The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 6 said that 124 youth-trainees, also called jobStarters, recently graduated from the 10-day life skills training, the first phase of the JobStart Program currently implemented by the agency in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office, its press release said.
The LST, one of the three components of the JobStart Program, provides the jobStarters with work ethics and social skills which the employers have repeatedly pointed out as critical to survive and succeed in today's competitive world of work.
DOLE Negros Occidental Field Office head Mary Agnes Capigon thanked all those who helped bring and implement the program in San Carlos City. She lauded the dedication and hard work demonstrated by the graduates to complete the training, the press release said.
San Carlos Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. thanked the DOLE and all partners for choosing the city as one area for the JobStart Program implementation. He assured his support for the program's success.
A PESO San Carlos City-initiated job fair followed after the LST graduation where 14 local employers, with 277 vacancies, participated in. The vacancies include those for call center agents, sales personnel/representatives, stock clerks, and cashiers, among others.
San Carlos City PESO manager Delia Camasura said 44, or 35 percent of the LST graduates, were recommended for final interview after the job fair, which means that they were qualified and considered for the positions they applied for, the press release said.
As for the other graduates, they will move to the next phase of the program, the three-month technical training with partner-employers and other accredited technical-vocational training institutions, and another three-month company-based internship.
While on training, they will receive a P200 daily allowance. While undergoing internship, they will be paid 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage rate in Region 6, the press release added.*
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