How to Apply Skills For Employment Scholarship Program (SESP)

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The OFWs and their families who choose to enroll in technical vocational courses are eligible for this program. The OWWA Skills for Employment Scholarship Program was made possible through cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). It is available to OFWs who are active OWWA participants, as well as to their dependents, to cover the costs of enrolling in tech-voc courses in any training program in their respective regions that is accredited by TESDA.

The Skills for Employment Scholarship Program or SESP is a scholarship program available to dependents of OWWA members. OWWA collaborated with TESDA in this program to make this scholarship possible.

No matter how long the training program is, the applicant will receive the full cost of tuition, up to P14,500.00 per course, through the scholarship. The applicant is responsible for the difference if the training charge for the course they have chosen is higher than what is specified.

Skills For Employment Scholarship Program

For OWWA members and their families, the service has also extended the availability term for up to six (6) months after their membership coverage has finished. In addition, because the dependant is single, the age restriction for dependent availability has been increased from twenty-one (21) to twenty-four (24) years old.

The official Facebook page of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has recently shared the opening of Skills For Employment Scholarship Program (ESP).

To qualified active members and dependents enrolled in TESDA-accredited training centers or other government training institutes, the SESP will provide technical or vocational training support.

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Why should you enroll in the SESP program?

The SESP program offers a FREE scholarship up to PHP 14,500 per course as a per course.

You can increase your knowledge and experience in the areas where you want to learn more by enrolling in additional courses. Aside from that, you should take advantage of this chance. After completing any short-term course with TESDA approval, a National Certificate II (NC I or NC II) is usually required for skill-oriented jobs in the local and foreign career path. You can apply for a promotion or a better job with these credentials.

What are the Benefits?

Qualified people (active OWWA members and dependents) will receive up to a maximum of P14,500.

SESP Courses Offered

Any of our TESDA-accredited courses are open to all OFW members and their dependents, including the following:

  1. Agriculture and Fishery
  2. Decorative Crafts and Ceramics
  3. Processed Food and Beverages
  4. Gifts, Toys, and Housewares
  5. Tourism (Hotel and Restaurant)
  6. Jewelry
  7. Metals and Engineering
  8. Furniture and Fixtures
  9. Garments
  10. Construction
  11. Communication, Electronics & Information Technology
  12. Maritime Land Transport
  13. Health, Social Services and Other Community
  14. Social and Personal Services

Also Read: Types of OWWA Scholarship

Who is Eligible for OWWA SESP?

The following OWWA members are qualified for the SESP:

  • Vacationing OFWs or (land-based and sea-based)
  • Completed contract staff who are now OWWA members

Qualifications for OWWA SESP Program

  • An OWWA member in good standing or a dependent/beneficiary of an OWWA member in good standing. A member-OFW is only able to have the following dependents/beneficiaries: their spouse, children, and parents. a child or young adult under 20 (not currently enrolled), a single OFW’s sibling or brother under the age of 20 (not currently enrolled), a Philippines national, a minimum of a high school diploma
  • Must successfully complete the Multiple Aptitude Battery Test (MABT) or the TESDA qualifying examination for the program of choice. Typically, this is done at the school of your choosing. The applicant will take a TESDA admission/assessment test after being questioned. This is also without cost. Visit an OWWA Regional Welfare Office in your area to take part in the program or learn more about it.
  • Have at least one (1) membership contributions on file.

Note: Three (3) more membership contributions are required for further eligibility. You must submit an application for TESDA’s or a recognized testing center’s performance evaluation and certification after finishing the course.

Also Read: How to Apply For OWWA Scholarship

What are the necessary Documentary Requirements?

  • 1’X1” ID Picture (2 copies)
  • Proof of OWWA Membership ( i.e. Official Receipt of OWWA contribution, E-Card, Seaman’s Book, POEA authenticated Contract)
  • Photocopy of OFWs PASSPORT
  • Application Form duly filled out
  • Form 137 / H.S. Report Card or Transcript of Records General Wt. Average in 4th HS
  • High school or college diploma Proof of relationship to OWWA-Member / OFW:
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (duly certified by the LRC)of applicant if child of OFW
  • Valid OWWA Membership of the OFW
  • Birth certificate or any proof of relationship with the OFW

Also Read: OWWA Scholarship Courses

How can I apply for an OWWA SESP scholarship?

Qualified individuals must do the following steps in order to use the SESP:

Applying for a scholarship is to download and complete the form found at the link below. Verify that no information was left behind.

Download the SESP Application Form Here

Step 1: Go to the local OWWA office that is the nearest to you.

Step 2: Submit identification (ID) or a passport to the Education and Training Unit/Focal for membership record verification. submit a completed application form together with the necessary documents.

Step 3: Wait for the Notice of Award to be issued (NOA).

Step 4: Enroll in the Tech-Voc course of your choice.

For Single Applicants

A Certificate of No Marriage approved by the Local Civil Registrar or PSA is necessary in addition to the above requirements.

To apply for the SESP scholarship, please bring the above-mentioned specifications to your nearest OWWA office. For further information, please visit the OWWA website at

OWWA Scholarship SESP (Video)

Here’s a video that explains this OWWA program. Please be guided accordingly:

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These are the advantages, conditions, requirements, and steps involved in applying for the SESP OWWA scholarship program. We hope that you receive the proper guidance and are able to use these projects to develop your skills for FREE.

If you choose to return permanently to the Philippines or to work in the future overseas, you can also use the training and skill development programs. You may use the knowledge and training you’ve received to start a business, further your self-development, or both.

To progress with your talents and expertise, it is never too late to learn something new. So let’s make the most of these projects and use them effectively. Happy studying!

Reference: OWWA

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