100 Ilonggo Youth-At-Risk Undergo Life Skills Training

Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. gave his go signal to the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to implement JobStart Philippines Program in Iloilo province this year.

JobStart is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) preparing young Filipinos for employment. JobStart does this by providing youth with career coaching, life skills and technical training, and internships with employers.

One hundred Ilonggo youth-at-risk under JobStart Philippines Program are currently taking their 10-day virtual life skills training aimed to strengthen their values and skills to help them become successful job seekers.

Program beneficiaries will go through 37 online modules that will assist them in better understanding their inner selves, recognizing their unique abilities, aligning their life goals and purposes, planning their career path, and preparing for job interviews.

Within the duration of the training, collaborative learning will be encouraged as participants will be given opportunities to interact and learn from one another, capped by a recognition program on the 10th day.

To sustain their participation, beneficiaries will be receiving training and load allowance.

The training runs from July 5 to July 15. After which, beneficiaries will undergo technical training with allowance and paid internships with partner companies. The program has partnered with 14 employers this year.

The training is in response to the demands of the labor market from those who seek employment to involve full recognition of one’s knowledge, skills, values, as well as personal and professional goals.

The maximum full-cycle program cost allotted for each beneficiary is P50, 856.00 which covers the training allowances and fees, insurance, medical and laboratory fees, and security permits

This year, the Province of Iloilo shoulders the cost for twenty trainees, while DOLE provides funds for eighty beneficiaries.

Jayrel Encontro, PESO


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