Data Transformation for TVET Trainers to build digital capacity at TESDA
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Data Transformation for TVET Trainers to build digital capacity at TESDA

FutureNotes are case studies of partnerships at Eskwelabs. These notes highlight the importance and success of our learning formats in getting people ready for the future of work. We invite universities, government agencies, and businesses to learn about how our sprints work and how they have made an impact on those who have previously gone through them.

How can a government agency develop the skills to improve its own data maturity as well as pass on those skills to its beneficiaries? 

Eskwelabs developed a “train the trainers'' set of Learning Sprints focused on “data skills for digital transformation” that provided 120 Technical Vocational Educational Training or TVET trainers with the skills to not only optimize their own administrative workflow but also teach others, both within the agency and outside of it, to do the same. These learning sprints were hands-on projects that allowed trainers to build spreadsheet-based systems for room allocation, inventory management, and cost tracking while building their own skills in analytics, visualization, dashboarding, and data systems.

Data maturity and digital transformation in government are important because it can enable the people to become more involved in policy making as it allows them access to government information. This promotes transparency and accountability, resulting in better civic engagement (Munoz & Rodriguez Bolivar, 2017). Digitalization also has the potential to expedite processes as it objectively measures progress of different government actors and identifies emerging needs and weaknesses that hinder the pace of development. (Stoyanova, 2022). Lastly, automation, AI, and machine learning can generally extend the value of work done by making more accurate decisions, improving decision-making speed and reducing costs (Chu, 2022).

Note. From Eggers, W. D., Manstof, J., Kishnani, P. K., & Barroca, J. (2021, June 17). Seven pivots for government’s digital transformation. Deloitte Insights. Fig. 1 - Ranking of most common rationales for digital transformation cited by government and commercial respondents.

Learning Outcomes

In 2022, Eskwelabs carried out an in-depth data maturity assessment through a series of interviews, a focus group discussion, and competency and behavioral assessments of hundreds of employees at TESDA. This was used to develop and then implement a data literacy course in the form of two Learning Sprints (total 55 hours) using Eskwelabs’ immersive bootcamp methodology.

Fig. 2 - Bootcamp Partnership Summary

Each module integrated three different data projects identified by TESDA as priority projects which the learners worked on in groups and presented to their superiors at the end of each sprint module:

  • Room Allocation System with Dashboard and Report 
  • Training Cost Tracking System with Dashboard and Report
  • Supply & Inventory Management System with Dashboard and Report
Fig. 3 - Sample Student Output, Data Literacy with Spreadsheets

The program attained a Net Promoter Score of 76%, demonstrating the enthusiasm of learners for both the bootcamp’s practical pedagogy & apprenticeship-based learning model, as well as the accessible but powerful technical skills of data analysis and storytelling.

"I am really impressed with the Learning Sprint with Eskwelabs, you guys really taught us a lot about the digitalization of data and presenting it to our audience as well." - Trainer, TESDA TVET Program

Growing the Partnerships

The potential points of discussion for future collaboration and catalytic impact include:

  • Leveraging the data project ideas generated from TESDA's training programs to increase engagement and enhance buy-in
  • Investing in resources and targeted training sprints
  • Providing capacity-building for executives, project management units, and managers.
  • Onboarding new team members should be used to facilitate their understanding of data maturity values, allowing them to bring new perspectives, 
  • Utilising the Learning Sprint platform to create open-source materials for use by other actors within the impact sector

Taking it a step further, you can look forward to a more in-depth evaluation of this sprint in a future article focusing on the Kirkpatrick Model. This model is used to analyze and evaluate the results of training and evaluation programs. It is focused on training style and has four levels of criteria: Reaction, Learning, Behavior, and Results. This evaluation generates more insights that would greatly benefit both Eskwelabs in their sprint implementation and TESDA  in deciding their learning objectives. 

Looking Ahead

In summary, the case study highlights how a comprehensive program like Eskwelabs’ Learning Sprints can effectively build digital and data capacity for large teams and agencies through catalytic training.

We’ll be deep diving into our impactful partnerships through the future issues of FutureNotes. To learn more about our learning sprints and how they can benefit your institution, we encourage you to download our Sprint Catalogue below. If your organization is driven by education innovation, collaborate with us and help create a future-ready workforce. Together, we can bridge the skills gap and prepare future generations for the changing nature of work.

Chu, A. C. (2022, September 20). The Future of Work, the Future of Learning, and Learning Sprints. 

Eggers, W.D., Manstof, J., Kishnani, P. K., & Barroca, J. (2021, June 17). Seven pivots for government’s digital transformation. Deloitte Insights. 

Muñoz, L., & Rodriguez Bolivar, M. P. (2017, November 9). Experiences of E-government development implementation in developing countries: Challenges and solutions. SpringerLink. Retrieved February 22, 2023

Stoyanova, M. (2022). DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF PUBLIC SECTOR. KNOWLEDGE - International Journal, 52(1), 117–120.