The Department of Education (DepEd) teams up with BPI Foundation, the social innovation arm of Bank of the Philippine Islands, and YGOAL, Inc., a consultancy social enterprise for program and training development, to boost senior high school students’ employability and entrepreneurship skills through the first BPI Senior High Accelerate Program for Employment and Entrepreneurship (BPI SHAPE).
Building on the success of its pilot run in Taguig and Laguna, BPI SHAPE will now be implemented in the cities of Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Dasmarinas, Makati, Pasay, and Roxas and in the provinces of Capiz, Ilocos Norte, Misamis Oriental and Quezon.
BPI Foundation and YGOAL, Inc. designed the first BPI SHAPE to respond to current gaps such as capacity building for teachers, module development, student career readiness, and private sector awareness on internship and hiring of K-12 graduates.
For its first year, BPI SHAPE will provide Values-Driven and Skills Development Entrepreneurship and Financial Management modules, teachers training sessions on the usage of the modules, online resources, digital professional development sessions, and private sector mapping. The mapping aims to secure company partners for internship and/or eventual hiring of Senior High School graduates. This is done through a partnership with Ayala Business Clubs, JCI and Rotary.
For its second year, BPI SHAPE will conduct Social Mobilization Workshops for School Heads and Coordinators, crowdfunding, internship matching through Internship Philippines (https://www.internshipph.org/), a website that matches interns and companies, and a Business and Academic Fair as the culminating activity. In-depth monitoring and evaluation will be done routinely throughout project implementation.
Since BPI SHAPE’s pilot run in 2016, it has already trained 153 teachers from Taguig-Laguna DepEd divisions, and provided work immersion opportunities for 50 senior high schools. This 2018, BPI SHAPE aims to reach an estimated of 204 schools, 816 teachers and 12, 200 students.