The bridge to 21st-century Filipino careers
In July 2019 Pearson signed an MoU with the LGIS Qualifications Assessment Authority, bringing on another partner to help boost Filipino employment and career opportunities. The signing took place at a Learning Symposium in Manila, where Pearson hosted a discussion on skills gaps between educators and employers, and expert speakers addressed the audience.
Over 100 participants from education, industry and policy participated in the event, including representatives of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the University of Luzon and other educational institutions from across the country.
What is the skills gap?
The speed of technological innovations in the globalised business landscape tend to outpace the curriculums of traditional educational institutions, rendering the value of diplomas for generalised skills only, as opposed to the specific skills demanded by the new workplace. Hence, a gap emerges between what graduates learned at school and the focused skills currently needed.
At the Symposium in Manila, Stuart Connor, Pearson Asia Director of Qualifications and Assessments, remarked on stage:
"The pace of change is increasing so fast. But it’s not changing as fast in the educational space. CEOs tell me they find it increasingly hard to find focused skills, digital literacy, numeracy, core competencies, adaptability, creativity, communicative English proficiencies, critical thinking.”
How can Pearson help?
As the world’s learning company with employability at its heart, Pearson offers a wide range of qualifications produced in direct collaboration with employers. One of these is the Pearson LCCI suite, qualifications which are constantly updated and focused on specific skills that produce globally qualified graduates, enabling them to be ready to hit the ground running on their first day of work.
LCCI graduates are trained to be adaptive and highly communicative critical thinkers, with updated focused skill sets for the needs of the current and future markets – making them extremely employable globally.
Tony Chapman, Industry Relations and Partnerships Manager within the Higher Education Qualifications team at Pearson UK, highlighted:
“Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning. Teaching partners and employers tell us what they need, so we can provide them with candidates who make an impact in the workplace.”