by: Ida Mandinyenya
Monday, November 23, 2015 | Social Responsibility |
"I would like to say a special thank you to MicroSourcing for this wonderful experience. May you continue to help other people like us and believe that every dream is possible. Of course, we all look forward to working with you, but if that is not what God wants for us, then we will all make sure that we use whatever we have learned here and never forget this experience as where it all started. To everybody here, thank you for not just being our co-workers but also our family." - Martha Marielle G. Babas
At the end of October, MicroSourcing wrapped up Batch 4 of the Careers for Disadvantaged Youth Program. The Careers Program is an impact sourcing initiative that promotes responsible outsourcing and gives employment opportunities to unemployed youth from Manila's poorest districts.
The Careers Program begins with a MicroSourcing University-designed intensive classroom-type training course. Modules covered include: Introduction to Communication; Introduction to Grammar; Accent Basics; Subject Verb Agreement; Prepositions; Verb Tense; Regular & Irregular Verbs; Filipinisms; Idiomatic Expressions; Punctuation; US Culture; and Computer Basics (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel). After the training, youth are exposed to real-life work experience in our internal departments and client accounts for a period of three months. During this time, they are immersed in real-life operations that usually include data encoding or administrative functions.
On Graduation Day last November 13, we gathered together to celebrate the accomplishments of Careers Program graduates. Paul van Wijgerden, Director and Founder of Young Focus, and Marian Terredano, College Coordinator, joined the celebrations to commend the accomplishments of their young beneficiaries. Young Focus, our referral non-profit organization partner for the Careers Program, works in the area of school education, community health, and economic empowerment. Since 2007, Young Focus has been empowering communities in Tondo, Manila.
MicroSourcing account managers, supervisors, and volunteer mentors who attended the Graduation Day also offered key advice to the graduates. Marie Pearl Martinez, our Learning & Development Manager, encouraged the graduates to continue working on their English communication as this would help them secure roles in the outsourcing industry. She added that learning should take place even outside the classroom and practice makes perfect.
MicroSourcing is optimistic that the graduates have been equipped with important BPO skills that will help them secure long-term job opportunities to live life as a dignified young professional.
Congratulations Careers Program Batch 4!