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234 Jobstart beneficiaries completed Like Skills Training 

Clad in crisp and savy smart-casual clothes, the Jobstart trainees queue to find their seats for this most awaited event of their 10-day Life Skills Training.
234 youth aged 18-24 years old celebrated their LST Recognition day on 24 November 2017 at the 2/F Activity Hall of the newly renovated wing of Gaisano Mall of Gensan. This event culminates the two-week training which enhances their readiness and suitability for the world of employment.
General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera guested the event together with DOLE Region XII TSSD Chief, Ms Ruby Carrasco and ISSD Head Ms. Remily Oca. The DOLE Field Office Head Ms. Fatima QL Bataga and PESO Manager Engr. Alex Banguiran also facilitated the said event.
Mayor Rivera highlighted his youth development plan for the city as closely coordinated by the youth affairs development office (YADO) which has also a special focus on Out-of-School youth.
The life skills training (LST) is the first capacity building of the Jobstart program which entails providing soft skills related to employment which entails goal setting, developing confidence, effective communication, time management, stress management, being a good team player, handling complaints, managing complaints, and problem solving and decision making.
The BLE commissioned Kaugmaon for Children’s Rights and Social Development, and NGO based in Davao City, as the service provider for the capacity development initiative.
The LST recognition also showcased the talents of jobstart trainees through various presentations such as song, dance, theatre and comical skit. There were six presentations from the six blocks (classes) of forty students.
Following the LST recognition was a mini job fair in which partner employers interviewed and selected their trainees based on their background, determination to pursue and willingness to learn their functions.
There were seven (7) trainees who were hired on the spot and the rest were for the technical training and internship modalities.
Jobstart is an employment facilitation program that assists 18- 24 youth who have at least reached high school level, currently not working, education and training and have not worked for more than a year.
This program is implemented by the Bureau of Local Employment of DOLE with funding and technical assistance from the Government of Canada and the Asian Development Bank. General Santos City is among the 18 new PESO’s who have rolled the program in 2017 and will continue to implement henceforth. (PESO/Arnel L. Borela)

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