McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Heather Variava, PBEd Executive Director Love Basillote, McDonald’s Vice President for the Human Capital Group, Franchising, and Restaurant Support Group Rebecca Roselada, and USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn attend the YouthWorks PH Skills Partnerships Summit on October 8.
Manila, October 17, 2022—The U.S. government is investing an additional Php 228 million ($3.8 million) to provide free skills-based and work-based training to unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth through YouthWorks PH, a private sector-driven employability partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).
The additional funding extends the YouthWorks PH program for another three years, to be completed in 2026.
U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Heather Variava made the announcement during YouthWorks PH’s first-ever Skills Partnerships Summit held in Taguig City on October 8. With the theme “Back on Track: Paving the Path to Prosperity with a Skilled Young Workforce,” the summit gathered the Philippines’ top business leaders and national and local government officials to discuss partnership strategies for the skills development of the Filipino youth.
Deputy Chief of Mission Variava commended the commitment and creativity of government and private sector partners in spearheading initiatives to further enhance technical-vocational skills training in the Philippines. “The U.S. government is proud to invest in the Filipino youth. Together with PBEd, we are providing training opportunities that will lead them to employment so they can provide for themselves and contribute positively to society,” said Variava.
“Investing in our youth is investing in our country’s success. Through YouthWorks PH, the youth—especially those who are not in education, employment or training—are empowered with the right skills needed for their employment,” PBEd Chairman Ramon R. Del Rosario Jr. said. “With the help of our partners, we are able to provide work-based training, enhance their employability and help them get back on track.”
To date, the partnership between USAID and PBEd has provided more than 13,000 work-based training positions with its industry partners, leading to the placement of close to 4,000 youth who are not in education, employment, or training. Initially implemented in five main areas (Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, General Santos, Greater Manila Area, and Zamboanga), the program has also expanded its geographic reach to five additional sites (Agusan del Sur, Bohol, Northern Cebu, Sarangani, and South Cotabato).
During the event, USAID and PBEd also welcomed industry giants as new YouthWorks PH project partners: McDonald’s Philippines, Amazon Web Services, Banco de Oro Unibank Inc., Proudcloud, and Launchgarage. The partnership will contribute nearly Php 54 million ($915,000) worth of support to the training needs of at least 5,600 youth around the country.