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Job hunt ready bids 1st batch of JobStart Life Skills Trainee graduates

The Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 held its Life Skills Training (LST) Graduation last week at the University of La Salette, Santiago City.
 
Two hundred five (205) JobStarters graduated from the nine-day training program where they have undergone career guidance and employment coaching, trainings on Labor Market Investment, client assessment, life skills training, and work ethics.
 
JobStart is a partnership program of the DOLE, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Government of Canada, which aims to increase the employability of the youth by providing them access to technical and life skills training demanded by employers and by mentoring and tooling them to improve their job search.
 
The graduates are part of the rollout implementation of JobStart Philippines Program which was piloted in two cities in Region 2 – Tuguegarao in Cagayan and Santiago in Isabela.
 
During the graduation rites, DOLE Regional Director Manuel C. Roldan told the graduates that by joining the LST, they have taken the first bold move in enhancing their knowledge and skills acquired in formal education or technical training in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market. The LST will help the youth develop life skills, including those relevant to the values of professionalism and work appreciation.
“The training that you have undergone serves as your preparation for your job hunting stage. The learnings that you acquired from your trainers will equip you with confidence, which is very important to help you project the real you in job interviews,” Director Roldan said.
The nine-day LST is a preparatory training for the qualified JobStarters before undergoing the six-month Technical Training and Internship Period with the JobStart partner-employer.  While under training, they are already paid by the DOLE with an amount of ₱200.00 per day as their allowance.  During their intership, they will be given an allowance by their respective employer of ₱255/day or the equivalent of 75% of the applicable minimum wage.
JobStarter Maria Christina del Pilar, one of the graduates, dreamt to be a teacher. Due to her lack of confidence and work experience, all her career plans were not realized. However, she did not lose hope and decided to join the JobStart Philippines Program.
“JobStart offers stepping stones for me to rebuild my plans, and helped me to be more confident of the skills that I have,” Christina shared during their graduation.
Furthermore, Christina expressed her gratitude to the program as it opened doors for her to realize her dream to become a Teacher. “I found knowledge, respect, and friendship that are so precious that I will treasure for a life time,” she added.
 
Special awards were also given to the outstanding JobStart trainees during their graduation. Those who expressed their leadership skills and outstanding performances received a certificate and medal.
 
Under JobStart, the youth beneficiaries aged 18 to 24 years old shall receive full-cycle employment facilitation services that include (1) Career Guidance and Coaching, to be provided by PESO staff and other trained career guidance coaches and advocates; (2) Life Skills training; (3) Technical skills training for up to three months; and (4) Company-based internships for up to six months. (END/JVP/RBE)
 
by Jolina V. Pelovello
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2017-12-20
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