The government needs to review the targeting of its scholarship and training programs to better reach the youth who need these opportunities the most.

This was one of the key points raised by Philippines Business for Education (PBEd) Executive Director Lovelaine Basillote during the webinar titled “Empowering Youth Not in Employment, Education, or Training through Technical and Vocational Education and Training” recently organized by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

Basillote noted that it is important to know where the youth are, what constraints they face, and what interventions and training programs are in place, so that the government can make the right interventions.

“We can focus our interventions and redefine existing ones to really target the youth in poor and rural communities; these are the women with home care responsibilities. We saw similar data in the course of implementation of YouthWorks PH,” Basillote said.

YouthWorks PH is a five-year joint project between PBEd and the United States Agency for International Development, which “aims to make education and training more responsive to the needs of the economy by working with the government, industry, and the academe to provide opportunities for youth not in employment, education, or training (NEET)”.

Basillote noted that trainings are “directly and indirectly expensive”, with the wrap-around costs of a youth trainee reaching around PHP 15,000 for a two- to three-month training in professions such as construction, information and communications technology, tourism, and manufacturing, as estimated by YouthWorks PH.

To address this, Basillote said the project “provides wrap-around services, such as transportation and dormitory allowances, through its strategic partners to encourage more young women to train in construction jobs, which are in high demand even during the pandemic”.

The government can also maximize the use of technology, such as virtual reality training, to address mobility restrictions, according to Basillote.

Meanwhile, she also noted the “overestimation of the number of youth NEET” in the country, urging the government to rethink the scope of its scholarship programs.

“Maybe we should limit the number of scholarship programs but increase the support to ensure completion and employment,” she pointed out.

Aside from improving the scope of scholarship programs, Basillote urged the government to focus on the needs of the trainees, such as wrap-around costs, and inform them of the benefits of training. ###

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