CALABARZON youth to be more marketable in labor market

Date Posted: June 27th, 2017 10:27 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently introduced an employability framework that will shorten the usually long school-to-work transition of graduates and will enhance the employability rate of the youth through provision of comprehensive career guidance and advance skills trainings.


The Youth Employability Framework, which was developed by DOLE Regional Office IV-A, was designed to increase youth employability rate by promoting effective career choice through self-exploration, community assessment and family integration; and by promoting life skills training to learners prior to their entrance to the labor force.


“DOLE Region IV-A, together with our partner organizations, continuously initiates programs for the development of the human resource in Calabarzon to address the nation’s issue on unemployment and underemployment, especially on the youth sector,” Regional Director Zenaida A. Angara-Campita said.


Based on the study conducted by the Asian Development Bank (2016), the Philippine labor market experience reveals a long school-to-work transition – averaging two to three years for high school graduates to find their first job in the market, while one to two years for college graduates, which contributes to the pressing issues on youth unemployment.


The framework was anchored on the Multiple Career Development Pathways Approach of the SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Asian Development Outlook 2016, and American Schools Counselor Association National Model, that envisions to alleviate the long school-to-work transition, which is currently being experience by the youth in the Calabarazon region.


The employability framework was also adopted by the Regional Development Council through the Resolution No. IV-A-64-2017, entitled “Adopting the Youth Employability Framework and Promoting its Mechanism to Various Instrumentalities of the Government and Private Sector”, to strengthen the linkage between the labor market and labor force supply.


“As provided by the resolution, DOLE, together with Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other agencies and private sectors will work hand-in-hand on the steps to be undertaken as enrolled under the framework,” Campita said.


END/Abegail De Vega with reports from JM Laude
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