Skills Dev’t, Job Creation and Youth Hiring

Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 and is filed under Mindanao TVET, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report by McKinsey& Company finally was released and its results should be read by all educators worldwide. The report takes note of two related global crises: (1) high levels of youth unemployment and (2) a shortage of people with critical job skills. In the report’s final analysis, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that “by 2020, there will be a global short fall of 85 million high and middle-skilled workers. The report further states that  society will have to be prepared for outbreaks of anger or even violence from young people who have worked hard to graduate from school and university only to find out that they cannot secure decent jobs.

The Philippines (and Mindanao) should take heed on the underlying notes of this Report as it continues to battle on youth unemployment.   The McKinsey Report had hit it right in saying that in order to address youth unemployment, there are two fundamentals that need to be in place: one is skills development and the other is job creation.  Skills development in the Philippines still pose a lot of issues and challenges and the bad part is, most of our Skills Training Institution are very much aware of these issues but are not or could not do anything to improve their businesses. For one, external factors are curtailing them and secondly, employment cannot be the sole responsibility of Training Institutions, schools and the Universities.  It should be understood that  job creation, which is the other fundmental necessity to address youth unemployment is the responsibility also of many others such as Government, Industry employers and players, Investors.

If MinTVET is in the business of skills training and development, then it should be that business that ensures high employability of graduates that could lead to employment or entrepreneurship or something that our young people will land on after graduation and be busy about to become functional in society in order to gain a better quality  of life.  We hear this loud and clear but then again, should be we also be the same entity that acts like a “recruitment agency” for our TVET graduates? Making our graduates highly employable is one thing, getting them employed and accepted by Industries based on its HR policies, is another. (Marycel C. Engracia)

Ed’s Note:  Visit for more information on the Global Education-for-All Report

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