YE-YE is a DOLE project addressing the education-to-employment (E2E) needs of the youth which envisions them as educated, endowed with proper work habits, disciplined and highly employable.
- To address the needs of the disadvantaged youth to pursue an academic or technical-vocational, post-secondary course towards becoming more employable and more productive members of the labor force.
- To support human capital build-up by providing the youth some workplace experience while studying.
- To develop among the youth proper work values and ethics through exposure to formal workplace situations and challenges under responsible adult supervision.
- Partnership and Consensus Building
The DOLE shall collaborate with private corporations/companies and/or educational institutions as partners and forge a Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding obligating the corporation/company to provide the youth opportunities to pursue a post-secondary course through tuition fee advances while being afforded formal workplace experiences using DOLE-prescribed topics on work attitudes and ethics which include the values of hard work, patience, savings, self-reliance, self-discipline, respect for the rights of others, work safety and health, housekeeping, efficient use of meager resources and productivity.
- Selection of Youth Beneficiaries and Referral Services to Partner Corporation or Company
This involves the initial interview and selection of youth beneficiaries. The concerned DOLE Regional or Field Office with jurisdiction over the area where the partner corporation/company operates shall conduct this undertaking, guided by the Project’s definition of a “disadvantaged youth”.
- Identification of Educational Institution
The youth will identify his or her selected educational institution and determine the amount of tuition fee and other school expenses that may be incurred on per semester basis while the partner corporation/company will coordinate with the selected educational institution on its payment of tuition fee in favor of the youth and payable by him or her to the partner corporation/company without interest.
- Youth Service to the Partner Company
The youth shall render “service” in the workplace of the company as payment for the tuition fee paid by the company. As such, the youth is entitled to a “service stipend” from which the tuition fee will be charged.
Opportunities Offered by the YE-YE Project
Under the project, the partner corporation/company will provide the youth opportunities to pursue a post secondary course through tuition fee advances, at the least, while being afforded formal workplace experiences using DOLE-prescribed topics on proper work attitudes and ethics. The topics shall include the values of hard work, patience, honesty, savings, self-reliance, self-discipline, respect for the rights of others, work safety and health, housekeeping, efficient use of meager resources and productivity, among others.
Qualifications of Participants to the YE-YE Project
Those who are qualified to participate are disadvantaged youth who are: •15-24 years of age •out-of-school or unskilled; or from the informal economy or from a low income family; or an ex-child laborer or member of a working youth organization •a high school graduate or its equivalent as determined by the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) who intends to enroll in a post-secondary course, whether academic or technical-vocational; or an enrolled student in an academic or technical-vocational, post-secondary course
Facilitation of Employment of the Youth
The services that they will render shall afford the youth exposure to formal workplace activities with corresponding work values formation sessions or learning tools provided or approved by DOLE.
The private corporations/establishments will allow youth beneficiaries to render service, practicum or workplace training in their business areas on a part-time basis during their non-school days (e.g., Saturday, Sunday or holiday) and non-school hours during school days (before or after classes or school activities) without circumventing any provision of the Labor Code and related laws and labor policies.
Partner educational institutions, on the other hand, will provide, if necessary, a flexible educational arrangement or schedule to allow time for students to render workplace exposure/practicum/in-house training while they are enrolled.
The work activities to which the youth below 18 years of age will undertake or be exposed to should not be hazardous, as defined in the Labor Code and Republic Act 9231.
Forms of Service the Youth will perform
The youth, to be able to pay for the tuition fee paid by the company, shall render “service” in the workplace. “Service” includes attendance in the DOLE-prescribed and company learning modules or sessions and the practical application of their learning in the workplace, which includes actual work activities of the youth under close supervision by the company representative.
Provision of Educational Assistance to the Youth
The youth, by rendering service in the company establishments shall be entitled to a “service stipend” from which the tuition fee payment will be charged. There should be an amount either from the stipend, or in addition to the stipend, to be given to the youth for his or her daily basic school needs.
The service stipend shall be computed based on not less than the daily minimum wage in the Region where the workplace is located.
Payment of the Loan for Tuition Fee
The partner company will coordinate with the selected educational institution on its payment of tuition fee in favor of the youth and payable by him or her to the partner company without interest.
The private corporation/establishment will provide interest-free loan assistance for the youth's tuition fee to be paid directly to the partner educational institution as well as the youth's service stipend, free uniforms and company identifications and other service incentives.
For more information, please contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in your area.