Our actions in the Philippines
Launched in 2009 in Cebu, Passerelles numériques Philippines (PNP) offers an IT training program based on a holistic educative approach including technical and soft skills, and a personal development program.
Despite the recent strong economic growth (+5.8%), the Philippines experience a high youth unemployment and a rise in the poverty rate. 25% of young people are neither working nor in training, the revenue gap between the richest and the poorest is one of the world’s largest and 40% of the population live with less than 3 USD per day.
In the central Visayas region where PN operates, natural calamities occur frequently and contribute to retaining the poorest in a constantly precarious economic state.
For young people (35% of the population is under 15), the wish to continue studying is very strong, but the cost and the lack of professional training programs is making it a hindrance for underprivileged students to pursue higher education, keeping this dream out of reach.
Fast-growing industries such as IT offer great opportunities for those who can benefit such programs.
- 2015: Launch of an innovative new program with a pilot class (47 students).
- 2014: PN Philippines celebrates its 5-year anniversary.
- 2013: PNP runs at its maximum capacity: 90 new students join the program.
- 2012: First graduation of 24 students.
- 2009: Launch of PN’s second program in Cebu with 24 students.
Since 2009, 269 students graduated from PN Philippines. 100% of them found a job within two months after graduating, earning two to four times the minimum wage (an average of 308 USD per month for the 2016 promotion).
Once they have found a job, all our graduates support their family and their community. In average, our alumni send 25 to 30% of their salary to their families.
Each year, Passerelles numériques Philippines selection team goes through a rigorous 4-step process to select talented and motivated underprivileged youths in the poorest regions of the Visayas.
A special effort is made to include at least 50% of young women, and beyond that, priority is given to the poorest boys or girls.
Training and education program
Since 2009, Passerelles numériques Philippines has been partnering with the University of San Carlos (USC), Talamban. Focusing on employability, PNP’s training is constantly updated in order to match business needs; it aims at being practical, targeted and certified.
At the end of the 2.5-year training, graduating students receive a certificate in Computer Technology delivered by USC and a Passerelles numériques certificate.
In 2016, PNP has implemented a pilot class with a reviewed curriculum designed in partnership with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences of USC, and supported by partner companies such as Accenture, Icomm, House of IT, NCR, etc. The objective is to adapt our curriculum with more student-centered pedagogy, technology innovations, increased involvement of coaches and volunteers from partner companies, alumni mentoring and IT tutoring, while reinforcing relationship with the Computer and Information Sciences department at USC.
A solid technical and practical 2.5-year training
Passerelles numériques Philippines provides an intensive and comprehensive IT training to make students more competitive in the booming IT industry. Designed to match local company needs, it includes theoretical, practical and innovative training with modern equipment.
30 months training in IT
- 1.5 month of pre-training.
- 18 months of basic and advanced IT training.
- 2 months of IT specialization (Java development, Web development, Software testing, Systems administration).
- 10 months of On-the-Job Training (five days working in a company and two days studying at USC and PNP).
On-The-Job Training (OJT)
Students have the opportunity to put into practice their skills during a ten months internship in one of our partner companies. OJT is a hands-on job training allowing a faster progress as the students learn more through daily contact with professionals. They also gain more confidence and knowledge of their working environment.
A general training in professional skills
To maximise students employability, they also follow a Professional Life Training (PLT) additional curricula. It aims at preparing them to better understand company environment, adopt professional behaviors and maximize students’ employability (high-level soft skills from communication, autonomy, teamwork, public speaking, to business writing).
Social and educational development
To prepare these young people to become mature and independent adults, we developed a personal development curricula which revolves around PN’s values: Trust, Responsibility, Solidarity, Respect, and a Demanding approach.
To reach this objectives we are supported by partner NGOs and a 24/7 dedicated team. Through center life activities, we provide:
- Living cost
- Medical support
- Individual psychological support & counseling
- Nutrition program
- Awareness sessions (health, environment etc.)
- Education based on PN’s values
- Sport, outdoor activities
Since 2009, 269 young people graduated from Passerelles numériques Philippines and joined the alumni association.
Founded in 2012, PNP Alumni Association takes part in many activities such as networking & alumni meeting, educational activities (mentoring, sharing experience), environmental activities, recreational and sports activities, Solidarity Act program, etc.
PNP Alumni Association also supports the External Relations department in the guidance to employment program (internship and job search).
Watching our students become successful at a very young age gives me a sense of fulfillment. I am very proud of them.Mary Ann LABRA
Life in PN was not easy. It took me one year and six months to realize how fruitful the training and the activities were. Now, everything is coming into place. My family is living in comfort and I have people who are with me every step of the way. Thank you so much to PN!Melchi CABASAG
Passerelles numériques taught me to not let the failures stop you on your way, make them your motivation to go forward.James SALUDARIO
Main partners supporting PN Philippines
PN Philippines values partnering and building win-win relations. Partnerships are either financial through grants and in-kind donations, or pedagogical and human when professionals are involved in the training of our students.
We have built through the years a large network of partners which contribute to our success and allow us to give the best to our students.
After a large contribution to our program in Cambodia, Accenture is, since 2010, the main partner of the development of PN Philippines, with a financial contribution over four years. Moreover, employees of Accenture Cebu are in charge of a part of the training (Business Life Training), and consultants and senior executives from France are also involved during short missions on the field. In April 2013, Accenture France implemented the “Payroll Giving” for its employees, in favor of charities, including Passerelles numériques.
During 2 years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch supports the scholarship of 20 young girls who enrolled in Passerelles numériques’ programme in the Philippines in June 2014.
In 2015, Children’s Hour provided funds to PNP to conduct medical checkups, medical follow ups and the purchase of medicine.
Enfants d’Asie works with Passerelles numériques in Cambodia and in the Philippines, especially during the selection process.
Enfants du Mékong has been involved since the very beginning of Passerelles numériques’ project in Cambodia in 2005. Bringing digital opportunities to young and disadvantaged people has always been a project that makes senses to an NGO such as Enfants du Mékong that seeks to give not only access to education but also the best chances to get a qualified job. Since then, Enfants du Mékong has kept contributing to PN projects, especially through the selection process in Cambodia and in the Philippines.
Air Liquide Foundation participates to the financing of innovative material for our program in the Philippines, especially for the launch of our Pilot Class.
Created in 2008, Amanjaya Foundation supports organizations that work to promote access to education for disadvantaged children and young people. Since 2008, Amanjaya Foundation supports Passerelles numériques.
Richard Hua Education Trust Fund finances the full scholarship of 50 students in the Philippines during 2 years.
Since the launch of the program in 2009, PN Philippines students are studying at the prestigious University of San Carlos in Cebu.