173 OFWs graduate from POLO-OWWA UK Skills Training Program
A total of 173 workers in the United Kingdom graduated from 14 different courses under the Skills Enhancement Training Program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) offered for free by the Philippine Embassy through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office -Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA).
The graduation ceremony held on 24 November 2019 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington was attended by officials of the Philippine Embassy, London spearheaded by His Excellency Antonio M. Lagdameo, partner agencies, Filipino Community Leaders, and graduates who received Certificates of Completion for each training that they finished from September 2018 to November 2019. The various courses offered were Ladderized Patisserie Course, Barista Training (3 Batches), Meat Curing and Processing (2 batches), Cooking (Hot Sauces), Photography (3 batches), Fashion Design, Fruit/Vegetable/ Soap Carving, Speech Development Through Broadcasting, Cake Decorating, Building Online Presence, Dumpling-making, Catering Services (2 batches), Financial Literacy, and Bartending.
“The Embassy is happy to have been able to offer you the opportunity to learn new skills or upgrade existing ones. It is our simple but sincere way of actualizing our hope for the Filipinos in the UK to someday transition from being employees to employers, from being workers to being entrepreneurs,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo during his speech.
The said training programs were organized not just to impart skills to the workers but to also spark their interest in starting up a business that will, in turn, provide employment opportunities to people in their community. Hence, the Embassy and POLO-OWWA hope to expand these trainings by developing better courses and modules and reaching out to more OFWs in the UK.
“Next year, we will be bringing the training programs to other parts of the UK in partnership with Filipino communities. We also plan to do organization-based training programs so we can spread the opportunity to other people. We have something better for you next year. We will ensure that next year is a level up training for you,” said Labor Attaché Amuerfina R. Reyes.
The training programs are part of the Reintegration Preparedness Program aimed at preparing OFWs to reintegrate and mainstream into Philippine socio-economic realities upon their return to the country.