BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The provincial government of Bataan yesterday awarded 322 junior high school students with International Career Readiness Certificates (ICRCs). The ICRC is a globally recognized credential that measures essential workplace skills of students.
The student awardees are the first in the Philippines to receive the said certificate. Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia led the awarding ceremony. ”We consider it as a milestone in the province, the awarding of ICRCs could serve as a catalyst in workforce development in the Philippines,” Governor Garcia said.
The Provincial Government of Bataan has partnered with the Servicio Filipino Inc. (SFI) Group of Companies in conducting the K-12 Key Train curriculum efficacy study among selected junior high school students from 22 public schools and 4 private schools across the 11 towns and this city from January to March this year.
The SFI Group of Companies, the leading provider of workforce management solutions in the Philippines, offer human resource placement, consulting, training and contractual services in a spectrum of industries that include engineering, information technology, business process outsourcing and property management.
The support and commitment of the American College Testing (ACT), the leader in college assessments in the United States, has made it possible. The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. It was first administered in November 1959 by Everett Franklin Lindquist.
Those who scored at certain levels on three WorkKeys assessments – Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information, qualified for either a platinum, gold, silver or bronze certificate. The student awardees comprise 62 percent of the total number of students who were previously assessed.
Proponents of the study believe that the ICRC program of ACT could have a positive impact on the country’s workforce development vis-a-vis the government’s K-12 curriculum.