JobsDB, AME launches campus caravan project

July 11, 2013 11:45 pm 

By Josine Estuye

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) -– JobsDB, an online recruitment company and the Association of Marketing Educators, an arm of the Philippine Marketing Association, signed Thursday a Memorandum of Agreement intended to ease job-and-skill mismatch in the country.

JobsDB – Philippines OIC Sheryll Tiburcio and AME President Daniel Eufracio Hebro signed the MOA in a ceremony at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

“It is as they say a match made in heaven, with educators from AME and its network of schools and with JobsDB and our network of employers, who will be working together to prepare students in universities and colleges nationwide to face the challenges of the new economy” Tiburcio said, referring to the partnership.

Tiburcio stressed that there is a need for the convergence, saying it will complement the efforts of educators in teaching students about the labor force.

She explained it is a reality that not all the skills are being taught in schools since they are only limited to syllabi.

Tiburcio said it was the reason why they came up with the MOA which will put into motion the project called “2013 Career Drive," a campus caravan program that shall prepare college students for the demands of labor market.

Under the agreement, Tiburcio said the AME shall select 20 deserving universities all over the country, while JobsDB will be the one to carry out a one-day career caravan to each school.

The caravan will operate as a hub for career talks, panel interviews, to third year and fourth year interested college students, who will become job seekers in a few years.

Also, each campus caravan shall cater at least 500 students, making the whole program benefit at least 10,000 students.

The program shall run from September this year until February next year.

Further, Tiburcio clarified that it is an experimental program, so depending on the outcome, they may make some changes to improve the caravan.

Likewise, if it will provide positive results, then they might as well expand the program and cater to more schools and students.

On the AME's part, Hebron said based on the results, they may also reinforce the program themselves and refer it to its members so that it can be utilized by more schools.

“The career drive will hopefully make possible, a seamless school, toward transition to give students enough information about real opportunities in the workplace,” Tiburcio said.

Moreover, Tiburcio stressed that the project will hopefully assist the government in making decent jobs a reality for many Filipinos, thus contribute to the economic growth.

“I am confident that when we work together and learn from each other, moving forward will be much easier for everyone. We all want the same in the end anyway, jobs that matter, education that matters and development that matters for everyone,” she finally said. (PNA)

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