98 unemployed college graduates successfully finished a 10-day Life Skills training organized by JobStart Philippines’ Life Skills Training and the Iloilo Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

The training is a full-cycle employment facilitation service that provides free employability enhancement and skills training with allocated allowance to qualified applicants, PESO-Iloilo head Francisco Heler said.

Graduates are scheduled to undergo technical training skills up to three months but it will also depend on the company that would employ them. After the technical training, another internship with PESO-partner industries will take place for another three months.

 “The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) can also provide them with training depending on the training regulation of the company they will apply to,” Heler added.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Asian Development Bank funded the JobStart program, which aims to address the rising issues on unemployment and job mismatch.

This program is a big help to Ilonggos since it caters to young jobseekers who are having difficulty in finding a job after graduating.

“In the program, we emphasize to them that attitude and character are very important. They knew themselves, and they were taught building relationships with people because they will be working with people and this is a way of preparing them for places of work,” Heler said. (RJ Espartinez)