Here in the country, there are quite some programs that target out-of-school youth who really wants an upper hand in terms of their careers. There’s the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to provide extensive knowledge and skill to learners.
Plan International, an international development organization, plans to provide opportunities to out-of-school youth by giving them enough skills to be given job opportunities by partner-companies.
Opportunities to out-of-school youth
In TV Patrol’s program, they interviews Shera Samson and Michael Gingco, two out-of-school youth of a scaffolding-inclined career.
Samson only finished one (1) year of college because of financial matters. On the other hand, Gingco was only able to finish high-school and has been a scaffolder in Japan.
Plan International offered them free training for their skills to be nurtured, giving them a better chance at life. In fact, the two (2) learners said that after their training, their next step is to find a better job for themselves. They said that with the skills they have and that they’re about to acquire through the program, they’ll be able to land better jobs.
Samson said that in case she becomes a safety officer, she would know the difference between a scaffolding that’s done correctly and one that’s done inappropriately.
In case maging safety officer ako, alam ko ‘yong tama o maling pagkakabit ng scaffolding.”
In Translation: In case I become a safety officer, I know the correct way to install scaffolding to establishments.
Gingco, on the other hand, says that he needs to have a job for himself; he has a goal and a dream he wants to achieve.
Kailangan ko lang talagang magtrabaho kasi mahirap maging tambay. Kailangan mayroon kang goal sa buhay.”
In Translation: I need to work because it’s hard to be a bummer. I need to have my own goal in life.
As you can see, both of them are really pointing towards the correct direction. With a straight solid plan and goal in mind, they know that they need to work hard for them to earn a better future.
Youth Economic Empowerment
Plan International’s Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) is the program that can provide opportunities to out-of-school youth to have specific sets of skills for them to be granted a job from partner companies they have.
In entering the program, the company would be eyeing on the following qualifications to see if the applicant is eligible for the program:
- Must be 18 to 29 years of age
- Should be at least a high school graduate
- Must be willing to work after the training
- Must have finished technical-vocational training
NOTE: A daily allowance is given to all successful applicants while undergoing training. This is for the learners to have some sort of financial support even if they’re still on the training field.
Dominique Rubia-Tutay, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bureau of Local Employment said that this engagement they have with this non-profit organization is to provide opportunities to out-of-school youth to hone life skills that can be accessed online.
Dito po sa engagement namin with Plan International magkakaroon ng digital platform para ang lifeskills training natin gagamit ng teknolohiya para mas maraming makaka-access online.”
In Translation: In our professional engagement with Plan International, we’ll be introducing a digital platform for our life skills training so that many more interested learners would have the chance to access it online.
TESSA by Plan International
To add to that, DOLE is also eyeing on installing TESSA, the chatbot developed by Plan International in the job search portal of PhilJobNet. Doing so can allow all interested applicants to see different opportunities for jobs, training, and it can even help individuals to create resumes by just chatting with it.
Overall, the DOLE is trying to help and give opportunities to out-of-school youth by making it easier for them to have a platform where they can do everything from creating a resume from scratch, to landing a job with the field they specialize in.
Hopefully, more programs like this would arise in the coming years. This would not only impact the unemployed, it can also help in the strengthening and in improving the country’s economy by giving more jobs and opportunities to Filipinos.
Are you an out-of-school youth? Do you think you need formal and proper training for you to land a job? Spread this information and help your fellow countrymen!
Source: TV Patrol News