/ 3 February 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Education partnered with Microsoft and CloudSwyft to implement Oplan Technology-Assisted Work Immersion Delivery program that aims to develop the critical skills and increase the employability of graduating Senior High School students.

Oplan TAWID aims to enhance the digital literacy of learners through various partners, strengthen soft skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, and increase employability by linking students to employers for relevant industry immersions.

“This is a great opportunity for our SHS students so they can see what lies ahead of them and what awaits them. Partnerships like these emphasizes the impact we can make for our learners to support them not just in school but after they finished their studies,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

The program follows the successful nationwide implementation of the “Building an Impactful Resume and Online Professional Brand” program where learners were upskilled on online platforms and over 1 million LinkedIn profiles were created.

“One of DepEd’s learning delivery objectives is to liberate students from poverty. To attain this objective, we integrate technical-vocational courses with work immersion as a curriculum track for Senior High School Students to bolster their credentials if they decide to work after graduating,” DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio shared.

The program will provide training courses on in-demand 21st-century skills, soft skills, digital literacy, and much more with industry partners CloudSwyft and Audentes Technologies.

Microsoft offered virtual training courses and certification exams for Microsoft Office Specialist or the Cloud Fundamentals Training Path via Virtual labs powered by CloudSwyft.

“Hands-on, practical learning is critical to preparing students to thrive in post education employment. CloudSwyft is proud to support this landmark program by providing its virtual labs platform – allowing students to simulate real-world exercises using advanced, expensive software tools through a virtual environment accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere,” Dann Angelo De Guzman, CEO of CloudSwyft, said.

The pilot test of Oplan TAWID will run from November 2021 to March 2022. It will be expanded to cover other regions.