20 April 2018 - To help realize K to 12’s promise of an employable youth, industry-led advocacy group Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) convened business associations and chambers to reaffirm their support to the reform and open their doors to senior high school graduates poised to join the workforce.
A survey of companies in the organization’s network revealed that only 1 in 5 companies are ready to hiring a K to 12 graduate, but 3 out of 5 are open. “Readiness and openness are two different things; the former being the capacity for companies to hire given their availability of facilities and entry-level positions, and the latter simply being the company’s willingness,” PBEd executive director, Lovelaine Basillote said. “And given that 93% of K to 12 skills are suitable--even necessary--for entry-level work, we think we can help both graduates and companies through this program,” she added.
Given the current reality on openness for hiring K to 12 graduates and the availability of SHS graduates, PBEd Chairman Ramon del Rosario enjoined the private sector to deliver the promise of employability by rethinking hiring guidelines and putting a premium on competencies instead of credentials. “We need to get this right now, as more and more of our youth will graduate from K to 12 annually. The only way for our country to continue growing is for our youth to succeed,” Mr. del Rosario added.
This statement of support was reaffirmed by leaders from the country’s biggest business associations such as Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PCCI), Makati Business Club (MBC), IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and the Joint Foreign Chamber of the Philippines (JFCCP), who also shared their own initiatives for K to 12 support.
PBEd also shared their own effort for affirmative hiring, through a coalition where companies join and commit to training and hiring slots to help the nearly 600,000 youth to transition from school to work through their coalition. As a continuing initiative, PBEd’s initiative is calling on more companies to take part and join their affirmative hiring coalition.