BPI SHAPE helps K-12 graduating student find internship opportunities

BPI Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Taguig City Government, and consultancy social enterprise YGOAL, Inc., held a business and academic fair for graduating senior high school students at the Kalayaan Hall, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

This is part of the BPI Senior High School Acceleration Program for Employment and Entrepreneurship (SHAPE), one of BPI’s Foundation’s core programs, which aims to help the students be employable, entrepreneurial, and college-ready.

The BPI SHAPE business and academic fair aim to jumpstart the senior high school students’ career growth by connecting them to companies for internship opportunities. Companies who participated in the fair include Incuventure, Collabera, Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., Universal Robina Corporation, OMG Advertising, Monark Foundation, Migo, Union of Local Authority of the Philippines (ULAP), and Chamber of Mines.

Present at the launch were (standing from left to right) Ireneo G.  Demecais,  Jr. (Founder and CEO, YGOAL), Danny Espelico  (DepEd), Anika Dauden (Program Manager, BPI Foundation), Romulo Rocena (Schools Division Superintendent, DepEd Taguig and Pateros), Maricris San Diego (Executive Director, BPI Foundation), Joseph Navarro (YGOAL Social Mission Head), and Yani Alonto (YGOAL Vice President).

Sessions on entrepreneurship, employability skills, and college education were also featured in the event, spearheaded by training partners such as Globe Telecom, Gava, Jobstreet, and Edukasyon.ph.

Now on its second year, BPI SHAPE continues to strengthen student empowerment towards entrepreneurship, financial management, and personal development. Since its return last July, the program has assisted the government in developing industry-relevant education modules for high school and organized training workshops which benefited 150 teachers and 2000 students. The three business and academic fairs are expected to help out over 6000 senior high school students for internship.

To learn more about the BPI SHAPE program by following BPI Foundation on Facebook (faceboom.com/BPIFoundation( or visit the official website (www.bpifoundation.org)

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