Project Title

Women's Economic Empowering, New Media Digital Upskilling (WEDU) 

Project Year

2019   

Project Number

HRD 03 2019A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HRD 03 2019A 

Project Title

Women's Economic Empowering, New Media Digital Upskilling (WEDU) 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Women and the Economy 

Project Year

2019 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

46,000 

Co-funding Amount

52,000 

Total Project Value

98,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chinese Taipei 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/03/2020 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2020 

Project Proponent Name 1

Tsai Meng-Liang 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General 

Organization 1

Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(886-2) 89956021 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

jason611@wda.gov.tw 

Project Proponent Name 2

Huang Che-Shang 

Job Title 2

CBN Coordinator 

Organization 2

Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

(886-2) 89956021 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

aarond@wda.gov.tw 

Declaration

Tsai Meng-Liang and Huang Che-Shang 

Project Summary

Strengthening human resources development, including through technical and vocational training, up-and re-skilling to enhance workers’ capacity, mobility and preparedness for the digital age, will realize the potential of women. One of the most important trends is new media that is sweeping the limitations of time or space and can be great opportunities of jobs for the future and inclusive growth. The project aims at identifying new media skills for responding to the labor market needs, as well as developing the training package that will cultivate talented women, with attention is paid to vulnerable populations for realizing potential and exploring a wider range of career pathway.

Two workshops and one seminar would be carried out for providing a platform for APEC economies and stakeholders to share best practices, data and experiences that will contribute to fostering capacity building on digital up-and re-skilling in the area of new media.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: In 2017 and 2018, the APEC Leaders recognized the increasing benefits of the digital economy and placed importance on the need to prepare people and all workers, especially vulnerable groups, for the changing world of work. Strengthening human resources development, including through technical and vocational training, up-and re-skilling to increase workers’ employability, mobility and preparedness for the digital age, will realize the potential of people. Furthermore, at least 133 million new roles generated as a result of the new division of labor may emerge globally by 2022, and there will also be strong demand for quality digital talents with the skills of creative thinking, problem-solving and negotiating, according to the World Economic Forum. Changes in the digital economy brought in by newer technologies means that policymakers have to be proactive while building skillset among their workforce.

2019 APEC theme “Connecting People, Building the Future” as its priorities address on increasing the participation of people in the global economy taking advantage of the characteristics of the digital society, aiming for inclusive growth that is central for development and foundational for the success of women’s economic empowerment in both developed and developing member economies where everyone benefits from integration and progress. However, the workforce is being disrupted. All organizations are preparing to face unprecedented workforce planning, upskilling, and talent management challenges.

Everyday life is becoming increasingly digital, and we are looking for new ways to manage careers and talent mobility. One of the most important trends is new media that is a catch-all term used for various kinds of digital technology, including social media, blogs, video games and online news outlets. According to We Are Social and Hootsuite’s 2019 Global Digital report, Eastern Asia, along with Northern America, has the highest new media penetration rate in the world at 70%. With transmitting content through connection and conversation, new media is sweeping the limitations of time or space and can be great opportunities of jobs for the future. Individuals could harness digital technology as a tool to enhance experience, serve customers, track behavior, discover vital insights into their audience, and adapt marketing strategies by innovative use of resources in transform of ideas into activities in a media form that meets the need of the market. Developing new media products that focused on creating the best user experience requires various skills and creativity, it is imperative that we come to a better understanding the fast-paced nature of the industry.

In line with APEC priorities, HRDWG-CBN identifies and coordinates efforts to build the APEC workforce that is ready to meet a skill-centered and digital future. Based on the core value of inclusive growth, the project aims at identifying skills for responding to the labour market needs, as well as developing the training package that would provide insights and recommendations that transfer seamlessly over various functions to build sustained competitive advantage for promoting regional cooperation and integration in the near future, especially women and vulnerable populations such as youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities to participate in, contribute to, and share the benefits of inclusive economic growth with new media skills.

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: How does the project a) meet the eligibility criteria and b) support the funding priorities for the nominated fund or sub‑fund?

