What is Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay Program?
The Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay Program is
an apprenticeship and employment program adopted as a bridging
mechanism for new entrants to the labor force as they will
be able to acquire basic skills and work experiences needed
by employers in hiring new employees.
What are the objectives of the program?
Generally, the Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay
program shall ensure the availability of qualified skilled
workers based on industry needs and requirements as well as
facilitate and speed up the matching of jobseekers with available
Specifically, the program shall:
- provide opportunity for new entrants
to the labor force to acquire experience and skills;
- generate commitment from enterprises
in developing the skills of the Filipino workforce;
- facilitate the absorption of apprentices
into the regular workforce after their apprenticeship.
What is apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is training within employment
involving a contract between apprentice and an enterprise
on an apprenticeable occupation.
Who are considered apprentices?
Apprentices are persons undergoing training
for an approved apprenticeable occupation during an established
period and covered by an apprenticeship agreement.
Who can join the program?
Any unemployed person 15 years old and
above can apply for apprenticeship with any participating
Where can they register?
Applicants for the Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay
Program can register at any PESO near their place or in
any DOLE regional / provincial / district / offices. And
- register using the NMRS form;
- submit to PESO the accomplished NMRS form in two
- report to enterprise for screening, if referred by
the PESO, and
- inform the PESO on the result of the application.
How can an enterprise participate in
the Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay Program?
Any enterprise duly registered with appropriate
government authorities with ten (10) or more regular workers
is qualified to join the program. It shall accept apprentices
not more than twenty (20) percent of its total regular workforce.
How can they register for the program?
The enterprise shall register its apprenticeship
program with any of the TESDA Provincial Offices, submitting
the following requirements:
- Letter of application;
- Certification that the number of
apprentices to be hired is not more than 20 percent
of the total regular workforce; and
- Skills Training Outline
What is an Apprenticeship Agreement?
An apprenticeship agreement is a contract
wherein a prospective enterprise binds himself to train the
apprentice who, in turn, accepts the terms of training for
a recognized apprenticeable occupation emphasizing the rights,
duties and responsibilities of each party.
No apprenticeship training will commence until an Apprenticeship
Agreement has been forged between an enterprise and an apprentice.
What are considered apprenticeable occupations?
Apprenticeable occupations are occupations
officially approved for apprenticeship by TESDA.
At present, there are about one hundred
forty-nine (149) approved apprenticeable occupations, including
occupations not highly technical but needed by industry.
How long is the duration of the apprenticeship
The apprenticeship period shall not be
less than four (4) months but not more than six (6) months.
However, participating employer has the
option to hire the apprentice even prior to the completion
of the apprenticeship period.
How much wage shall an apprentice receive?
Apprentices shall be entitled to receive
a wage not less than 75% of the prevailing minimum wage and
benefits such as social security and health benefits, and
Apprentices can also work overtime provided
there are no regular workers to do the job and the time spent
on overtime work is duly credited to his training hours.
What incentives are participating enterprises entitled to
Participating enterprises shall be entitled
- payment of 75% of the prevailing minimum
wage to apprentices; or
- an additional deduction from taxable
income of one-half (1/2) of the value of labor training
expenses incurred for developing the productivity and
efficiency of apprentices, provided that such deduction
shall not exceed ten (10) percent of direct labor wage.
For more information
about this program,
visit the nearest PESO
in your area or,
theDOLE Regional Office
and TESDA Provincial and District Offices,
, Office of Apprenticeship
Tels.: 817-1899 • 817-4427
Bureau of Local
Tels.: 528-0108 • 527-2539