DICT, Microsoft to launch free upskilling portal for gov’t workers

Published June 20, 2021, 1:01 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has partnered with the Microsoft Corporation for the conduct of a nationwide upskilling initiative to empower government employees.

Department of Information and Communications Technology

The DICT said the initiative “provides an educational portal wherein users can access relevant technology-related content to advance their ICT skills.”

The learning portal is a free service and contains training modules on technology, management and finance, among others.

“It aims to reskill and upskill civil servants to allow them to pursue career advancement opportunities and also to enhance key public services,” the department said.

The skilling initiative, which will be done through the DICT’s Information and Communications Technology Literacy and Competency Bureau (ILCDB), is set to launched on June 22.

“Through this undertaking, we hope to assist our public servants from various National Government Agencies (NGAs) acquire the proper knowledge and skillsets to flourish in the growing global digital economy,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said in a statement.

“More importantly, we shall also align their talents and skills with the digital needs of the new normal so that they can better serve the people and our country,” he added.

The partnership was formalized through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the DICT and its technical partner Microsoft last December 2020.