Case Study

Construction management skills in the Philippines

People1st International


UK Skills Federation member, People1st International, were appointed by the Philippine Constructors Association Inc. to develop and quality assure a fit for purpose management training programme that will transform the skills of supervisory level construction workers in the Philippines’ booming construction industry.

Asia Pacific – Philippines
Staff Capacity Building, Occupational Skills Standards, Curriculum Development, Train the Trainer, Recognition, Quality Assurance

With construction companies in the Philippines recently being urged to prepare a sufficient talent pipeline to support the government’s massive “Build! Build! Build!” program of 75 flagship projects including the build of 6 airports, 9 railways, 3 bus rapid transits, 32 roads and bridges, and 4 seaports, in June 2018 the Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) entered into an agreement to develop the skills of supervisory staff in the construction sector to help meet the future management skill needs.

The Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) engaged leading UK skills & quality assurance expert, People 1st International, to develop an industry-specific, quality assured training programme that meets global professional standards and is recognised by a UK awarding organisation.

The programme aimed to create a pool of 2000 qualified, globally competitive and job ready construction supervisors and assistant construction supervisors needed by the construction industry.

The driving force behind this entire endeavor is the need for transformation. Why? Amidst the fast-paced technological evolution, the world economy slows down punctuated by an aging population. The Philippines counterpoints this environment with its economic growth momentum fuelled by a large, and still growing, young population. This is spelled out in the Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap 2020-2030, which is a joint effort of PCA and the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry – Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (DTI-CIAP).

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