Lapu Lapu City, Philippines - YouthWorks PH, the P1.7-billion, five-year youth training
and employment project implemented by the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)
in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed five agreements that would create 370 skills training positions for youth in Metro Manila and Cebu. PBEd signed memoranda of understanding with Miriam College, the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punlaan School, and three Cebu-based organizations: Primary Structures Corp., School of Knowledge, Industrial Labor, Leadership and Service (SKILLS), and the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise.
Under the agreements, partners will work together to provide skills training programs
to young Filipinos, especially those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) leading to productive employment.
Punlaan School will open its doors to train at least 40 women in hospitality and culinary courses, Miriam College will develop an Alternative Learning System Senior High School diploma in partnership with a leading construction company for training and employment, and Cagayan de Oro Chamber member companies will participate in the project’s work-based training program. The Cebu-based organizations will support 330 youth
in engineering technology and construction-related skills.
“Education must adequately prepare people for the 21st century workplace.
Workforce development challenges, while global in nature, also have local nuances
that require local solutions, and industry-academe-government collaboration
is a key success factor in working global models of workforce development programs,”
Brian Levey, director of the USAID Office of Education said.
Karol Mark Yee, YouthWorks PH chief of party said the partnerships are a solid testament to the capability of industry and academe to work together in helping develop the country’s workforce. “Improving the state of our education is a task that is no longer exclusive to government and academic institutions, and workforce development
is not the sole responsibility of the business sector. We would like to thank our partners
for joining us in this exciting collaboration, anchored on our shared mission to help
the Filipino youth lead productive lives,” he added.
The project will begin its recruitment drives next month in various target sites
in the country starting with Cagayan de Oro City. This will be followed by outreach programs and career caravans in Greater Manila Area, Zamboanga City, Cebu, Iloilo,
Gen. Santos City and Davao City. The project will run until 2023.
“YouthWorks PH will improve access for youth to training and employment opportunities, and engage the private sector in workforce development. Our partnership will create over 4,000 work-based training positions for youth and these positions will be complemented with classroom-based skills training and competency certification,” USAID Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wesner said.