Friday, November 9, 2012

TDI Students Have Jobs on US Embassy Grounds

TDI students wait for their turn to be interviewed by
Engr. Rafael Ian Ilagan, building construction contractor. 

Tyron Sarmiento (seated, in white shirt) marketing officer for the
 Covenant Community Service Cooperative joins the pre-service

The students try on new safety shoes and reflective vest
a few days before they start work. 

Twelve students at the CCT Training and Development Institute-Magdalena Campus have been blessed with a contract that will have them working  at the US embassy from November 2012 to March 2013.  Five electrical maintenance students and seven plumbing students – who simply needed a place where they could get on-the-job training – got full paying jobs when they were hired by a building contractor who has a construction project on the US embassy grounds in Manila. 

After March they will go back to TDI to complete the rest of their one-year building maintenance course
which includes masonry and carpentry. 

The TDI curriculum provides its students  with the basic knowledge, practices, techniques, and skills they need to succeed in a career in building maintenance and combines this with several months of on-the-job training. 

The young men are sons of micro entrepreneurs  receiving micro finance assistance from CCT's Savings and Credit Cooperative. Many of them could have spent years being unskilled and jobless but with God’s intervention in their lives they have fresh hope not just for themselves but for their families too.