Since 2019 is the 50th year of Singapore-Philippines’ formal diplomatic relations, it is very timely that Skills SG Ventures and Accelebator partnered with Thames International to organize a forum where the two countries can learn from each other.
The forum — attended by representatives from 15 Singapore-approved training organizations together with invited business leaders, human resource directors, and educational institution key persons from all across Metro Manila — was held on June 3 at the Thames International Campus in Quezon City.
Skills SG Ventures Chairman Anderson Tan, in his talk, encouraged neighboring countries to tackle issues collaboratively.
“How do you recognize a success in an individual?” he asked the audience. To which he also gave an answer, through a “skills framework”.
According to Tan, there should be a baseline common language for educators, skill developers, and employers so the skills of the country’s workforce can be handled and developed individually.
Tan emphasized that once a country, like Singapore, understands the skills of its people, global challenges can be addressed; and there can be an exchange of information and skills among different countries.
He also shared to the audience his coined term, “Glocal Disvextions” – the 6 Vs in global disruptions that result to local vexations: volume, variety, velocity, virality, veracity, and value.
To address these 6 Vs, a country and its people must be equipped with ethical skills, discernment skills, and media-savviness. Trans-national actions and inclusive growth must also be applied.
Meanwhile, for the Philippines’ contribution to the forum, Thames International President and Co-Founder Joel Santos shared how businesses can engage and cultivate the Filipino Millennials and Gen Z.
According to Santos, one of the challenges that a company in the Philippines faces is that there are four generations in one workplace – the Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z.
In order to address this challenge, Santos said that the business leaders and educators must understand who their people are. Thus, he shared a comprehensive research on these four generations conducted by the PSRC Research International.
The representatives from the Singaporean training organizations were also given the floor to give a brief introduction of who they are and what they offer.
The attendees, both Filipinos and Singaporeans, were able to interact with each other in a break-up session — one for the corporate leaders and the other for the educators.
Here are the highlights of the event, as posted on Thames International’s Facebook page: