The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are jointly launching a training program to prepare women for IT-BPM jobs. The program, named the Women in STEM Workforce Readiness and Development Program, will be launched with 200 female students drawn from the IT field. STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. ILO Director Khalid Hassan said the program seeks to help women overcome the obstacles that reduce their entry, retention and advancement in STEM industries such as IT-BPM. Under the program, TESDA will provide scholarship vouchers for the pilot training of 125 women in animation, game development, and software development at the Human Resource Development Institute and other selected private sector training providers. TESDA is currently looking particularly for women who are interested in taking a course in animation and game development, said the agency’s director general Guiling Mamondiong.