TAGAYTAY, CAVITE – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) demonstrated its commitment to addressing the various needs of the Filipino workforce in its recent conclusion of back-to-back activities centered on its programs for Youth Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET). Last 22-23 April, the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) partnered with DOLE in gathering togetherPublic Employment Service Office (PESO) representatives from all over the country for an in-depth training activitydesigned to review and improve PESO practices in relation to youth engagement. On the 24th of April, a Joint Agenda Planning Workshop was conducted among collaborators of the YouthWorks PH program, in the same venue, Summit Ridge Tagaytay.
YouthWorks PH is a USAID-supported five-year nationwide private sector led initiative which engages industry,academe, government, and other education and employment stakeholders in improving humancapitaldevelopment in the Philippines, especially those with limited opportunities for upskilling andgainfulemployment. The program is being implemented in the country by DOLE through the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), in partnership withPBEd.
Karol Mark Yee, YouthWorks PH Chief of Party, introduced the program, its components, and its subsequent role in addressing the concerns of Youth employment, during the two-day training entitled ‘From Engagement to Employment: Capacity-building and Skills-to-Succeed Training for PESO’.The program included several workshops meant to trigger discussion among service providers on Youth NEET engagement best practices, areas of improvement, replication, and lessons learned. Case studies were presented and analyzed, with gaps and good practices in recruitment (e.g. CareerCaravan or Job Fair), career counseling,employment and learning facilitationinitiative (e.g. JobStart, SPES),monitoring, evaluation and learningdocumentation (e.g. database, research,LMI) and advocacy, studied at length.
During the Joint Agenda Planning Workshop, YouthWorks PH Policy and Advocacy Manager HanibalCamua presented the draft DOLE-YouthWorks Action Plan. A forum was opened for participants to air concerns and put forward feedback and suggestions to the program’s agenda. Workshops followed for the effective implementation and administration of the program.
YouthWorks PH is set to increasethe access of Filipinoyouth NEET to quality training and employmentopportunities. DOLE, through the programs of the BLE, continues to pave the way for disadvantaged sectors of Philippine society to become empowered participants in the labor force.