In addition to seizing opportunities for women to advance inclusive growth in the digital age for a more equal participation in labor markets, the WEDU project is in accord with the APEC Women and the Economy Sub-Fund scope of enhancing women’s economic empowerment and facilitating four of the PPWE’s key pillars:

a.   Sorting out comprehensive skills that assist women to realize potentials, embrace new media skills for flexible working arrangement that facilitates mobility and work-life balance in a high competitive environment;

b.   Opening up opportunities to connect with local and global markets through capacity building in digital upskilling;

c.   Increasing economic participation of women in leadership, developing knowledge, and exploring ways to raise visibility;

Relevance – Capacity Building: How will the project build the capacity of APEC member economies. For ASF projects, please identify the APEC developing member economies that will benefit from this project. (Refer to capacity building goals, objectives and principles at Appendix K of the Guidebook.)

Alerting to the changing environment and develop strategies to ensure alignment with future skill requirements, the WEDU project will focus on collecting and analyzing various best practices for developing training package that would enhance regional cooperation for conducting training programs and mutual recognition of qualifications for human resources management. The project is centered on dialogue and knowledge-sharing that would build the capacity of policymakers and stakeholders across the APEC region, and developing member economies will benefit from:

a.   Innovation: Identifying skills that should be moved from optional to critical and need to be complemented with transversal skills such as the ability to communicate effectively in both traditional and new media channels, as well as making new media upskilling part of a solution to innovation for existing industries;

b.   Enabling: Responding to the changing landscape by taking a positive role and making priorities on new media digital upskilling that will have a real impact on individuals and institutions, to assist people to participate fully in economy;

c.   Inclusiveness: Tackling inequalities and gender divide, learning how to playing a pivotal role in setting up the fundamental strategies on developing future talents, providing programs for women and disadvantaged groups, and reskilling adults at risk for job displacement.

Objectives

The project supports “APEC Framework on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age” with the following actions,

a.   Categorizing and investigating best practices and role models as a basis for conducting specific growth-oriented and industry-focused activities for further collaboration to address the issue of preparing inclusive workforce for the future

b.   Fostering a higher level of capacity building on digital up-and re-skilling in the area of new media

c.   Providing thought-provoking insights and training package to ensure quality inclusive vocational training for all, especially women and socially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, and people with disabilities

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The WEDU project is consistent with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration for 2016, 2017 and 2018:

a.  Working on human resources development and gender equality in promoting the full advancement of women towards fully realizing potential and increasing participation in the digital economy.

b.   Enhancing women’s economic empowerment through accessing to markets, and increasing women’s participation in high-growth and high-wage sectors, as well as promoting women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, skills and competencies.

c.   Promoting the participation of all groups in the digital economy including women and disadvantaged groups through capacity building, accessing to secure and resilient digital infrastructure, and the development of skills.

The project also supports APEC Ministerial Chair’s Statement for 2018: improving access to the digital economy and the use of new technologies for contributing to economic development in the region. 

Alignment – ForumThis project is aligned with the objectives of the strategic plan 2017-2020 from HRDWG:

a.   Strengthening internal capacity and resources of HRD to work for Inclusive Growth and Digital Economy;

b.   Making HRDWG a cross-cutting working group in APEC;

c. Providing people in Asia-Pacific region with 21st Century competencies and skills through education and training;

d.  Promoting human resources development by strengthening markets and building organizational capacity in public, private and not-for-profits sectors; and

e. Fostering strong and flexible labor markets.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The main outputs of this project will be including:

a.   A Best Practice Collection (2020.03 – 2020.06): The Project Overseer will conduct the work that would be launched through sending out email/online questionnaire to member economies. The purpose of collecting best practices is to identify how, where and when to harness new media as the best way to upgrade the existing industries for innovation and create new employment opportunities. Through integrating gender perspectives, policymakers could play an important role in supporting women and vulnerable populations by collaborating with industry and educational institutions on upskilling and reskilling initiatives, developing industry-wide skills standards and building quantitative models for responding workforce demand. 4 to 6 good practices are expected to be collected in this project. Selected best practices would be invited to be presented in the 3-day seminar, and the elements of the best practices would be recorded in the seminar summary report, as well as important materials for developing the training package for cultivating the talents for the future.

