ZAMBOANGA CITY – Some 110 trainees of the government’s Life Skills Training (LST) in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, moved on Tuesday to the second phase of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Jobstart Philippines program.
Lawyer Roy Buenafe, DOLE regional director, said Tuesday the second phase of the LST involves technical training, job matching, and internship.
The technical training will be handled by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
Buenafe said that the length of the training will depend on what vocational course the trainees will take to acquire National Certificate Level II (NC II). It will range from 15 to 44 days.
Under the first phase of the LST, the Jobstart trainees’ personal competencies and work habits were developed and enhanced to prepare them for professional success.
The office of Buenafe and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Pagadian City sought the services of YES Academy to deliver the first phase of the LST in 10 days.
After finishing the first phase, each of the trainees received a PHP3,200 training allowance and a certificate of completion.
“We are helping unemployed youth become more employable by equipping them with necessary skills. This program is being implemented in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office of Pagadian City and partner employers,” Buenafe said in a statement.
Buenafe said that the program aims to assist the school-to-work transition of young Filipinos by enhancing the knowledge and skills they acquired through formal education or technical training so that they will be work-ready.
He said that upon completion of an internship with partner employers, the trainees will be further assessed and evaluated by the PESO to determine their overall job readiness and whether they should be referred for employment or would require further training.
Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co is optimistic that the implementation of the program will increase the employability of Pagadianon youths. (PNA)