A non-profit organization is eyeing to partner with Iloilo City Government to provide trainings and employment opportunities for Out-of-School Youth (OSY) in the metropolis.

The Philippine Business for Education (PBed) targeted to launch in Iloilo City on second quarter of 2019 the YouthWorks PH, a five-year P1.7-billion workforce development project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

YouthWorks PH aims to make education and training more responsive to the needs of the economy by partnering with Local Government Units (LGUs), industry, and academe to provide opportunities and employment training to youth not in education.

“We chose Iloilo City as one of the sites in the country because it is the center or hub for urban growth in terms of economy. We have seen the potential of Iloilo City being the regional capital. We see growth in the field of banking and finance, construction, and tourism and hospitality management,” PBed policy and advocacy manager Hanibal Camua said.

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The project’s target beneficiaries are OSY aged 18 to 24, specifically those who graduated from high school in the old curriculum; at least Grade 10 completer in the new curriculum; and unemployed college graduates, below 24 years old, who have no work.

Camua said PBed will partner with Iloilo City Social Welfare and Development Office, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) office, and Local Youth Development Office to identify the district with the highest number of OSYs.

The recruitment for beneficiaries will start in the second quarter of 2019. 

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PBed will be the one to initiate or link with institutions and agencies to provide trainings and seminars for the target beneficiaries.

The trainings will focus on six areas including banking and finance, agriculture, construction, tourism and hospitality management, manufacturing, and field of energy.

“If we give opportunities like trainings to beneficiaries, then they would definitely have bigger chances to be employed,” Camua said. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)

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