The Industry Skills Training Program (ISTP) course Industry Assembler/Operator Course is now a one-year program called Production Technology Course.
The ProdTech trainee must be a high school graduate between the ages of 18 and 25 inclusive. The in-school component remains at six weeks.
This is done through a minimum 8-day pre-deployment training at CITE training centers depending on the need of the partner-companies for Dual Training System (DTS) trainees, while the rest of the 6-week in-school training is done outside of office hours.
The total in-school and in-plant training must not exceed one year.
The Production Technology course costs P22,600.00. Parents give a commitment fee (that their daughters or sons stay on until the end of the course) of P1,000.00 and costs for uniforms and ID's are pegged at P350.00.
The Production Technology course is carried out as a study-now-pay-later plan, where the trainee gets to pay back the cost of training through a portion of the DTS fees that DTS companies provide.
Sixty percent (60%) of the fees go to trainee allowances and forty percent (40%) goes to pay back the cost of the course. Even as the course pays for itself, the trainees need funding for their in-school training and miscellaneous fees. Many of the trainees need help for transportation and meal expenses, while others who are from out-of-town also need help for board and lodging fees.
Even as some DTS companies require the trainees before the end of the six weeks of in-school training, most DTS partners wait for the six-week IN-school training to finish before requiring the trainees to go on their DTS in-plant training mode.