JobStart links up with institutions in Negros Oriental

14 institutions in Negros Oriental eye tie-up with JobStart

DUMAGUETE CITY – At least 14 business establishments and institutions in Negros Oriental have pledged to participate in the JobStart Philippines program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that prepares young Filipinos for employment.

These prospective partners attended Friday’s stakeholders meeting at a local hotel in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, with DOLE officials headed by Undersecretary Nicon Famenorag of the DOLE’s Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of Enterprises.

Famenorag disclosed that as of last count, 217 young job seekers have signed up to enroll in the JobStart program here.

The JobStart program was launched in Negros Oriental last November 5, 2015 with no less than DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz leading the activity.

JobStart Philippines is a collaboration between DOLE, the Asian Development Bank and the Canadian government to provide young Filipinos employment opportunities with the proper life skills program, technical training and internship prior to hiring.

Qualified are Filipinos aged 18 to 24 who are currently unemployed or not enrolled.

Famenorag disclosed that the current leading problem in the Philippines on employment is the so-called jobs mismatch, which he describes as a “phenomena”.

There are plenty of jobs around but nobody seems to be interested due to a variety of reasons, he added.

The labor official said one of the dilemmas faced by these young workers is the long transition between school and employment.

It would take two years at the most for a graduate to end up being hired and sometimes it the job description and the candidate’s qualifications do not match, he added.

Employers said it is difficult to get the right labor market for their needs.

At JobStart, the trainees will be subjected to intense training that will prepare them for future hiring, he said.

Simon Fraser, team leader of ScopeGlobal, the firm that will be engaged in JobStart Philippines with the private partners, explained about the program, the memorandum of understanding to be signed by the institutions partnering with them, and the training plan.

Fraser said the partners will be provided funding for the training of the JobStarters who shall also be given a stipend each of P200 per day for the duration of the program.

Ma. Socorro Mira, who heads the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Dumaguete City, announced in the same stakeholders meeting that April 18 to 22 will be the registration dates of prospective employees at her office.

She expressed hopes that some JobStarters will be hired on the spot although a job fair has been set afterwards for private partners to review the qualifications of candidates for the program.

Among the industries represented in Friday’s activity were the business process outsourcing/information technology sector, food and beverage industry and the hotel/resort industry. (PNA)

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