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SSS opens 100-day on-the-job training program for students

MANILA, March 29 – The Social Security System (SSS) on Monday said it has opened a new program designed to help poor students undergo hands-on training in its operations and increase public awareness on the importance of social security services.

SSS president and chief executive Romulo Neri said the new Social Security Services Training Program (SSSTP) stemmed from its successful summer training for students and in response to public clamor for its implementation as part of agency's operations.

"The program helps students pursue their education and trains them to be productive by enabling them to save money for school expenses," he said. "It also increases public awareness on SSS services and facilities."

Under the program, 133 SSS branches would each hire up to four students. The trainees will receive hands-on training on various SSS operations from April 12 to August 31 under the supervision of SSS branch officers.

Students must submit an application form on March 26 to April 6 with the latest school registration form, two 1.5×1.5 ID pictures and documents showing their age, academic rating and family income. They will receive up to 400 hours of training and an allowance of P45 per hour.

Neri said the SSSTP replaces the Summer Social Security Services Training Program (4STP), which SSS launched in April 2009 for student-dependents of laid-off workers during the global financial crisis.

"We received overwhelming feedback from students who enjoyed their work last summer. The 4STP was so successful that we decided to offer the same training program not only during summer but throughout the year," he said.

Neri said the agency would implement the SSSTP twice a year, with each program spanning 100 training days or about five months.

“Applicants must have passed all subjects taken during the last academic term they attended," he said, adding that the SSSTP is open only to students whose families have a monthly income of P 10,000 or less.

Application forms are available at SSS branches and can be downloaded from the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph.

Other SSS training opportunities include the regular On-the-Job Training Program as practicum subject for graduating students and the annual Presidential Summer Youth Program. (PNA) RMA/JCA/pr

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