PBEd honors private sector partners, project opens 19k jobs for K to 12 grads

Makati City, Philippines -- Over 19,000 entry-level jobs and 400 work immersion positions for senior high school graduates and students recently opened through First Future, a private sector-led initiative that aimed to urge industries to open their doors to training K to 12 graduates and students, thus providing the youth better access to economic opportunities.

In a culminating event at the Makati Shangri-La on October 21, advocacy group Philippine Business for Education honored its partners from the private sector that signified their strong and continued support for the Department for Education’s K to 12 program.

“We are pleased to announce that over the past year, we are now seeing more openness in what once was a hesitant environment, as more companies are choosing to hire based on competencies rather than credentials.” PBEd Chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr. said in his welcome remarks.

Some of the job openings were offered through immersion and employment caravans held in Metro Manila and Cebu City. The caravans, with 70 participating companies, provided a venue for over 2,300 students and graduates who applied for immersion and employment positions. Among those who were interviewed, 35% were deemed immediately hireable, while 52% were considered for further interview.

The First Future project was funded by the Citi Foundation under their Pathways to Progress initiative, a global response to persistent unemployment among the youth.

About PBEd

PBEd is a non-profit that advocates for workforce development and encourages partnership among government, industry, and academe to ensure better alignment from education to employment. One of PBEd’s advocacies is the support of the K to 12 program by encouraging more companies to participate in K to 12 training and employment through its project First Future supported by the Citi Foundation.

About Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation.

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