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One in three job applicants ‘not employable’, study shows

08 January 2019

Nearly one-third or one in every three job applicants still require additional training to be suitable for a job, a study conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) revealed.

The study through the Philippine Talent Map Initiative indicated that 31.7 percent or 18,928 of the total of almost 90,000 respondents needed further training.

The DOLE conducted the study with private companies to examine the current trends and issues facing academe and the industry in terms of workforce development.

It said the study was meant to address the prevailing problem of the job and skills mismatch in the country by identifying talent, skills and training needed by the Filipino workforce.

The findings also revealed that 68.3 percent of the students, employed, unemployed and trainees involved in the study are employable with English language functional skills as top competency.

Creative problem solving is consistently the lower skill among the respondents and must be improved, along with innovation and decision making skills.

DOLE said the results of the study would be presented to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“(The) results of the study shall serve as basis for our policymakers to create and fund relevant laws or initiatives that can bridge the workforce skills gap and support curriculum development,” DOLE said in a statement.

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