French Embassy and NGOs prepare underprivileged youth for the job market

The Embassy of France to the Philippines and French-Philippine NGOs are working together to equip underprivileged Filipino youth with the necessary skills and knowledge that would eventually help them land jobs in the private sector.

More than 50 young beneficiaries of over 10 French-Philippine NGOs have been invited to participate in the Forum on Youth Employability that will take place on September 9 at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

The forum aims to link young and motivated Filipinos from underprivileged backgrounds with managers from private companies, such as AXA Philippines, Crown Relocations, Danone, El Nido Resorts, Freyssinet, Jewelmer, Jones Lang LaSalle, L'Oreal, Manpower, Mazars, Megacem, Novotel, Premier Wine and Spirits, QBE Group, Sanofi, Schneider Electric, Sofitel and Teleperformance.

Many of the participating French-Philippine NGOs work with children, teenagers and young adults that come from poor communities or broken families, or who have been victims of abuse or have been in conflict with the law. Among these NGOs are the following: Enfants du Mekong, Virlanie, ATD Quart Monde, Entrepreneurs du Monde, LP4Y, ACAY, Fondacio, Passerelles Numeriques, Enfants d'Asie, CAMELEON, France Volontaires, MakeSense, France Philippines United Action and Muslim Aid.

During the forum, past beneficiaries of these NGOs, who are now successfully employed, together with their managers, will share their experiences in reaching employment. Roundtable discussions and workshops will also provide the young participants with advice to for a smooth integration into the professional world. Finally, representatives of the private companies will interact and conduct mock interviews with the participants.

French Ambassador Thierry Mathou and Dominique Rubia-Tutay, Director of the Bureau of Local Employment of the Department of Labor and Employment, will also attend the event, together with representatives from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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