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Based on a research study conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment, joy seekers and college graduates who plunge into the employment pool are typically experiencing jobs and skills mismatch, which according to DOLE Usec. Danilo Cruz is one of the biggest problems that the government is now trying to solve.

Cruz revealed that those who are trying to join the labor force do not posses the knowledge, skills, and capabilities’ that the industry peculiarly need.

“The college graduates have the degrees and capabilities that often mismatch with qualifications of the jobs being generated in the country. That is one of the many big problems that DOLE and other government agencies are focusing on. “ Cruz said

“We are looking at how our youth can be taugh to plan their career, to take college programs that are fit to their needs of the industries in the coming years,” she added.

In October 2009, DOLE launched “Project Jobs Fit,” a program that  aims to determine the preferred skills that priority industries look for in applicants. Based on DOLE assessment, key employment generators are the mining , business process outsourcing (BPO), and agriculture industries.

“From there, we came up with a career guide, and in partnership with the Department of Education and some guidance counselors, third and fourth year high school students were targeted to join the career guidance counseling, carried out nationwide,” Cruz said.

Cruz told the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers municipalities, cities, and provinces to help DOLE in its endeavor to fix the edmployment problem.

He also said that before the academic year comes to a close, a career guide seminar is being held at each school for the graduating senior students. DOLE distributes pamphlets for them to learn more about career planning – about which college program to take, and which could make them land fast on a job.

Cruz noted that the plan of DepEd to add more years in high school level will give students the opportunity to learn technical and vocational skills that will  make them job-ready soon after graduation.

Creuz advised that if these students are not yet financially capable of enrolling to college, they can go to TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority). They  have  ladderized program that can equip them with industrial competencies that may be credited in college. (Precie C. Cuarto-TP-CNEX/PIA9-BST)




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