How DOLE is helping fresh grads find jobs

By Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2015 07:00 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2015 03:00 AM

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has launched the program JobStart, designed to help the youth find employment after graduation.

In an interview, DOLE spokesman Nicon Fameronag cited an ADB study that found out that college graduates in the Philippines typically take 1 to 2 years on the average to find regular employment.

High school graduates, meanwhile, would take 3 to 4 years to land a regular job.

JobStart, Fameronag said, will help make the transition period between school and employment much shorter.

He said young people enrolled in the program will undergo life skills training, which help them get ready for employment. The applicant will then be referred to an internship with a participating employer for vocational training.

Employers who have partnered with the DOLE for the program will be paid P9,000 per applicant. Aside from the training, the applicant would also be paid 75 percent of the minimum wage.

"JobStart participating establishments are from different industries and occupations, including manufacturing (apparel and accessories, electrical components, food products, industrial gases, wood products, and cigarettes); wholesale and retail trade (machinery and equipment, office machinery); and hotel, restaurant and tourism (housekeeping, fast food services)," and that the 'first wave' of the program's implementation has seen record numbers, with a total of 4,473 registrants 3,407 of whom have been pre-selected; 1,520 were placed for life-skills training; and 462 were referred for internship," the DOLE said in a statement.