The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) has partnered with the ICT industry to implement the ICT Scholarship and Training Program which aims to, among others, provide training in industry-specified areas of specialization in ICT, and increase the size and employability of the country’s ICT talent pool. The Program falls under the overall objective of the DOST in providing scholarships to science and technology and ICT students, graduates, and professionals. Funded under a special appropriation on the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) proceeds, the initial phase of this Program supports one of the specific segments of the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry, namely, game development. In the 2012-2016 Philippine IT-BPM Road Map published by the DOST-ICT Office, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines, and TeamAsia, there is a need to sustain the growth and momentum of the IT-BPM industry through the implementation of key and strategic initiatives in the areas of talent, marketing and branding, ecosystem, and research. Further, the industry must be able to respond to the requirements of the global market; one way to do this is to ensure that there is steady supply of workforce that have the necessary skills to provide the services required by the target market.

The ICT Scholarship and Training Program aims to expand the country’s pool of skilled professionals in targeted high growth segments of the IT-BPM industry, as well as support the goal of producing more globally competitive ICT skilled professionals.

The ICT Office has partnered with the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) to coordinate and mobilize activities in the conduct of the Lean Six Sigma for IT-BPM Course. This program forms part of the collaboration between the ICT Office and IBPAP as provided for in their Memorandum of Understanding to plan and implement talent development programs for the said industry.

The Lean Six Sigma for IT-BPM Course is designed to equip participants with the necessary expert knowledge, skills, attitudes and leadership in the planning and implementing sustainable improvement projects for improved organizational performance and success. The program provides a rigorous treatment of the whole spectrum of the body of knowledge (BOK) of both Lean and Six Sigma. Mastery of the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) knowledge is fortified with practical case studies and significant hands-on exercises aided by software tools. With lean six sigma expertise, knowledge, methods, and tools, the organization will be able to build a culture of operational excellence while achieving bottom-line results and total customer experience

The course was developed and will be conducted and administered by the University of the Philippines (UP) through the National Engineering Center (NEC).

The above-mentioned course will have up to twenty (20) slots available to qualified scholars; applicants, however, must meet certain eligibility criteria and shall be subject to a screening process.  The scholarship program reaches out to underprivileged, talented and deserving students, practitioners, near hire job applicants, and government employees and provides them the opportunity to apply such skill in their chosen field, pursue a career in the ICT industry, or engage in entrepreneurial-related activities.

For more information, please visit the website of the UP NEC at www.upnec.com. All application must be sent by January 24, 2014, to the following:

Professional Engineering Training Division
UP National Engineering Center
2/F Juinio Hall, F. Agoncillo Streeet & Osmeña Avenue, UP Diliman Campus
Quezon City, 1101

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About the ICT Office

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity. In the area of ICT industry development, it shall develop and implement a comprehensive program to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of ICT industry segments and firms; formulate and implement an integrated and comprehensive program to support the growth of the ICT industry in the regions; undertake the development of an industry-relevant curriculum in coordination with the industry, government and academe to enhance the competitiveness of the ICT workforce; formulate, recommend and implement a comprehensive and harmonized ICT promotions and advocacy program.

About IBPAP

The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) is the umbrella organization for the IT-BPM and GIC (Global In-House Center) industry in the Philippines. IBPAP currently has approximately 250 members, consisting of industry players, enablers and five associations, namely the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc., Contact Center Association of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Software Industry Association.

IBPAP plays a pivotal role in achieving the potential growth of the IT-BPM and GIC industry in the Philippines. It works to ensure an enduring supply of high-quality talent, supporting service innovation, providing country visibility, and conducting dialogues with government for policy directions. IBPAP also serves as the one-stop information and advocacy gateway for the industry.

Note(*): subject to the conditions and agreements of the ICT Industry Scholarship and Tranining Program

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