Microsoft, NGOs And Partners Launch Program To Increase Employability For PWDs in Asia

Microsoft, NGOs And Partners Launch Program To Increase Employability For PWDs in Asia

Spotlight

EDSA Busway System To Implement Fully Cashless Transactions With Beep Cards

Cashless transactions via Beep card will begin on October 1.

SM Wins At 2019 Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

The SM Investments Corporation has bagged yet again another award!

7 Commandments To Revitalize The Country Safely

Medical experts recommend strict health protocols for public transportation.

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

The Microsoft Enabler Program launched today pioneers disability inclusive workplaces across Asia Pacific by removing the barriers for a more diverse workforce. With more than 1 billion people with disabilities (PwDs) in the world, disability-inclusive employment can lead to 1-7% rise in GDP in Asia Pacific through increased economic productivity.

The program will pilot in five markets: Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, before expanding to the rest of the region by the end of 2020.

Organizations committed to the program will receive training from the Non-Profit organizations (NPOs) to become inclusive employers, and these businesses will in turn provide job shadowing, internships, mentoring and opportunities in tech jobs for PwDs identified by the NPO’s. Microsoft will provide industry required training in cloud & artificial intelligence, as well as a platform for all three to collaborate towards an inclusive future for every person.

“In today’s workplace, it is imperative that we include everyone, and accessibility is the vehicle to inclusion. It is a responsibility and an opportunity. There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it,” said Vivek Puthucode, Chief Partner Office at Microsoft in Asia Pacific. “Inclusive organizations outperform their peers and attract and keep top talent, and we have seen how inclusion drives innovation”.

Skills and Knowledge

Microsoft will provide online training in data engineering and programming, cloud computing on Microsoft Azure and application development in GitHub to the PwDs. These modules will provide crucial technology skills that are globally recognized, and highly sought after in our digital first and remote everything world, therefore providing them with a learning path for industry leading skillsets that improves their employability. For the employer partners, Microsoft will conduct workshops on inclusive design and assistive technologies enabled through artificial intelligence on Microsoft Azure.

“At the heart of the Microsoft Enabler Program is a comprehensive accessibility model that will not only improve inclusion of people with disabilities across Asia Pacific for years to come; it also connects to local talent from underrepresented communities and improves our society,” continued Vivek.

The Non-Profit Organizations:

1. Be. Lab (New Zealand)
2. JA Korea
3. KODAF (Korea Differently Abled Federation)
4. SG Enable (Singapore)
5. The Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities (Thailand)
6. Virtualahan (Philippines)

These NPOs will provide education and training to the employer partners to help them learn about working with PwDs, offer inputs on workplace modifications they may need to be an accessible employer, and guidance on mentoring PwDs.

The employer partners:

1. Cloocus (Korea)
2. Cognizant Technology Solutions (Singapore, Philippines)
3. Crayon (Singapore, Philippines, Thailand)
4. Datacom (New Zealand)
5. DXC Technology (New Zealand)
6. ePLDT (Philippines)
7. HCL Technologies (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand)
8. Ingram Micro Asia (Singapore)
9. Metanet Tplatform (Korea)
10. Nexus Tech (Philippines)
11. NTT Asia Pacific (Singapore, Philippines, Thailand)
12. NTT Data (Singapore, Philippines)
13. Tech Data (Singapore)
14. Wipro (Singapore, Philippines, Thailand)

These organizations, in addition to receiving training from the NPOs on creating inclusive workplaces, will also accelerate their disability inclusion program by completing Accessibility Fundamentals, the course by Microsoft Learn which provides guidance on inclusive design principles and leveraging assistive technology.

“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and when we look at the incredible number of businesses and governments who have pivoted to cloud with Microsoft in the region, tech roles and digital skills will be the backbone of the economic recovery every country. And one of the ways we can enable an inclusive recovery is by empowering every person and every business with technology skills,” he continued.

Engaging PwDs in the Workplace

Microsoft’s partners in the region commit to providing opportunities for PwDs by providing job shadowing, training, mentoring and internship attachments in technical roles. These opportunities will be offered in close collaboration with the NPO’s who will match the most suitable PwD profile, skills, qualifications, and ambitions with the requirements of the role.

“Accessibility starts with building a culture of inclusion in the workplace. The more you focus on it, the more your culture will improve and evolve. The company culture and workplace environment are important elements of a successful accessibility program. At Microsoft, our vision and strategy of accessibility was to embed inclusive, accessible design into the fabric of the company. And we want to enable every organization to be inclusive,” concluded Vivek.

Enabling the Employment of PwDs

To expand the talent pipeline for partners and connect job-seeking PwDs to tech roles, the program will also feature a virtual job fair, held at the end of second quarter of 2021, that brings together the Microsoft partners and NPOs. PwDs can use the opportunity to showcase their skills, experience from their job attachments and interests, while businesses share roles available to connect with potential hires. In addition to job matching, the virtual event will include educational sessions about accessibility in the workplace, assistive technology as well as training, support and tools to help organizations sustain their accessibility programs.

29 More Overseas Filipinos Catch Coronavirus

DFA reports 29 more overseas Filipinos contracting the COVID-19, pushing the total tally to 10,467.

7 Helpful Apps For Your Online Classes

Make your online classes easier to deal with with these apps!

Taguig’s Effective COVID-19 Response Cited

How does the Taguig City implement effective measures in fighting the COVID-19?

11K Pasig Kids Get Food, Nutrition Packs Amid Pandemic

Pasig City continues to take care of its residents by providing food packs and nutrition packages to over 11,000 beneficiaries.

Galvez Cites Unified Efforts Of NCR LGUs Vs. COVID-19

Galvez acknowledges the improvement of the COVID-19 response caused by the unified efforts of the LGUs.

Ilocos Norte Town Puts Up Own Swabbing Booth

Residents in Vintar, Ilocos Norte who have been exposed to the COVID-19 no longer need to travel far to have their sample specimens tested now that there is a newly established swabbing booth at the Puericulture Center.

Usec. Vergeire: COVID-19 Cases Drop Due To ‘One Hospital, Oplan Kalinga’

"It (One Hospital Command) has given a breather to our healthcare system... We saw the healthcare utilization rate has gone down to level that's still in the warning level but the healthcare system was able to manage and we're able to open units in hospitals to accommodate patients."

Mayor Sara Issues Additional Guidelines For ‘Undas’

The new guidelines shall be observed from October 29 to November 4.

PH Logs 1,635 New COVID-19 Cases; Recoveries At 230,643

Here is the COVID-19 update for September 22, 2020. Don't forget to wear your masks and shields!

Andanar Not Worried About TV Frequencies For Distance Learning

“I am not worried na kukulangin ho tayo ng frequencies dahil napakadami hong gustong tumulong sa pribadong sector."