100 young graduates triumph in JobStart training program

100 young graduates triumph in JobStart training program

100 young individuals graduated from the JobStart Life Skills Training (LST) program in Tacloban City. Photo: DOLE-8/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8, in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Tacloban City, marked a significant milestone as they honored the graduation of 100 promising individuals who have successfully completed the JobStart Life Skills Training (LST) program.

The event, held on July 24, 2023, at Hotel de Fides in Tacloban City, was a momentous occasion that celebrated the participants' achievements and readiness to enter the workforce.

The JobStart LST program has been vital in preparing these young job seekers to meet the demands of various industries. During the training, they learned essential life skills like effective communication, time management, problem-solving, and teamwork. These skills are crucial in today's job market, making the graduates more attractive to potential employers.

At the ceremony, a renowned Career Counselor, Ms. Julienne Rose Saballa, offered insightful career guidance. Her advice gave the graduates valuable tips on successfully navigating the professional world, boosting their confidence and aspirations.

Engr. Emmanuel Y. de la Cruz, representing DOLE-North Leyte Field Office Director Henry John S. Jalbuena, highlighted the program's significance in empowering the youth with knowledge and skills. He emphasized that the JobStart LST program bridges the gap between education and employment, giving fresh graduates better opportunities to secure meaningful careers.

After the ceremony, a Mini Job Fair was held exclusively for the LST graduates. Five employers from different industries participated in the fair, offering various employment opportunities. Impressively, 50 of the graduates were successfully hired by these partner employers, immediately using their newly acquired skills.

DOLE-8 JobStart Philippines Focal, Karmela de la Sierra, explained that the mini job fair aimed to make the transition from training to employment smoother for the graduates. The goal was to give them every chance to start their careers and positively impact the local and national economy.

The graduates expressed their happiness and excitement as the event ended, marking the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Their enhanced life skills and career guidance allow them to pursue meaningful careers and contribute significantly to their community's growth. —iTacloban (Source: DOLE-8)

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