MyTrabaho: Enhancing Employability & Facilitating Employment Of Filipino Jobseekers from Low-Income Families

MyTrabaho: Enhancing Employability & Facilitating Employment Of Filipino Jobseekers from Low-Income Families

Philippines
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

“My Trabaho” will help jobseekers from low-income families who are vocational or college graduates to get jobs that will enable them to lead sustainable lives. Jobseekers from low-income families usually have little financial resources to search for job opportunities and to acquire other competencies needed to get jobs. Giving them access to more job opportunities and learning will significantly increase their chances to get gainful employment in a shorter period of time. This goal will be achieved through the use of information technology and competency-building training programs. Helping this segment of the workforce will have a significant impact on alleviating poverty in the Philippines because they in turn will be in a better position to help their family members.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

MyTrabaho will be based in specific targeted low-income communities in Metro Manila and the provinces. Many local government units (LGUs) do not give priority to assisting jobseekers in their area even though each LGU has a designated Public Employment Services Officer (PESO). Services are offered to jobseekers in some of these LGUs like job fairs but these have limited impact.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Many people may view this project with less interest because we aim to help those who already have an advantage as compared to other segments of the poor. But this is precisely what makes this initiative unique. This project is based on the same concept used in medical emergencies and disasters where those "for whom immediate care might make a positive difference in outcome" are given priority in treatment and resources. In a similar manner, this project provides assistance to the more capable segment of the poor, the educated jobseekers. By doing so, they in turn will be capable of helping their other family members as well. Thus, we achieve greater impact on the war against poverty in the Philippines within a shorter time frame and with lesser resources. This project is also innovative in the sense that it takes a more proactive approach to helping jobseekers from low income familites find a job. There are many other services for jobseekers offered by the government and businesses but these stop at just providing them with information. What makes MyTrabaho different is that it is the only program that seeks to overcome obstacles to employment through its integrated and targeted three-fold approach which combines information, advice and coaching within an infrastructure of IT and learning technologies to enhance and facilitate employment for jobseekers from low-income families. This proposal is still in the idea phase but the proof of the effectiveness of the concept has already been tested in previous projects of MyTrabaho.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

MyTrabaho will achieve its organizational goals through the following components: 1. Establishment and operation of MyTrabaho.Com, a job and career web site, that will provide jobseekers a bigger pool of job opportunities information and career information and advice. - Due to expensive recruitment costs, only businesses with substantial recruitment budgets advertise their job vacancies. This limits information on job opportunities available to jobseekers. To widen the jobs database that can be accessed by jobseekers on the Internet, MyTrabaho.Com will offer a “Free-to-Post-Jobs” service for all employers. In addition, MyTrabaho.Com will be a portal for learning for jobseekers by providing articles, videos and advice on job hunting and workplace competencies. MyTrabaho.Com is an existing web site which was launched last May 2006 and at the time of its temporary closure, had a membership base of 143,689 jobseekers and 3,757 companies as of July 5, 2010. 2. Setting up of MyTrabaho Access Kiosks in public places throughout the country near schools and communities - This service kiosk will provide free access to MyTrabaho.Com to jobseekers from low income familiies. It will also use IT communication technologies to enable jobseekers to search and apply for jobs, link up and communicate with employers registered in MyTrabaho.Com. It will provide a system wherein jobseekers can be interviewed via Skype to lessen time and cost in going to different employers' offices for interviewes. A job coach will also be on hand to guide and assist the jobseekers. This concept was tested in a pilot that was set up in a computer school to service its graduates. 3. Designing and conducting trainings for jobseekers from low income families through the MyTrabaho Career Readiness Training Program - This program will provide free training to jobseekers on career planning, basic Information Technology skills, English communications skills, work attitudes and values enhancement and job hunting techniques. This component is inspired by a previously launched and successful MyTrabaho project called MyTrabaho Dream, which provides proof of concept. In cooperation with Philippine Daily Inquirer and Manila Broadcasting Company, two of the largest media companies in the Philippines, jobseekers from low income families were selected and given training. They were coached in their job hunting by Human Resource practitioners for a month. All were able to find their dream jobs through the project. The combination of these components will ensure that a greater number of jobseekers are able to find jobs within a short period of time. Usually this segment of the workforce is neglected because many people think that they can find jobs themselves. However, because of the financial difficulties of the jobseekers and their lack of job hunting skills and other necessary workplace competencies, they end up remaining jobless although they already have the basic education that can enable them to generate income for their families. This project does not stop at merely giving these jobseekers from low income familities information. It takes a more proactive role in helping jobseekers help themselves through the combination of information technologies and learning. By giving them this helping hand, we create a bigger impact on easing poverty on a sustainable basis in the Philippines within a short time frame because they in turn will be in position to help their families as well. This entry draws from the experiences and lessons learned from previous MyTrabaho projects starting 2004. For more information on MyTrabaho's history, impact and success stories, please visit http://mytrabahoinfo.wordpress.com.
About You
Organization:
Eco-life Foundation, Inc.
About You
First Name

Regina

Last Name

Reyes

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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Eco-life Foundation, Inc.

