Job training for ‘mature’ workers sought

A BILL was filed at the House of Representatives establishing job training programs for mature or older workers in the country to increase their occupational and educational skills and improve their long term employability.

House Bill No. 1076 authored by Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and his brother Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez (Party-list, Abante Mindanao) seeks to empower all workers regardless of age so as to promote equal employment opportunities.

Older workers are always put at a disadvantage and have less chances of being hired because of increased competition not only from their equals but also from younger professionals, Rodriguez said.

The proposed measure seeks to increase the chances of older people to again obtain employment by providing job  training programs designed specifically for workers 40 years old and above and whose income are below the poverty line.

Each program shall comprise objective assessment using the case management technique of the skill levels and service needs of its participants.

These include basic skills, occupational skills, prior work experience, employability, interests, aptitude and support services.

Also included in the program is the development of service strategies that shall identify the employment goals, achievement objectives and appropriate sequences of services for the participants.

The Department  of Labor and  Employment (DOLE)  shall develop the job training programs and  formulate  the  necessary implementing rules and regulations to ensure the efficient and  effective execution of the  program.

In selecting the service providers, DOLE shall give preference to organizations with demonstrated competence in conducting programs for mature or older workers. D’Jay Lazaro

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