Agusan del Sur— About 100 out-of-school youth who were enrolled in Jobstart Philippines Program simultaneously started their Life Skills Training (LST) last September 3 at STI College-San Francisco and Jerome’s Place-Trento.

The objectives of the program are to improve the labor market information available to youth by strengthening PESO capacity to offer timely, accurate information on job vacancies and needed skills, and assist with job searches; and provide youths with access to technical and life skills training demanded by employers, opportunities for work experience with learning on-the-job, and mentoring and tools for improving job searches and their outcomes.

The JobStart Life Skills Training is a crucial stage in the JobStart Philippines Program given to youth beneficiaries who completed the career guidance and employment coaching (CGEC) session and were randomly selected as beneficiaries. It sought to prepare the participants for job matching with internship positions offered by JobStart partner-employers who will provide them with internship slots in their companies where they will undergo up to three months of technical training and up to six months of internship, both with stipends.

The two training areas were selected by the Institute for Integrality, the official service provider of the LST for jobstarters. There were 77 jobstarters enrolled for the training held at STI College-San Francisco while 23 were trained at Jerome’s Place in Trento. The trainers were trained by the Jobstart facilitators Ms. Jodelyn Martin and Ms. Sherelley Mangubat.

“Nalipay ko kay sa pila ka bulan na ko na hinulatay, maka sugod na gyud ko og training ug matudluan na ko unsaon ang pagpangandam sa pagpanarbaho, (I am happy that after months of waiting, I will now be trained for me to become job-ready),” Ms. Ma. Innah Veletero, Jobstarter from Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur said.

JobStart Philippines Program fully funds the ten-day life skills training program and it provides the JobStarter with P200 daily allowance. The training’s life skills modules include knowing one’s self, the world of work, personal branding, job hunting, financial literacy, health and well-being, and networking.

After the ten-day life skills training, LST graduation is scheduled to commence on September 14, 2018 at Provincial Learning Center, Provincial Capitol, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

KRISHA VILLANUEVA