Friday, October 25, 2013

DOLE: With JobStart, “at risk” youth to get access to employment

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DOLE: With JobStart, “at risk” youth to get access to employment

From the Department of Labor and Employment

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the JobStart Philippines Program, a joint project of the DOLE, Asian Development Bank, and Canadian International Development Agency, will strengthen Public Employment Service Offices  (PESOs) to enable them to provide employment facilitation services to clients, particularly to “at risk” youth.

“At risk” youth, according to the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), are young workers who have the least access to productive work.

“The youth who are at risk take around two to four years—a long time—to find their first wage jobs,” noted Secretary Baldoz after she received a report from BLE Director Dominique Tutay on the launch of the JobStart Philippines Program in Gen. Trias, Cavite.
Gen. Trias is one of four pilot areas of the $5.6 million JobStart Philippines Program, funded by a grant from the ADB and the CIDA, and envisioned to benefit 1,600 at-risk Filipino youth. The three other pilot areas are Quezon City, with 900 beneficiaries; San Fernando, Pampanga, 360 beneficiaries; and Taguig City, Metro Manila, with 240 beneficiaries. In Gen. Trias, 100 at-risk youth will benefit from the program. JobStart Philippines was launched last month in San Fernando, Pampanga.

BLE’s Director Tutay said the program will strengthen the PESOs in these areas, especially as they implement “full-cycle” employment facilitation services, such as enhanced client assessment, career guidance and employment coaching, LMI delivery, and referral. “The program boils down to strengthening the employability of the at-risk youth,” she said.
Secretary Baldoz said the JobStart Philippines Program seeks to equip the youth with life skills and values demanded by employers  to improve their integration into productive employment.

“It also aims to guide and coach them to be knowledgeable on labor market information and on effective strategies for their job-search,” she added.

The JobStart Philippines Program is part of the Employment Facilitation for Inclusive Growth (EFIG) project of the DOLE, ADB, and CIDA, which was launched on July 9, 2013, to culminate in 2017. It seeks to strengthen the employability of young Filipinos and assist policy makers and regulators arrive at better employment solutions, decisions, and strategies towards sustained employment opportunities and growth.

Under the program, the BLE, through its Project Implementation Unit, will deploy a team of Training and Internship Officers to the PESOs in the four pilot areas. The teams will use a random experimental design to select qualified applicants who will receive technical and life skills training and work experience. Specifically, the selection criteria for these “at risk youth” beneficiaries are as follows: (1) young adults who are 18-24 years of age; (2)  at least high school diploma holder; (3) not currently enrolled in an education or training program; and (4) with less than a year of work experience.

The DOLE will provide technical assistance to develop tools for capturing and disseminating LMI about jobs, skills in demand, and wages and benefits. It will produce three manuals for the PESOs on how to assess job readiness; serve as a job coach/adviser; and conduct a job search. Further, the DOLE will train the local chief executives and PESO managers on the operation of a full-cycle employment service office and on the use of LMI in career guidance.

The local government unit in the pilot area will provide the manpower—a PESO manager; a Career Guidance and Employment Coaching (CGEC) officer; a placement or employment officer; and an LMI officer on full-time basis.

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