Roxas City, January 26, 2017 – Spring Valley, the largest integrated technology and innovation hub in the Philippines, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Globe myBusiness today for its brainchild, OJTPH.COM. Aiming to bridge the academe-industry gap by connecting students to the right companies for their on-the-job training (OJT) in college, the website allows students, educational institutions, companies, and other organizations to register and get connected to one another.
In OJTPH.COM, students can outline their specific knowledge and skills – important information that companies can use in order to get the best match for their business requirements. Likewise, students can have more options among companies that match their chosen field and get relevant experience in the appropriate industry.
Spring Valley CEO Jonathan De Luzuriaga, as the current Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) President and Director for the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), knows too well the challenges of the academe-industry gap that plagues the Philippines. Seventy percent (70%) of the country’s talents come from the provinces, and only thirty percent (30%) come from Metro Manila. However, most companies are in the capital city, preventing talents in the provinces from getting much-needed relevant experience in their chosen field, unless they are some of the lucky few who can afford to move to the big city as a student.
“Most of IT and Computer Science students become OJTs in government offices, or other companies with very generic services – and they end up spending their time photocopying, becoming messengers, or worse – making coffee for the officers”, said De Luzuriaga. “In Spring Valley, talent development is a major advocacy. We want to stop creating order takers and start creating hard-core IT professionals who can compete with world-class IT talents around the globe. This project addresses the need to create a platform which will connect students to the best companies to hone their skills and help them thrive, instead of just survive, in the real world”, he added.
Globe myBusiness, Globe Telecom’s small and medium enterprise (SME) arm, will power up and provide funding for OJTPH.COM.
“Globe myBusiness continues to lead the way in the country’s digital transformation by preparing students as early as now to be ready for the future,” says Derrick Heng, Globe myBusiness head. “The partnership will strengthen and enhance the country’s student internship program as well as on-the-job training, the best way to equip college students with the necessary tools to carve a brighter future in the IT sector.”
Created by the Spring Valley Crew – De Luzuriaga’s team of software developers and creatives composed of local Capiz talents – the OJTPH platform is just one proof of the wealth of talents in the countryside. The same group also creates and maintains several software, internet of things (IOT) projects, games, and other products and services for various companies and organizations in the Philippines.
To sign up and be part of this groundbreaking project, students, schools, companies, and other organizations can go to OJTPH.com to create their own profile.