YouthWorks PH, the youth training and employment project co-implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) officially launched its program in the city today, bringing together partners from the local government, the private sector and the academe.
"This launch further cements Cagayan de Oro City's role as our pioneer partner in implementing a workforce development project for the benefit of the hardworking youth of the city," said YouthWorks PH chief of party Karol Mark Yee.
The P1.7-billion five-year workforce development chose Cagayan de Oro as one of its pilot sites for its first year of implementation owing to the city's promising growth sectors in agriculture, banking and finance, construction, hospitality and tourism and manufacturing. PBEd signed last August 29 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city government to facilitate the project's activities in the city.
So far, the Cagayan de Oro Technical Vocational Institute already offered 100 slots for trainees in the construction and hospitality sectors.
The Skills Mastery Institute (SMI), a private trade school in the city, also committed 100 training slots in the coming weeks as additional partners from the academe and the private sector are expectec to sign up and join the project.
"Through YouthWorks PH, Cagayan de Oro youth who are not in education, employment or training will undergo skills training in the city's companies and educational institutions to prepare them for eventual work. The Cagayan de Oro City government for its part, will help us in ensuring that our project reaches out to those who are most qualified among the youth," Yee said.
"We look forward to our caravan which will take place in the city in February 2019. We are inviting companies to invest in the future of Cagayan de Oro City as we go out to engage the youth for our exciting training programs for our pioneering batch this March 2019," he added.