Hundreds gather in PTTC for Leaping the Gap: Philippines 4.0 Skills Forum

Over 200 industry association heads, members, and government representatives from six priority tracks – Manufacturing, Food Services, Design, Logistics, Tourism, and Retail – gathered in the Philippine Trade Training Center on November 20 to contribute to the upskilling of Philippine industries.

Leaping the Gap: Philippines 4.0 Skills Forum is co-organized by the Philippine Trade Training Center – Global MSME Academy, Thames International Business School, and Accelebator, aimed to introduce Singapore’s Skills Framework for the Philippines to develop a Skills Framework of its own and close the existing skills gap brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.

The Skills Framework, when contextualized in the Philippine setting, will connect people to information on good jobs, in-demand skills, and career progression.

In his Opening Remarks, PTTC Exec. Director said, “This [Leaping the Gap: Philippines 4.0 Skills Forum] is an opportunity for us to build our knowledge and confidence to prepare ourselves and the rest of the society for the next generation.”

To realize this, over 20 resource persons who have major contributions in making Singapore the World’s Most Competitive Country led the discussions during the breakout sessions of each priority track.

Prior to the Forum, a consultative workshop on skills framework development was held at City Garden Grand Hotel on November 19. Over 50 participants from 30 different industry associations and government agencies have identified and presented the skills and competencies necessary for industry transformation.

Interestingly, Leaping the Gap: Philippines 4.0 Skills Forum is also a part of a grand milestone as it is a result of the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations and a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Philippines, as represented by DTI and TESDA, and Singapore.