Ac­cen­ture part­ners with Tesda for free on­line learn­ing pro­gram

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY -

Ac­cen­ture (NYSE: ACN) has teamed up with the Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (Tesda) and sev­eral non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGOs) to launch the Skills to Suc­ceed Academy, a free on­line learn­ing pro­gram for job­seek­ers in the Philip­pines.

Part of Ac­cen­ture’s con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to build the fu­ture ta­lent in the Philip­pines through dig­i­tal up­skilling, the Ac­cen­ture Skills to Suc­ceed Academy of­fers free on­line learn­ing courses on soft skills and con­fi­dence­build­ing to help young Filipinos gain the skills needed to get a job.

The roll­out of Skills to Suc­ceed Academy in the Philip­pines is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ac­cen­ture, Tesda, Philip­pine Busi­ness for So­cial Progress (PBSP), Philip­pine Busi­ness for Ed­u­ca­tion (PBEd), Foun­da­tion for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment, Inc. (FIT-ED), and Bayan Academy for So­cial En­trepreneur­ship and Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (Bayan Academy).

The launch comes at a time when the Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity has high­lighted the need for work­ers to im­prove their em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills.

For the es­ti­mated 1.2 mil­lion ap­pli­cants from the grad­u­ate pool this year, im­prov­ing their foun­da­tional skills to get work and be work­forceready will be crit­i­cal as they face stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the lo­cal job mar­ket.

De­signed and de­vel­oped by Ac­cen­ture for job­seek­ers aged 16 to 24, the Skills to Suc­ceed Acade­myus­es­tech­nol­ogy to reach more peo­ple and make the train­ing more in­ter­ac­tive for par­tic­i­pants.

The train­ing pro­gram con­sists of three courses and 36 in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing mod­ules, which cover ba­sic steps in mak­ing in­formed ca­reer de­ci­sions and se­cur­ing and main­tain­ing a job.

Job­seek­ers will have the op­tion to take the mod­ules ei­ther via self­s­tudy or within fa­cil­i­ta­tor-led study groups through a blended cur­ricu­lum of on­line and off­line ma­te­ri­als.

The three courses are the fol­low­ing:

“You and Your Ca­reer” – The six mod­ules in this course help par­tic­i­pants choose a ca­reer based on their in­ter­ests, skills, mo­ti­va­tion and style;

“Get­ting a Job” – The 20 “Get­ting a Job” mod­ules help par­tic­i­pants de­velop the main skills re­quired to se­cure a job, such as how to cre­ate and tailor their re­sumes, make a good first im­pres­sion, and pre­pare for and suc­ceed­ing in in­ter­views; and,

“Suc­cess in Work” – The 10 mod­ules in this course help the job­seeker sus­tain a job and de­velop a ca­reer, cov­er­ing as­pects such as keep­ing mo­ti­vated in work, set­ting goals, how to be­have in work and how to man­age your ca­reer.

“The Skills to Suc­ceed Academy is part of our con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to build­ing and up­skilling Filipino ta­lent through a tech­nol­ogy-en­abled em- ploy­ment readi­ness tool that is fo­cused on the soft skills – an equally im­por­tant set of at­tributes around work ethic, at­ti­tude as a team player and com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills,” said Lito Tayag, Ac­cen­ture’s coun­try man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the Philip­pines and Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship Lead for the ASEAN re­gion.

“This com­ple­ments the tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties of our young job­seek­ers. Ac­cen­ture is priv­i­leged to be closely work­ing with our part­ners from Tesda, FIT-ED, PBEd, PBSP and Bayan Academy, who share the same goal of reach­ing and help­ing Filipinos find em­ploy­ment or start a busi­ness.”

Un­der the col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment, Tesda will fo­cus on iden­ti­fy­ing Academy par­tic­i­pants through its e-TESDA and In-Cen­ter Train­ings, while the NGOs and Ac­cen­ture will sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the on­line learn­ing courses.

TheA­cademy (www.s2sacademy.ph) aims to reach and en­gage thou­sands of young job­seek­ers through dif­fer­ent learn­ing tech­nolo­gies, gam­ing tech­niques, role­based sim­u­la­tions, videos, quizzes and other in­ter­ac­tive ex­er­cises.

“We are de­lighted to col­lab­o­rate with Ac­cen­ture, PBSP, PBEd, FIT-ED, and Bayan Academy on the Skills to Suc­ceed Academy which aims to help Filipino job­seek­ers en­hance their em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills,” said Tesda di­rec­tor general Guil­ing Ma­mon­diong.

“This on­line learn­ing ini­tia­tive demon­strates the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors in mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ac­ces­si­ble to more Filipinos,” he added.

The Skills to Suc­ceed Academy is part of Skills to Suc­ceed (S2S), Ac­cen­ture’s global ini­tia­tive to ad­vance em­ploy­ment and en­trepreneur­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties world­wide by pro­vid­ing peo­ple with the right ca­pa­bil­i­ties to help them get a job or build a busi­ness. By the end of 2017, Ac­cen­ture had equipped 2.2 mil­lion peo­ple with these skills — well on the way to its goal of equip­ping 3 mil­lion peo­ple by 2020.

Ac­cen­ture re­cently launched the Ac­cen­ture Skills to Suc­ceed Academy to help build the soft skills and con­fi­dence of Filipino job­seek­ers aged 16 to 24 with the help of Tesda, Foun­da­tion for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment Inc., Philip­pine

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