A total of 588 successful trainees graduated from the JobStart Philippines Program during its 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, March 14 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City.
During the said event, DOLE Usec. Joel Maglunsod said the pilot of JobStart has been success after 807 (75%) of its 1,070 graduates were hired. For this year, 99% of the 588 graduates are already employed.
Maglunsod added that Jobstart Philippines Program will be expanded to cover all regions nationwide in 2017 with 4,200 slots to be opened.
What is the JobStart Philippines Program?
The JobStart Philippines Program is a joint initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Government of Canada for funding support and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for providing technical assistance. The program seeks to assist young Filipinos start their careers and find meaningful paid employment.
The JobStart Philippines Program aims to enhance the knowledge and skills acquired by jobseekers in formal education or technical training in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market. The program will also develop the life skills of the youth, including those relevant to the values of professionalism and work appreciation, and provide trainees with conducive and safe work environment or venue where they can apply relevant theories and proper work ethics.
Who are qualified to join the JobStart Philippines Program?
This program shall be implemented nationwide to benefit at-risk youth. For purposes of this program, at risk youth are those who are:
- Filipino citizen
- 18-24 years of age at the time of registration. Those who are 17 years old may also register provided that they will be 18 years old at the time of the technical training.
- At least high school graduate
- Either currently not working, or have less than a year of work experience, not enrolled in an educational or training program during the time of registration
- With less than 1 year, or no work, experience
What are the JobStart Philippines Program coverage?
Under JobStart, the youth beneficiaries shall receive full-cycle employment facilitation services that include:
- Career Guidance and Coaching, to be provided by PESO staff and other trained career guidance coaches and advocates;
- Life Skills training for 10 days;
- Technical skills training for up to three months; and
- Company-based internships for up to six months.
Read more about the JobStart Philippines Program below:Dept Order No_ 148-16