20 Feb DDLS opens first dedicated training facility in the Philippines
Manila, 20 February 2020 – DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate ICT and cybersecurity training today officially opened its first training campus in the Philippines to support the local workforce. The opening of the new campus in the Philippines marks DDLS’ expansion into Asia Pacific and provides professionals in the Philippines an opportunity to take up a career in a booming industry.
With DDLS present in every major city in Australia, we wanted to replicate this model in Southeast Asia, and the Philippines showed the most potential. Having skilled workers in the ICT industry who can monitor, secure and mitigate against any risks is a requirement that the industry has identified, and DDLS is responding to these needs by training the next generation of professionals in a new state-of-the-art facility.” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS.
Located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the 500sqm training facility consists of seven state-of-the-art training rooms, equipped with the latest technology as well as telepresence technology to help students and IT professionals master skillsets necessary to immediately enter the workforce.
“The Philippines campus was designed to be conducive for learning, to match the quality of instruction that our trainers are able to impart.”, commented Mike Calma DDLS Philippines Country GM. “The campus will prepare students to meet the demand for talent in cybersecurity, DevOps, cloud and others through skill development, with technology that is at the forefront of this digital future.”
DDLS, a wholly owned subsidiary of EdventureCo, joined forces with Aboitiz Impact Ventures, Inc. in March 2019 to bring quality IT Training to the Philippines. In less than a year of operations, DDLS Philippines has trained more than 300 students in Microsoft courses. It has since rolled out new training courses in IT service management, data science and cybersecurity. The new campus also hosts a dedicated Pearson VUE authorised room for taking online tests and certifications.
ePLDT has been sending its team members to Microsoft Azure courses since DDLS’ doors first opened in Manila;
“We know the value of investing in our people. We want them to be properly equipped when they handle projects and face clients. DDLS is not only a training center, but a partner to roadmap our employee’s technical skills,” Dianne Mendoza, People Learning and Development Specialist, ePLDT. “We send our team to training, so they can be certified in these products. But our foremost intent is to supply our clients with excellent service.”
As DDLS gains traction, it does not lose sight of its long-term goals. “Our vision for DDLS is to make IT education accessible. Technology skills are becoming a basic requirement to work. We, Aboitiz Impact Ventures, believe that we can help shape our future workforce by providing training for in-demand skills and making that opportunity available for anyone”, says Jokin, President, Aboitiz Impact Ventures.
About DDLS Philippines
DDLS Philippines (DDLS Aboitiz Inc.) is a joint venture between EdventureCo, a leading vocational and professional education and training (VPET) group in Asia Pacific, and Aboitiz Impact Ventures (AIV), a wholly owned unit of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (PSE: AEV). EdventureCo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arowana International Limited (ASX: AWN).
DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We provide extensive training options tailored to organisations’ needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. In cybersecurity we offer the broadest range of authorised training from leading global organisations including the EC-Council, (ISC)2, ISACA, RESILA (Axelos), and CompTIA. In all specialisations DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of technology, process and people.