Digitalization is expected to affect about 18.2 million jobs nationwide, particularly those occupied by low-skilled workers and those lacking knowledge on specific fields in the virtual world, according to a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) official.
TESDA Region 3 Director Jesus Fajardo said that to educate the the digital age skilled workforce, TESDA will be coming up with a strategic plan to address future challenges brought about by the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Fajardo said plans are underway for enterprise-based training as a dominant mode; pushing for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) international standards; and identifying skill requirements that will address the challenges posed by the 4IR.
“To match the regional development opportunities, we are pushing for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Global Competitiveness and Workforce Readiness, and TVET for Social Equity. In line with these thrusts are our strategic responses: agility, scalability, flexibility and sustainability,” he said.
Among the priority industries of TESDA are tourism, hotels and restaurants, construction, IT-BPO, transport, communication, manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, health and wellness, and other social services. SOVEREIGNPH