DepEd, tech companies partners in SHS digital skills training

Pioneer high school graduates from Quezon City Science High School cheer and throw off their graduation caps in April last year after commencement rites. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PHOTO

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the Technology Assisted Professional Immersion Benefit or Oplan Tawid to provide secondary school (SHS) students with digital literacy skills and increase their employability after graduation.

In partnership with technology companies Microsoft and CloudSwyft, students can enroll in virtual training courses and certification exams to become a Microsoft Office specialist or complete the Cloud Fundamentals training path with virtual labs powered by CloudSwyft.

Through Oplan Tawid, DepEd also aims to strengthen students’ soft skills to adapt to the demands of the 21st century in terms of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

“One of the goals of DepEd’s learning delivery is to free students from poverty. To achieve this goal, we integrate technical and vocational courses with professional immersion as a program track for high school students. to bolster their credentials if they decide to work after graduation.” said Education Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio.

Grace de la Cruz, Director of Human Resources, Microsoft Philippines, added that public-private partnerships are key to closing the gaps in ensuring inclusive access and future successes for Filipino learners.

She said students should be equipped with the right tools and solutions, so they can be “catalysts of positive impact for our nation”.

CloudSwyft CEO Dann Angelo de Guzman also highlighted the importance of hands-on, hands-on learning for students to thrive in the workplace, which is why their company supports DepEd’s efforts through their platforms. virtual labs.

“[These will] allow students to simulate real-world exercises using advanced and expensive software tools through a virtual environment accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere,” he said.

The pilot test for Oplan Tawid runs until March and will expand later to cover more learners nationwide.

Previously, DepEd also held training to upskill students on online skills platforms, with more than one million LinkedIn profiles created by participants.

The Education department will also partner with other companies in the field of information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) and finance to immerse learners in the work of an established company and gain strategic professional experience.

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