“With technological advancement and globalization, people are now hankering for freedom and flexibility when it comes to work. In particular, the millennials are observed to have the insatiable desire to explore, to acquire new knowledge, and to discover the world,” shared Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay, citing some of the findings of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2016 Future of Jobs Report.
The report further provides that as societies become progressive, the interconnection of education, gender and work is highlighted in multifold initiatives, programs and policies. The unique experiences and collective values of millennials are poised to reshape the economy.
The Future of Jobs Report showed the net employment outlook by job family in 2015-2020 having a decline in traditional functional industries (e.g. Office and Administrative, Manufacturing and Production, Construction and Extraction, Legal, Installation and Maintenance, and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media). On the other hand, evident is the growth in Business and Financial Operations, Management, Computer and Mathematical, Architecture and Engineering, Sales, and Education and Training industries.
“Through the years, the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) endeavors have been geared towards achieving inclusive growth through decent and productive employment. These objectives are attained through various programs promoting of employment opportunities, human resources development, security of workers’ welfare, and industrial peace maintenance,” said Director Tutay.
Prior to being entrants into the labor market, the DOLE aspires to prepare the youth and to harness their potential to its fullest by establishing strong foundations during their education. Pioneered in 2011, the inter-agency Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) aims to raise the awareness of both parents and students regarding the realities of the labor market, and engage guidance counselors and advocates to optimize the utilization of career guidance in addressing job-skill mismatch.
Supplementary to the CGAP is the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) which helps indigent students who would want to pursue their education by encouraging their employment and providing them financial assistance.
Also, the JobStart Philippines seeks to benefit at-risk youth through enhancement of knowledge and technical skills, development of life skills, and provision of internship opportunities that will shorten their school-to-work transition. The program also aspires to improve the Public Employment Service Offices’ (PESOs) capacity in providing full-cycle employment facilitation services.
The government’s investment in youth, being the future workforce, serves as proactive response to the current global trends and major demographic shifts, as they become exposed to various opportunities for self-actualization.
“With DOLE’s employment facilitation initiatives and various programs, the 21st century skills – set of knowledge, skills, and traits that are critical in contemporary careers and workspaces – are further developed and harnessed,” Director Tutay ended.
Another DOLE program, Philippine Talent Mapping Initiative (PTMI) assesses and evaluates identified 21st century skills (i.e. innovation, creative problem solving, problem sensitivity, critical thinking, planning and organizing, decision making, multi-tasking, work standards, math functional skills, English functional skills, English comprehension, self-motivation, stress tolerance, social perspective, teamwork) of the Filipino workforce.
The BLE is a staff agency of DOLE which is tasked to promote full employment by facilitating access of Filipino jobseekers to local employment opportunities through policy researches, standards setting, strategy development, labor market analysis and provision of technical assistance to regional implementers in support of employment service operations.