MicroSourcing launched its Internship and Mentoring Program and welcomed its first batch of 15 interns last October 8.
In support of the Careers for Street Kids initiative of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), the internship program will run for six months and is designed to provide the participants with relevant work experience as well as on-the-job and formal classroom training that will allow them to gain relevant skills for BPO jobs and help them acquire long-term and higher-paying employment within and outside MicroSourcing.
The interns were welcomed by MicroSourcing CEO and Founder Philip Kooijman, Co-founder Mark Kooijman, Senior Vice President Sophie Woo, and VP of PR and Marketing Nona Tajanlangit. Coordinators from Virlanie Foundation, Jaime Benedicto and Idaishe Mandinyenya, and from Street Kids International, Stephanie Massot, joined the youth on their first day at work for moral support.
Philip and Sophie encouraged the youth to make the most out of the training opportunity and assured them that they can approach anyone in the company for help. An announcement that also spurred excitement was Nona’s offer to sponsor lunch meals at the office cafeteria throughout the duration of the program so interns can focus on saving their daily allowance.
For the rest of the day, the interns went through their New Hire Orientation led by Training and Development Lead Karla Endaya and proceeded to meet their supervisors to discuss job-specific details. First day at work for interns culminated with a goal-setting activity where the youth shared their bold and ambitious goals for the next six months.