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How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

As an HR professional for more than 20 years, I had a dream in 2004 to be able to fulfill dreams--the dream of Filipinos to have a better life through gainful employment. Thus, I conceptualized the MyTrabaho Program.

MyTrabaho is a combination of the English word “MY” and the Filipino word, “TRABAHO” (which means “work”) and was coined to have two different interpretations. Read from an English language perspective, this means “my job” or about the job of every working person. Read phonetically from a Filipino language perspective, it means “there are jobs.” The combination of the two words captures the essence of the program which is about being successful in one’s job and looking for a job.

MyTrabaho started with two projects initiated by Optimus Innovations, Inc. (now closed due to financial difficulties) in tie-ups with Philippine Daily Inquirer and Manila Broadcasting Company. These were MyTrabaho Dream, wherein HR practitioners coached jobseekers and “My Trabaho at dzRH” which was a weekly one-hour radio program. Because of the tremendous response of readers and listeners who were seeking our help in finding a job, a web site was created, MyTrabaho.Com, wich initially served as a repository of resumes which could be accessed for free by employers.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Success of the project can be measured through the number of jobseekers who have been able to get jobs versus the number of jobseekers who asked for assistance.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

More than 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

MyTrabaho hopes to start by relaunching the web site, setting up the kiosks in key areas in the country, and designing and developing the training programs and trainers for the learning center. On the second and third year, MyTrabaho hopes to expand its services in all regions in the Philippines.

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

While I have indicated that this entry is still in the idea phase, there have been previous projects launched under the MyTrabaho concept that indicates proof of concept and impact of the different components of this entry. The main barrier to the success of the project is the financial requirement needed to restart the program which is needed for the development of a new web site which includes migration of existing data from the old MyTrabaho web site and the building of an organization that will implement the program.

Tell us about your partnerships

MyTrabaho seeks to partner with businesses and non-governmental organizations in the targeted communities. It also seeks to generate support from the Philippine government, specifically, the Dept. of Labor and Employment, the Dept. of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration as well as the Development Academy of the Philippines which shall assist in capacity building of the implementors. Media support from print and radio shall also be solicited for the project.

In the previous projects under MyTrabaho, we have successfully proven that partners are willing to come on board to support this public service program. Partsherships previously established include the Dept. of Labor and Employment, IT companies like Quantum X and Synermaxx, schools like STI Colleges and Informatics, training and consulting companies such as Ancilla Enterprise Development Consulting, Inc., Career Systems, Drake Beam and Morin and individual HR professionals.

Explain your selections

We hope to secure the support of businesses through their placement of ads in the web site and kiosks, the national government through linkages with the local government units, employers who will be availing of the services of the program through their donations, foundations who are interested in helping disadvantaged sectors of society.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

With initial seed money, we plan to build an organization that shall identify donors and secure donations as well as and build revenue streams from ad placements and sponsors that will make the program sustainable.

Challenges
Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of access to information and networks

SECONDARY

Lack of skills/training

TERTIARY

Restrictive cultural norms

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Lack of access to information and networks will be addressed through the establishment of the web site and the MyTtrabaho kiosks in targeted communities

Lack of skills/ training and restrictive cultural norms will be addressed through training programs offered by by MyTrabaho on Career Readiness and the learning content provided by MyTrabaho.Com.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs

SECONDARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

TERTIARY

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

1. Relaunch of the web site (development of new system and migration of data)
2. Establishment of kiosks in pilot areas
3. Design and development of training programs
3. Organization and competency building of program implementors

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

In the past, we have worked with the Dept. of Labor and Employment to build our resume databases, software developers to develop the web site, and for-profit companies who advertise in the web site. We shall continue collaborating with these stakeholders and establish new linkages and partnerships with NGOs in the employer and labor sectors and academe and universities to help in capacity building of the implementors.