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BPAP Launches Career Program for Underprivileged Youth

by: Sarah Joson

Friday, May 18, 2012 | Outsourcing News |

Career Program in BPO Launched by BPAP

The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) recently launched the Careers for Street Kids Program, a means to help the “poorest of the poor” yet talented high school graduates and college-level students land better jobs, specifically in the call center industry.

Twenty-five underprivileged but eligible kids were initially chosen by BPAP and its partners, Children’s Hour Philippines, Streetkids International, and Virlanie Foundation. The candidates will go through a six-month long training program. The organizations are now looking at adding 100 more kids for the next couple of years.  

The program is divided into two segments. One is for college-level students who can be call center agents. The other one is for high school graduates who can get blue collar jobs like janitors, messengers, etc.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Children’s Hour and one the authors of the program, Evangeline T. Mayuga, said they are hoping to prepare kids for a better future and get them out of the streets. She added that major business process outsourcing (BPO) companies contributed funds worth 1.2 million pesos, specifically for the first three years of the project. In return, these companies can hire the beneficiaries of the program.

Mayuga also noted that successfully hired candidates will be assigned to help continue the project by contributing funds after the first three years of employment. The graduates will also be observed and mentored to make sure that their careers will continue to prosper.


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