THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is teaming up with Globe Telecom, Inc. in providing communications support for youth trainees under its jobs training program.

In a statement on Wednesday, PBEd said it had forged a partnership with Globe, which will provide P600,000 worth of SIM cards and load allowance to 600 trainees under the nonprofit group’s workforce development project YouthWorks PH.

The trainees are part of the pilot run of YouthWork’s flexible training for work program that hones the job readiness skills of out-of-school youth. 

Besides providing more than a half a million worth of communication support for the trainees, Globe will also offer modules under its digital thumbprint program, which will educate trainees on online behavior and the proper use of technology.

PBEd Executive Director Lovelaine B. Basillote said in a statement on Wednesday that the partnership “is a testament to the private sector’s commitment to work hand-in-hand with other stakeholders in the education and workforce development sectors.”

“With this, the youth are given access to programs that will help them become productive and eventually employed,” she added.

Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Ma. Yolanda C. Crisanto said the company believes in getting involved in measures that will help the underserved youth especially during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

“This partnership is a joint commitment to support high-potential young Filipinos to cope with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted learning, upskilling and employment,” she said in the statement.

The trainees will be assigned to mentors who will utilize online modules on employability which includes communication, professionalism and leadership, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.

The program will also offer technical vocational modules from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s online program. The national rollout of the program will be this October.

YouthWorks PH is PBEd’s youth employability partnership with the United States Agency for International Development launched in 2018.

PBEd describes itself as “the business community’s response to the need for greater education and economy alignment.” — Gillian M. Cortez