(Originally published on August 28, 2011; reprints previous original material published in this section)
Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom provided the technology support to the recently held Jobs Bridging Fair in Cebu Citythat showcased, among others, the job-profiling program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The event was organized by the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) in partnership with TESDA Region 7.
The job fair, one of the highlights of the CBE tenth anniversary, aimed to bridge job seekers and jobready graduates with employment opportunities as a relevant input in the thrust to quality education. The event also included job facilitation activities participated by key industries from the priority sectors of tourism, information and communications technology (ICT), business process outsourcing and construction.
Being a major partner of CBE on various programs, Globe provided 25 laptops with Internet connection for the job fair. The laptops were used for TESDA’s YP4SC or Youth Profiling for Starring Careers, a multi-phase program that aims to help high school students, out-of-school youths, unemployed adults, course shifters and retirees make informed decisions on their careers to avoid education and job mismatch. YP4SC components include career profiling, labor market information, education and training information, career guidance and tracking. TESDA is one of the 36 institutions and 250 individual stakeholders that make up CBE, a Cebu-based non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the vision of creating empowered communities of learning. Its members represent the academe, students, parents, government, nongovernment, business organizations, media practitioners and professional and civic groups.
Being an expert on research and development of ICT integration in teaching and curriculum development, CBE is currently the major partner of Globe in its Global Filipino Teacher (GFT) and Global Filipino Schools (GFS) programs. GFT is a teacher enhancement training where CBE helps in developing capacities of teachers to conduct ICT-enabled learning activities in the classroom. Following its success, Globe and CBE, together with the Department of Education, are now looking at further improving the capability of ICT-mature public high schools to become the community expert in ICT through GFS.
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