/ 8 December 2020

ABOITIZ Construction, Inc. has established a tripartite partnership with the Asiapro Multi-purpose Cooperative and Philippine Business Education to provide free technical vocational training to over 3,000 Filipino youths until 2023.

This undertaking is expected to result in employment opportunities and a safe and streamlined hiring process for manpower requirements of ACI.

“This tripartite partnership guarantees to provide opportunities for livelihood to the sector that needs it the most, accelerate and strengthen the smooth hiring process of the skilled workforce requirement of Aboitiz Construction projects while providing flexible, cost-effective, and socially responsible solutions for manpower placement and protecting the welfare and rights of the youth workers,” said Nina Ylagan-Pedro, vice president for corporate affairs and services of Aboitiz Construction, Inc.

The PBED and the US Agency for International Development implemented a three-part Flexible Training for Work program for the unemployed and out-of-school youth through the YouthWorks PH project. This involves remote mentoring, employability modules, TESDA-recognized theoretical online and/or face-to-face education, and extensive company training led by ACI.

“Aboitiz Construction will be offering work-related learning opportunities for our youth beneficiaries and will include periods of hands-on training, work shadowing, work-based mentoring, reviews, appraisal and work experience at our project sites across the Philippines,” Ylagan-Pedro said.

ACI works closely with Asiapro to ensure that the selected beneficiaries are prepared for their extensive training. Trainees will have employee status under Asiapro and will receive benefits and compensation.

Asiapro is a pioneer multipurpose cooperative that specializes in manpower placement.

“Asiapro’s partnership with Youthworks Philippines along with Aboitiz Construction follows the cooperative’s objectives of helping provide meaningful employment to the marginalized estimated 3000 young Filipinos that will go through the program and will gain lifelong skills that will be their foundation for years to come. They’ll be able to provide for their families, which the true impact is immeasurable,” said Noel Gonzales, chief operating officer of Asiapro Multi-purpose Cooperative.