The youth unemployment rate in the country is more than double the national unemployment rate, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Rosalinda Baldoz said on Tuesday.
The Philippine Statistical Authority’s Labor Force Survey found that as of April 2014, there were 1.456 million unemployed youth, accounting for 16 percent of the total youth labor force of 9.254 million.
The youth belong to the 15 to 24 age brackets.
Baldoz said the high rate of youth unemployment is a big challenge. She believed that the unemployment will decline if youth unemployment decreases.
The DOLE has launched the program JobStart in partnership with the private sector to increase the employability of the youth by providing them access to training in technical and life skills demanded by employers and by mentoring and tooling them to improve their job searches and outcomes.
It will also finance vouchers that will enable some 1,600 youth-beneficiaries to gain work experience in companies through on-the-job training.
Baldoz explained that young people who are jobless, or have less than a year of work experience, and who are not enrolled in an educational or training program, or who have at least completed a high school education can access technical and life skills training and on-the-job opportunities that will improve their chances in
the world of work under the JobStart program.
“JobStart’s objective is to raise the youth job placement rate to 80 percent from the current 60 to 65 percent rate,” she said.
The four areas chosen for the JobStart pilot program are Quezon City, with 900 allotted beneficiaries; Taguig City, with 240; San Fernando, Pampanga, with 360; and General Trias, Cavite, with 100.