June 4, 2021 — To better equip learners with work-ready skills, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct nationwide upskilling activities on work and professional development among Senior High School (SHS) students.

“Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of blended learning, we want to make sure that our learners in Senior High School will have the best opportunity available when the time comes that they want or need to be employed,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

In partnership with Microsoft Philippines, the Department eyes to conduct training on Microsoft Learn, Microsoft Imagine Academy, and LinkedIn Learning, which will enable them to connect with industry practitioners from different fields. DepEd will also train graduating learners to build impactful resumes and online professional profiles.

Through these activities, learners can acquire necessary competencies and digital certifications by completing learning paths in digital productivity, computer sciences, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and data science aligned to in-demand jobs globally.

In addition, the agency will partner with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) to involve more industries in providing learners with work experience and possible employment opportunities. The Department plans to collaborate with ECOP to expand and develop the SHS Internship and Immersion Program for Grade 11 learners to boost their employment experience before graduating.

“With these initiatives, students are upskilled, and what they have learned through their basic education is reinforced with more skills training while the industry sector is made aware of the capacities and potential of SHS graduates,” Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said.

DepEd will also revisit and expand the SHS Internship and Immersion program and align the curriculum guide with the current situation and regional direction.

“A paradigm shift and an open and optimistic mind can change the future of our Filipino youth and move towards the success of the Philippine K to 12 basic education program,” Usec. Pascua emphasized.

These efforts are part of the Public Schools of the Future (PSOF) Framework of the Administration Strand led by Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua and Assistant Secretary Salvador Malana III. It is under the leadership of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.