HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 6 no. 1 (2013)

Poverty Alleviation through Skills Training Provided by State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to their Communities: An Evaluation

Lolita V. Sicat

Discipline: Community Development



One of the mandates of SUCs is to extend assistance to its communities. This is achieved by conducting training programs & skills training when requested by LGUs. This study was conducted to evaluate the skills training provided by SUCs in the province of Tarlac to their respective communities to help the government in its attempt to alleviate poverty. This study used the input-output model in evaluating the skills trainings rendered by the SUCs in Tarlac Province from 2009 to 2011. The inputs to the programs were the skills trainings, the materials used for trainings, & the personnel involved, while the output evaluation looked into the benefits derived from the training. All school administrators and training personnel of the SUCs were included in the study along with 140 out of 602 training recipients who were randomly sampled. Results show that skills trainings were requested by the marginalized sectors of the province of Tarlac thru their Local Government Units. Among the in-demand training courses requested by the community recipients were Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Basic Culinary Arts, Small Engine Repair, Building wiring food processing and computer Literacy. The trainees were provided adequate tools and equipment while the trainers were highly qualified workforce certified by TESDA. Training recipients were personally and psychologically uplifted with self-fulfillment and improved self-esteem. There was a significant increase on the number of recipients who acquired jobs after they attended the trainings. The Wilcoxon signed ranks test between the difference on number of jobs before and after the trainings was significant at 0.27. This shows that the SUCs in Tarlac Province are providing the community with relevant trainings that give the community people necessary skills that can improve their chances of landing a job.