GAIN VP Ms. Grace Zata tells graduating students: With English and digital skills, you have a lot of opportunities
GAIN Vice President for Industry Linkages Ms. Grace Abella-Zata speaks at the Altruchack 2022:
A Social Impact Hackathon organized by Adamson University in partnership with Accenture, PLC.
Ms. Grace Abella-Zata, GAIN Vice President for Industry Linkages, speaks at the Altruchack 2022: A Social Impact Hackathon organized by Adamson University in partnership with Accenture, PLC. The 3-week event is driven to solve the problems of marginalized communities specifically in the areas of healthcare and wellness, education, and skills development.
Discussing the topic "Skills Development as One of the Problems We Face Today", Ms. Zata brought her decades of industry experience to talk about skills development, particularly in English and Digital Competencies, that the Filipino talent needs to stand out in the global market pool.
Ms. Zata further emphasized that skills development should be anchored on the opportunities that arise from the industries with biggest opportunities such as Information Technology, Healthcare, and Tourism sectors.
Encouraging incoming graduates, she stressed that one of the biggest opportunities for fresh graduates to land good-paying jobs comes from the acceleration of the globalization of work. In addition to outsourcing work to the BPOs and KPOs, international companies are also directly hiring Filipino professionals through freelance arrangements or as regular employees.
“There will be more opportunities for Filipinos with good English and digital skills,” Ms. Abella-Zata promises, explaining why GAIN advocates the adoption of CEFR and DigComp so the Philippines will have a global standard for measuring English and digital competency skills. “What gets measured gets done,” Ms. Zata concludes, challenging the student population to help young people from the D and E economic sectors to similarly acquire the skills that can provide pathways to a better life.
Hearty congratulations to our GAIN President, Ms. Monette Iturralde-Hamlin for winning the Global Woman Leadership Award 2022, a prestigious international awards run by the Global Woman Club! She received the prized honor during the Global Woman Summit and Awards held in London, United Kingdom last June 11-12, 2022.
Founded by Mirela Sula in London in March 2016 to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Global Woman Club has since grown in membership to several thousands of businesswomen and created a membership model where women come together to empower each other and lift each other up to greater success.
With the vision of connecting women globally and empowering them locally, Global Woman Club supports women’s professional and personal development through education and training, regardless of their age, culture or race. There are now 27 clubs spanning the globe, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Albania, New York, South Africa, Chicago, Dubai, Cyprus, Singapore and Manila, to name a few.
Members participate in monthly meet-ups, learn from masterclasses, and thrive in a safe, caring and supportive environment for building their personal and professional brands, and creating awareness through the Club’s media platform.
Past awardees who have brought honor to the Philippines are Rayla Allertsen (née Melchor Santos) as 2019 Global Woman Inspirational Woman Awardee; Myrna Yao as 2020 Global Woman Honorary (Iconic) Awardee; Rosalina Tan as 2021 Global Woman Honorary (Iconic) Awardee; Kathryn Bellosillo as 2021 Global Woman Corporate Leadership Awardee, and Tosin Arowojolu as 2021 Global Woman Leadership Awardee.
The 7th Global Woman Summit and Awards featured a line-up of outstanding speakers blazing a trail of transformation, empowerment and leadership development. Attended by over 300 international delegates, the Summit centered around three main themes: conscious leadership, financial freedom, and personal and professional wellbeing.
Featured panel sessions over the two days included The Role of Women in Leadership for Female Founders, Fast-Tracking Your Professional Career, The Men’s Panel on Why Men Should Stand for Women Empowerment, A Media Panel on The Power of Media and the Digital World, and the Rise of Young Female Entrepreneurs. Joining this internationally acclaimed roster od speakers was Ms. Iturralde-Hamlin herself, who shared her expertise and experience on overcoming cultural barriers for business success.
You made us and the whole country proud, Ms. Monette!
Three Industry Associations Support GAIN’s Advocacy to Adopt International Communication Standards
GAIN receives statements of support from renowned industry associations, PMAP, IBPAP, and TIBFI.
Several industry associations, such as People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc. (TIBFI) have drafted and released statements stating their support for global language standards particularly the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as a recognized metric for communicative competitiveness, and for the National Roadmap for Global Competitiveness in Communication Skills (NRGCCS) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
In a circular routed to its members, PMAP issued recommendations for minimum competency levels to enable graduates to be industry-ready using the globally accepted CEFR. For entry-level jobs in Hospitality and Tourism, Allied Health Sciences, Education, Business, and Engineering industries, PMAP recommends B1 (Intermediate) as minimum and B2 (Upper-Intermediate) as ideal level. PMAP hopes these recommendations will guide educational institutions and industries when setting the program and course outcomes to ensure that their graduates and the workforce will be competitive both within the Philippine setting and overseas. Ms. Angelina Mukhi, 2021 PMAP President, further stated that industry recommendations can be included in the many Outcomes Based Education policies of CHED such as Accreditation Criteria, SUC Levelling, Typology and Course and Program outcomes for Technical Working Groups.
IBPAP, in a letter by its President and CEO Mr. Jack Madrid, “salutes the efforts of GAIN” in forging strong partnerships among government, academe, and industry stakeholders to ensure that the Filipino talent are equipped with skills that make them globally competitive and future-ready for the fast-paced changes in the workplace. Mr. Madrid further emphasized that as one of the economic pillars and a key employment generator in the Philippines, the IT-BPM industry must remain competitive in the evolving business landscape, by ensuring that potential and existing talent develop and improve essential skills such as communicating and engaging effectively with global customers and stakeholders.
From the perspective of the Tourism industry that has generated 12% of the country’s employment requirements and created multiplier effects from primary and secondary providers of products and services, it is important that essential competencies in the areas of communication and digital proficiency be strengthened for local and global customers. For this reason, TIBFI, a tripartite body composed of tourism representatives from the government, private (institutional and individual) and labor sectors headed by its 2021 Chairperson Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino recommended a CEFR minimum level of B1 for entry-level positions, and B2 for managerial positions for hospitality and tourism industries.
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