Philippine power company trains female line-worker aspirants

PHILIPPINES: Female line-crew workers who aspire for employment at the country’s main power supplier, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), now have a bigger opportunity to join the company through its recruitment and capability-building programme.

The Meralco Linecrew Training Program (MLTP) is designed to train skilled female line workers who can eventually join the Meralco workforce. A group of 15 trainees will study for five months through a series of lectures, physical training, and endurance conditioning.

The goal of the MLTP is to build and hone the workers’ skills for handling manually operated tools and climbing utility poles. Once they have finished the programme, they will be evaluated for hiring and deployment.

Meralco, a traditionally male-dominated company, led the training and hiring of female line crew in Southeast Asia in 2013. Currently, it has nine female lineworkers. The company has formed diversity and inclusion pledges as part of its commitment to promote gender diversity and inclusion.

Earlier this year, Meralco and Don Bosco College-Canlubang opened a technician scholarship programme for 15 aspiring female electrical technicians. The scholars will enjoy free tuition and allowances while training in Technical Vocational Education on Electrical Installation and Maintenance and Mechatronics in August.

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