JobStart Philippines is an employment facilitation program of the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment that supports local youth to develop their skills and discover their potential. Its key focus is assisting the school-to-work transition for at-risk youth.
JobStart receives support and financing from the Asian Development Bank and Government of Canada, and implementation support from Scope Global.
The program was piloted in four local government units in and around metro-Manila in 2014. Since then, government participation has increased to 35 participating local government units that are assisting youth to find employment by:
- Improving the labour market information available to youth
- Providing access to technical and life skills training
- Providing opportunities for work experience with learning on-the-job
- Providing tools for improving job searches.
Following the national roll-out of the program in 2016-17, high school graduates are securing a job up to three years faster than before the program began.