Vocational skills training for out-of-school youth

Improving chances: Vocational skills training for the out-of-school youth of Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu

Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) severely hampered key industries in Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu, including poultry farming and a burgeoning tourism industry. The International Labour Organization (ILO) not only contributed to the two industries’ revival but also made sure to include in livelihood recovery activities, some of their most vulnerable worker-constituents: the out-of-school youth (OSY).

The trainees received a daily allowance (based on the then-current minimum wage rate), social security, and health and accident insurance. The graduates were then assessed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), with the successful ones awarded with national certification.