• October 4, 2023

PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications joined Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) in preparing around 6,000 youth trainees for jobs of the future under the organization’s JobsNext program. 

“Together with PBEd, PLDT and Smart are working closely with local government units across the country to equip the youth with skills that will make them more attractive to potential employers,” said Cathy Yang, FVP and Head of Group Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart. 

JobsNext is implemented in seven areas: Laguna, Quezon City, and Sorsogon in Luzon; Eastern Samar, Samar province and Negros Occidental in the Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao. To support local government units in conducting virtual training, PLDT has deployed 100 Home WiFi units while Smart has also dispatched 100 prepaid Pocket WiFi devices to these areas. 

“As workplaces become increasingly technology-driven, it is important to ensure that our young people have the right tools to adapt and succeed in their chosen careers. JobsNext is committed to providing our youth with the training and resources they need to be future-ready,” said PBEd Executive Director Justine Raagas. 

The training program highlights development of foundational skills that cover digital literacy and basic technology concepts, advanced Information Technology (Training) learning tracks, and specialized training on cloud and assistive technologies. 

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