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Academe, industries unite to address job mismatch

April 20, 2016 01:32 AM By: Louine Hope Conserva (The Daily Guardian)

BIG COMPANIES in the country partnered with universities in Iloilo City to guide high school students in choosing their careers in college.

The Dreamers Camp is organized by Dream Believe Connect (DBC) Inc., a private company owned by Allen Tan.

The camp will start on May 23, 2016.

Three schools already signed an agreement with the company to send their students to the camp - Iloilo Science and Technology-University (ISAT-U), Central Philippine University, and University of San Agustin.

GIA also projects 10-year target for growth sectors to plan and implement programs in city government-owned and operated schools including Iloilo City Community College and Technical Institute of Iloilo City.

Also part of the event is the Iloilo Government-Industry-Academe Council, a consortium of government, academe, and private institutions overseeing the growth and development of Iloilo’s education sector.

Lea Lara, executive director of Iloilo Business Club which is part of the council, said 50 companies have already agreed to host 100 high school students for a week at no cost.

“For example, those who are interested in a Civil Engineering Course, they will be spending four afternoons with different companies that have civil engineers. They will do plant tour. It is more of immersion and exposing them to the ground,” Lara said.

Lara said the initiative is also anchored on the K to 12 curriculum being implemented in the country as well as to help address job mismatch.

“Job mismatch starts in the career choice of a student. We would like to give them the environment and the experience of their true career. This is where the industry comes in the career formation of students. It is a proof of our engagement to the academe,” she added.

Lara said the camp on May 23 will serve as an experiment as they also target to involve all public and private schools in the region.

Source: The Daily Guardian