NAGA CITY: The office of the CamSur Employment Center (CSEC) at the Provincial Capitol was jam-packed recently by job seekers.
Scores of local welders from various localities in the province trooped and crammed to the place as they explored the possibility of joining the roster of qualified applicants for opportunity to work at one of the most desirable destinations in the world today, aside from the huge salary and luscious perks that await them.
The welders rush resulted from the decision to increase the number of welders to comprise the initial batch to be deployed to Australia.
Pegged initially at 20, the number is brought to 59.
According to M. Sha Torallo, current CSEC head, this welcome development is in compliance with the recent directive of Gov LRay Villafuerte.
The program, it will be recalled, is an initiative of Gov LRay Villafuerte in collaboration with his eldest son Migz and ELJARS Skilled Training Center to bring local welders at the forefront of the present job opportunity in Australia.
At least 300 slots for welders are open to qualified applicants.
They will be deployed by batch.
It has not been long when the provincial government defrayed the cost of undergoing the barrier test of the applicants which normally cost around P25,000 each.
After passing the test they were awarded their Certificates of Competency. Moreover, the provincial government also provided for the cost of medical examination with transportation and meal allowances.
The assistance provided by Gov Villafuerte was very much appreciated by the applicants and viewed it as a big boost on their bid to work in Australia.
Bringing the program to the next level, the governor directed another training for those classified as Class C welders to further enhance their skills and technics so they may be upgraded to become Class B welders, the standard being required in Australia.
The training will be conducted under the supervision of ELJARS.
At present, 19 applicants were already certified fit to work and are now preparing their travel documents. – MMEC/Bicol Mail