CIB.O con­firms BPOs now em­ploy­ing se­nior high grads

The Freeman - - BUSINESS - Ehda M. Da­gooc

Some Cebu-based call cen­ter firms are al­ready start­ing to hire Se­nior High grad­u­ates, the Cebu IT-BPM Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CIB.O) con­firmed.

Ac­cord­ing to CIB.O man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Wilfredo Sa-a Jr., some grad­u­ates are al­ready hired, while other call cen­ter com­pa­nies are still open­ing their doors for job open­ings that would al­ready in­clude Se­nior High School grad­u­ates.

Con­vergy's and Qual­fon call cen­ters is lead­ing the pack in ac­com­mo­dat­ing th­ese new batch of em­ploy­able grad­u­ates, he said.

"We are still talk­ing with a few more to ex­pand more," Sa-a said adding that this de­vel­op­ment is largely the re­sult of CIB.O and Cebu City lo­cal govern­ment unit's pro­gram to in­tro­duce call cen­ter re­lated train­ings to schools in Cebu City of­fer­ing Se­nior High School classes.

This year, CIB.O projects about 10 thou­sand Se­nior High grad­u­ates in Cebu who are likely to get jobs in call cen­ters.

Sa-a said se­nior high school grad­u­ates can be em­ployed in call cen­ter com­pa­nies at the same time pur­sue their col­lege ed­u­ca­tion.

CIB.O) and the Cebu City govern­ment im­ple­mented the Learn­ing English Ap­pli­ca­tion for Pi­noys (LEAP) pro­gram to pub­lic schools' se­nior high depart­ment.

LEAP, a govern­ment-funded soft­ware aimed at im­prov­ing the oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion skill of stu­dents, is a 40-hour self-based train­ing pro­gram that will be in­stalled in the com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries of schools.

LEAP was pi­loted in Apas Na­tional High School and it is also adapted by other pub­lic and pri­vate schools un­der the City's ju­ris­dic­tion, such as Mabolo, Bani­lad, Lahug, Za­p­a­t­era, among others.

Sa-a said CIB.O and the Cebu City govern­ment are go­ing to in­vite more call cen­ter com­pa­nies to join the pro­gram.

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