Call for Applications: USAID Opportunity 2.0 to fund tech-voc schools to train of out-of-school youth

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The USAID Opportunity 2.0 program calls on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) service providers to send in applications for the newly launched "Grants for Youth Work and Continuing Education Readiness Training Program for TESDA TVET Grads and Trainees."

Opportunity 2.0 is a collaborative program of the United States Agency for International Development that aims to improve the education, employment, and livelihood outcomes for the out-of-school youth across 12 cities in the Philippines until 2025.

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It is implemented by the Education Development Center, in collaboration with the Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, local governments, and partners in the private sector.

For this grant program, all interested TVET institutions, including for-profit firms, faith-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations with proven experience and technical expertise in conducting TESDA-accredited skills training or TVET programs for vulnerable out-of-school youth are welcome to apply.

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Eligible organizations should be located in the 12 covered cities of Opportunity 2.0: Angeles City, Legazpi City, Quezon City, Valenzuela City, Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, Zamboanga City, Isabela City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, General Santos City, and Cotabato City.

The grant aims to alleviate the skills gaps and jobs mismatch identified in recent local market surveys by enabling training service providers to reach more out-of-school youth in their respective communities.

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Grantees will also be enabled to deliver new content adopted from USAID Opportunity 2.0 that will give youth trainees employment and entrepreneurship advantages after completing the program.

Each grant award will fund activities for up to Php 2 million for a period of up to 12 months. Successful applicants will begin grant activities by October 2021.

The deadline to submit applications is on July 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be emailed to GrantsPH@edc.org. Application forms, templates, and complete guidelines can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/TVETGrantsApplication.

About USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

About EDC

A non-profit organization that improves learning and teaching, health and human development, and economic opportunity for people of all ages worldwide. EDC creates, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs, services, products, systems, and policy improvements. It has worked in over 60 countries and has operated in the Philippines since 2006.

About Opportunity 2.0

Opportunity 2.0 is a five-year (2020-2025) initiative that will improve the learning and earning outcomes of the out-of-school Filipino youth by working with key stakeholders from government, industry, and academia to strengthen the education, training, and employment systems at the national and local level. These include DepEd's enhanced Alternative Learning Systems program, TESDA's skills training programs, and local government programs for youth