Top Future Professionals 2016 to Help Boost Employability of Filipino Graduates  

PRESS RELEASE | June 2016

 

In the Philippines, limited employment opportunities remains a major issue as more Filipino graduates wait for their turn to enter the workforce. But there is a deeper issue that keeps Filipino job seekers from getting a job: Despite years of schooling, Filipino graduates are still considered deficient in oral and written communication skills, requirements deemed necessary to find gainful employment.

During a policy dialogue entitled, “Mind the Skills Gap: The Philippine Context” hosted by the British Council, it was bared that there is a need to improve the English competencies of Filipinos. Also important are the creation of curricula that will equip students with the required skills needed in the industry.

Programs that further expand the skill sets of Filipino graduates prove vital to fill in the gaps. Stepping in to address the need is Junior Achievement of the Philippines, Inc. (JAPI) as it launches Top Future Professionals 2016 (TFP 2016), a program that aims to boost the employability and entrepreneurial abilities of Filipino graduates and out of school youth (OSY).

A two-week training course, Top Future Professionals 2016 looks forward to producing globally competent jobholders who are fluent in English and have a high level of communication skills. The teaching staff, composed of notable industry professionals, helps students to map out a career plan while instilling strong leadership values.

In this alternative learning system, students also learn the following skills: Resumé development, interview skills mastery, public speaking, conversational and business communication.

Krishna C. Alejandrino, MSC, ChBA, JAPI’s Executive Director, said that their program’s goal is to bring out the best out in their participants.

“The Top Future Professionals program will serve as a bridge for recent college graduates or graduating college students who are already critical thinkers, collaborators, and creative individuals, but need to further enhance their language skills,” he said.

According to a study conducted in April 2016 by the New York-based financial forecasting website, theTradingEconomics.com, there were about 2,594 thousand unemployed individuals in the Philippines. The report stated that “23.1 percent were college graduates while 13.1 percent were college undergraduates, and 42.6 percent were high school graduates.”

Industry Partners

For TFP 2016, JAPI recently entered into an agreement with its new industrial allies, Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Department of Education – Alternative Learning System, and the Junior Achievement of the Philippines. JAPI’s other major partners are US Embassy – Manila, National Youth Commission, and ADP Philippines.

During the signing of the memorandum of agreement to seal the timely collaboration, Alejandrino applauded the efforts of their partners.

“We at JAPI have always believed in giving opportunities to harness and mold young leaders into their maximum potential. And I salute the US Embassy and YSEALI for their generosity and support, and for their strong efforts in coming up with creative and collaborative ways to make things better for Filipino students,” he said.

JAPI was launched in 1969 under the banner of Junior Achievement (JA), an international organization committed to honing the skills of graduate students. Introduced in the Philippines in 1967, JA is a non-stock, non-profit organization that has helped some 50,000 students from all over the country.

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Contact: Krishna Alejandrino

Executive Director

Junior Achievement of the Philippines, Inc.

Tel. No. +632.889.5877

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