Don Bosco TVET Director Joseph Abillada orients the 4th batch of participants of the CBNC scholarship program. (Photo courtesy of Faye Peralta, CBNC Community Relations Assistant)

Fifteen applicants for the fourth batch of Don Bosco scholars of the Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) recently qualified to undergo the 15-month vocational training after a screening conducted on May 23.

Faye Peralta, CBNC community relations assistant, said the company was inspired by the result of the first and second batch that they decided to open the third batch for out-of-school youth (OSY) to allow them to land a job.

“Kasi we were inspired with the first and second batches natin na they were employed outright noong mag-graduate sila, so most of them were absorbed nong mga companies kung saan sila nag-OJT (on the job training), naging regular employee sila doon,” Peralta said Saturday.

Under the scholarship program of CBNC, the scholars will undergo a 15-month course on General Electrician, Fitter Machinist, Refrigerator and Air Condition Maintenance and Railway Technician with their partner school Don Bosco TVET in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

The applicants were screened by a team led by Don Bosco TVET Director Joseph Abillada through a written examination and interview conducted from May 22 to 23.

The scholars came from the different barangays of Bataraza with a minimum of 10 years of residency, ages 19-30 years old male and single.

The applicants are high school graduates or Grade 10 completer of Alternative Learning System (ALS).

The company wants to continue the program by opening the fourth batch.

“We want to continue the program so that through the program na-equip na sila with technological skills. Kapag graduate na sila dyan, they become employable, hahanapin na sila ng mga kompanya,” she added.

Qualified applicants may enjoy the full tuition fee in the scholarship, including a uniform allowance, payment for NC II assessment fee, board and lodging, and P6,000 monthly allowance.

Peralta said the fourth batch would also have 15 slots available so that it will be a manageable number on the part of Don Bosco.

Scholars of the program are expected to leave Bataraza on July 24 for the opening of classes on July 30.

The participants of the program were all male as the first and second batches have encountered problems on the dormitories for female scholars.