Empowering Filipinos for a Future-Proof Workforce

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the landscape of the workforce, with technology such as Big Data and Analytics taking the major spotlight in global development. Now more than ever, it is critical to equip the young generation with the required skills to succeed in this new economy and help them become future-proof.

Multidisciplinary professional services firm Deloitte partnered with the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) to deliver a new Training of Trainers (TOT) program as part of its WorldClass program, a global initiative that seeks to empower 2 million people in Southeast Asia by 2030.

Under the WorldClass program, Deloitte touched, trained, and transformed over 25,000 Filipino lives, surpassing its 15,000 target beneficiaries this year. As Deloitte’s Social Actions Partner in the Philippines, ASSIST contributed to this milestone by training over 10,000 unique Filipinos on the essential skills for the jobs of the future through the development and rollout of the WorldClass video learning modules.

To date, more than 24,000 4th IR career-ready WorldClass e-certificates were issued. Despite being a male-dominant industry, more than 60% of learners are women, proving the steadily growing trend of diversity in the Philippine workforce. The WorldClass video learning modules, which are featured in ASSIST’s The Career Engine YouTube page, covered topics on Cloud Computing, Mobile Development, Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), and Cybersecurity.

Deloitte and ASSIST are poised to continue supporting Filipino youths in competing in the 4th IR, and the country’s education sector by providing access to learning resources supplemental and complementary to the distance learning brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Planning for next year ’s WorldClass activities is underway, which will empower more than 20,000 Filipino futures, especially from other learner communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

This article is featured in the July-September 2021 issue of the ASSIST Now Newsletter.

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