TESDA Scholarship Programs

Crucial to TESDA’s role as the TVET authority in the country is its capacity to steer and provide guidance to the sector. With the end in view of setting out clear directions and establishing priorities, the availability of timely, relevant and accurate information is of essence. Data gathered through the conduct of researchers and studies shall be disseminated to enable the TVET stakeholders to make informed decisions.


With quality information, TVET policies and plans shall be formulated to serve as the blueprint for TVET implementation in the country. Programs and services relating to these concerns embody the role of TESDA as the authority in technical vocational education and training (TVET).


TESDA shall seek jobs through domestic and international market intelligence report to pinpoint specific job requirements and shall find the right people who can be trained to fit the jobs in partnership with NGOs, social welfare agencies/ institutions, school and community organizations. TESDA shall train people using standards of quality for TVET developed in consultation with various industry sectors.



Training for Work Scholarship Programs (TWSP)

This program provides immediate interventions to meet the need for highly critical skills. The program has two fold objectives. One is to purposely drive TVET provision to available jobs through incentives and appropriate training programs that are directly connected to existing jobs for immediate employment, both locally and overseas.



This program aims to address equity and access by providing direct financial assistance to deserving TVET enrollees across all regions in the country. The program was launched in May 2006 with funding from the Office of the President and mainstreamed in the regular budget.


This program is a response to the clamor of the industry to address the critical skills shortages in priority sectors, particularly the Business Outsourcing, metals and engineering, construction and tourism, among others.



Minimum requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time the scholar finishes the training;


  • Educational attainment shall be based on industry requirements or as prescribed in the relevant Training Regulations;


  • Can either be out-of-school youths, TVET trainers or industry workers obtaining skills upgrading training programs;


  • Priority shall be given to those without prior formal or vocational trainings as well as those coming from regions or provinces where the absolute number of poor residents and the incidence of poverty are high, as identified in the latest official poverty statistics of the PSA-NSCB; and


  • Other clientele groups such as persons with disability (PWDs), indigenous people, solo parents and their children, senior citizens shall be afforded access to scholarships opportunities in the qualifications/courses where they can qualify. OFW returnees, members of the families of AFP and PNP personnel killed in military and police operations and other marginalized groups may also avail of the scholarship program subject to pre-qualification.


  • Must not be currently a beneficiary of other government educational scholarship and subsidy program.




Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA)

This program was established through Section 8 of Republic Act No. 8545, otherwise known as the Expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Act.  PESFA offers educational grants to qualified and deserving college freshmen both in degree and non-degree courses. The program seeks to:


  • extend financial assistance to marginalized but deserving students in post-secondary non-degree courses;


  • promote TVET;


  • contribute to the development of a competent skilled workforce; and


  • assist private institutions in their development efforts by assuring a steady supply of enrollees to their course offerings.


The PESFA directed the beneficiaries on the choices of careers to the critical skills requirements of in-demand jobs in the labor market. It also allows for equity distribution of the opportunities made available through government subsidies.



Minimum Requirements

  • Must have completed at least 10 years of basic education;


  • At least 15 years old;


  • Have taken the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) or have undergone the Youth Profiling for Starring Careers (YP4SC);


  • Have an annual family income of not more than Php300,000.00;


  • Must not be a recipient of any post-grade 10 scholarship program; and


  • Must not have attended any post-secondary/ college education program.



Special Training for Employment Program (STEP)

The objective of this program is to provide skills training opportunities for the beneficiaries in the barangay communities to make them employable and productive. STEP is a community-based specialty training program that addresses the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities.


Training programs offered are generally short-term or modules based on the Training Regulations promulgated by TESDA. Its objective is to provide skills and training opportunities for the beneficiaries in the barangays/ communities to make them employable and productive.


Both public and private TechVoc providers, but mostly local government training centers and TESDA Technology Institutions, deliver the training programs under STEP.

The beneficiaries of STEP receive the following assistance:

  • free training and competency assessment,
  • starter toolkits and training allowance of sixty pesos (Php 60.00) per day for the duration of the training.


The program was introduced only in 2014 in line with thrust of expanding the reach of TVET to the grassroots.


Minimum requirements

  • At least fifteen (15) years old at the start of the training program; and


  • Filipino citizen.


  • Preference shall be given to beneficiaries belonging to indigent families under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction and Informal Sector families and second to those under the next lower poverty level as determined by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).



Online application system for TESDA scholarship programs, http://t2mis.tesda.gov.ph/Barangay




Contact information

Central Office, http://www.tesda.gov.ph/Directory


Regional Provincial, http://www.tesda.gov.ph/Directory/Regions


Technology Institute, http://www.tesda.gov.ph/Directory/TTI



Read more http://www.tesda.gov.ph/Barangay/

Or visit, http://www.tesda.gov.ph/About/TESDA/1279/#TWSP

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