Bohol joined the first Partnership Summit on October 12 where YouthWorks PH celebrated with its partners from all over the country in supporting skills development of the Filipino youth.

“It was a great opportunity hearing recent developments surrounding the different industries regarding recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as learning how LGU and private sector initiatives in developing the Filipino workforce and taking part in providing skills learning and training opportunities for the youth,” Bohol Public Employment Service Officer and BEPO head Vilma Yorong, who came on behalf of the Provincial Government.

Bohol is among expansion sites of the program along with Agusan del Sur, northern Cebu, Sarangani, and South Cotabato.

Begun in 2018, YouthWorks PH is a private sector-driven employability partnership between the US Agency for International Development (USAid) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) which goal is to provide free skills-based and work-based training to unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth.

According to Youthworks, the program to date has provided over 13,000 work-based training positions with its industry partners, leading to the placement of close to 4,000 youth who are not in education, employment, or training.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Heather Variava announced during the summit that the USAID is investing an additional Php228 million YouthWorks PH project for another three years, until 2026.

The program also launched a P54-million partnership agreement with industry giants and tech startups that include Amazon Web Services, BDO Unibank, PROUDCLOUD, Launchgarage, and McDonald’s Philippines to create more training slots for youth in novel and high-value sectors, and food and beverage services.

5,600 free training opportunities await following the partnership agreement.