Manufacturing firms top first batch of JobStart employers–Baldoz
Manufacturing companies are among the first to formalize their participation in the pioneering JobStart Philippines Program and have offered internships to youth beneficiaries of the program.
Labor and Employment Secretary announced this yesterday, saying nine of 21 companies in four pilot areas of the JobStart Philippines Program that have signed memoranda of agreement (MOA) on the program at the end of October are manufacturers of various products ranging from electronics, automotive, and computer products to novelty items and garments.
“The rest were from the recruitment services sector and food industries. A total of 267 internship slots have been committed so far, 75 of which are in the manufacturing industry,” said Baldoz, citing a report of Bureau of Local Employment Director Anna Dominque Rubia-Tutay.
The BLE, a bureau of the DOLE, is the executing agency of the JobStart Philippines Program.
One of the manufacturing companies to first sign a MOA on JobStart was General Trias-based MKP Inc., a subsidiary of Muraki, Ltd. Japan, and a manufacturer of hard disk drives (HDD). The company signed its agreement on 29August and committed 15 internship positions.
General Trias is one of the four pilot areas for JobStart.
Other manufacturing firms, also from General Trias, were Telford Svc. Phils., Inc., which offers back-end semiconductor manufacturing services; CS Garments Inc., a textile manufacturer; and P. IMES Corporation, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and assembly company.
From the services sector, recruitment firms IMES Global, Inc. and Proserve Manpower Inc., both from Gen. Trias, Cavite, also signed up with the program.
In San Fernando, Pampanga, 30 internship slots have been offered by five manufacturing firms, namely, Carats Manufacturing, a producer and exporter of hand-made novelty items; Sankou Seiki Co. Ltd. Inc., a manufacturer of electronics and other products; CGS Solid Aircon & Refrigeration, Inc., manufacturer of car and room air conditioning units; GB Exprez, a manufacturer and exporter of cigarette tubes and cigarettes; and Aquino Basket, a manufacturer and exporter of baskets made of rattan and other raw materials.
Also signing up with the program are the following San Fernando City-based companies: iGO2 Group Inc., a market research company; Tele Sight, an installer of surveillance cameras and computers; Site Skills, a training institution; LA Bakeshop, a producer of bakery products; LA Bakeshop and Grocery, producer of bakery products and grocery retailer; and Romac Group of Companies, a recruitment agency.
In Taguig City, which is another JobStart pilot area, the following companies have signed up for the program: JobCrest, an HRM service provider; and Happy Haus Food Corporation, a donuts producer.
The fourth pilot area, Quezon City, has Image Doctor’s Clinic and Interlink, a manpower services provider, committing to also offer internship slots.
Director Tutay said the active partnership of the manufacturing industry with an employment facilitation program, such as JobStart, indicates that our youth interns are in good hands as manufacturing remains one of the key employment generators (KEGs) of the country.
“Youth beneficiaries of JobStart can expect sustainable career growth with our partner employers and I hope they make the most of their internship with them,” she said.
Secretary Baldoz said the enthusiasm of manufacturing companies to offer internship slots to JobStart beneficiaries shows that the industry is growing and continues to contribute in providing employment opportunities in the country.
“Our young people who are the beneficiaries of this pioneering employment facilitation program should take advantage of these opportunities. The DOLE, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, will develop a human resource development (HRD) plan based on the 24 sectoral roadmaps that will help in achieving the goals the country’s resurgent manufacturing sector,” she said.
Under the JobStart Philippines Program, youth beneficiaries who will be job-matched with internship positions offered by the companies will undergo technical training with daily allowance as contained in the training plans developed by the employers. The beneficiaries will do up to six months of internship of on-the-job training with stipends in the companies’ workplaces.
The DOLE’s JobStart Philippines Program is in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Asian Development Bank.
It seeks to enhance the employability of young people by offering them full-scale employment facilitation service including assistance in making informed career decisions, and a chance to improve their technical skills and develop life skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workplace.
The pilot project will test the success of these strategies through the employment of the youth beneficiaries in four pilot areas, namely San Fernando City, Pampanga; Gen. Trias, Cavite; Quezon City; and Taguig City.
Baldoz has committed to implement JobStart Philippines in all DOLE regions next year with funding support from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s Training for Work Scholarship Program.