Over the next decade, technological advances including artificial intelligence, cloud technology, and robotic process automation, will significantly change jobs and enterprises in the Philippines. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 49 percent of employment (over 18 million jobs) face a risk of automation in the Philippines. Female are employed predominantly in jobs requiring low STEM skills, which are clearly at risk of automation.

For this purpose, the ILO Soft Skills Training for Women project has developed a set of training modules and materials to be used by employer organizations and private sector which will help provide continuous and lifelong training on soft skills among low skilled female workers.

ECOP has been working with the ILO for the past two (2) months to bring ILO’s Soft Skills Training for Women project to the Philippines. Last 15-16 August 2019, ECOP convened twenty-five (25) ECOP chapter heads, representatives of business membership organizations, and management representatives of various companies in the Philippines. The participants traveled from Pangasinan, Zambales, Clark, Laguna, Batangas, Bicol, Iloilo, Davao, and Zamboanga for the orientation workshop on the Soft Skills Training for Women project.

The orientation workshop highlighted the importance and relevance of soft skills for personal productivity of workers and enterprise competitiveness. Present during the orientation-workshop were subject matter experts who table trained the participants on the modules developed by the ILO under the Soft Skills Training for Women project. The orientation workshop ended with a planning session wherein the participants identified the support they would need from ECOP and ILO in the successful implementation of the project in their respective workplaces.

To know more about the project and know how your company can participate and benefit from it, you may contact Mr. Neil Orillaneda, ECOP Advocacy and Communications Assistant, at neilorillaneda.ecop@gmail.com.




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