The 1st self-funded half-day workshop (2020.02): the event “Optimizing Human Potential through New Approaches to Skills Citizens in Digital Age: Women’s Economic Empowering, New Media Digital Upskilling (WEDU) Workshop” endorsed by HRDWG members would be taken place on 11th February in the margin of SOM-1 in Malaysia. The 30 attendees included HRDWG and PPWE representatives from Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, and the United States. The agenda with the main themes are as follows : (1)Mr. Huang, Che-Shang(CBN Coordinator, Chinese Taipei), Dr. Maziah Che Yusoff(Director of Human Capital Development Division, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Malaysia), Professor Dong Sun Park(HRDWG Lead Shepherd, Republic of Korea), and Ms. Nafizah Nayan(Undersecretary of the International Relations Division, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia) welcomed  the  participants  and  opened  the  meeting  by introducing the workshop background and objective, (2)Keynote speech 1 (New approaches to TVET for the automation age): Mr. Craig Robertson(CEO of TAFE Directors Australia) shared the viewpoints of the risk of job losses by 2030. The best solution would be to increase the capabilities  of all citizens so each and every one can act as able citizens and productive workers or entrepreneurs, therefore new approach to TVET is needed based on repositioning, not for TVET but as a key equity tool, (3)Keynote speech 2 (Future Competencies and Gender: Insights from innovative approaches): Dr. Fang, Nien-Hsuan(Board member, Foundation for Women’s Rights Promotion and Development, Consultant of WEDU project, Chinese Taipei) introduced the critique of human resource development research from the feminist point of view, and encouraged women could be the “content curators” who would have fun online through bridging the public and the professional, or enhancing the public understanding of science, (3)Panel discussion and wrap session: 2 keynote speakers,  Ms. Azurah Ibrahim(Manager, Strategy and Talent Intervention, Cybersecurity, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd, Malaysia) and Ms. Francesca I-Ku Chen(Researcher of FWRPD, Chinese Taipei) share opinions and experiences on alerting to the changing environment, developing  strategies to ensure alignment with future skill requirements, and enhancing regional cooperation for human resources management.

b.   A 3-day Seminar (2020.06 – 2020.09): it would be held in Taipei, to equip about 45 to 55 participants with knowledge and issues in the fields of new media. The discussion of the seminar will base on the outcomes of the best practices. The first day of the seminar will focus on challenges and structural issues women and vulnerable papulations face in the fast-changing labor market. A concrete roundtable discussion will be held on the second day to identify the approaches to promote new media digital upskilling and reskilling to refresh curricula to include transversal skills needed in the future. The third day will emphasize on how to remove barriers to work-related mobility and support new talent pools by recognizing the qualifications, certifications, or accreditations in the APEC region. Post-event assessment would be conducted for requesting gender-responsive recommendations to refine the training package. The length of the seminar summary report is 10-15 pages and several parts are included, such as introduction, seminar program, best practices overview/analysis, ideas and issues raised at the seminar, main conclusions with possible future actions. The tentative agenda with discussion topics are as follows,

Day 1: Best practices sharing: (1) how new media affects industries’ value chain; (2) the essential skills that women and vulnerable population need for realizing potential and seize unique business opportunities.  

Day 2: Best practices sharing: (1) how to craft an effective new media content strategy with gender perspectives; (2) the transversal skills on harnessing new media.

Day 3: Brainstorming: (1) lesson learned from the best practices or other information that should be included in the training package; (2) the next step in enriching PPWE Women and the Economy Dashboard.

c.   The 2nd self-funded half-day workshop (2020.08): it would be conducted in the margin of SOM-3 to highlight the key outcomes and achievements of this project, including gender-responsive policy recommendations, research findings and the draft training package for comments on units of competency or skill sets and offer specific feedback on the various aspects such as performance criteria or assessment requirements.

d. A training package: the document is a set of standards and qualifications used to recognize and assess the skills and knowledge in the workplace. The purpose of the training package is to encourage the development and delivery of training to suit individual needs, including women and vulnerable populations. In this project, new media will be the most important tools for building transversal skills. The training package would be published within 20 pages and the main component are units of competency (the specification of knowledge and skills), assessment guidelines (descriptions of performance standards), employment skills and strategies on how, why and which elements of gender perspective should be taken for consideration. Developing mutual curricula/certification based on the training package for promoting institutional connectivity and talent mobility are expected to be part of the next phase discussions. 

Outcomes: Several outcomes of the WEDU project would be as follows:

a. The beneficiaries would broaden knowledge, gain gender perspectives, establish the goals and draft new media digital upskilling strategies based on the training package at the tertiary level for technical and vocational education and training programs: the kinds of digital skills required to succeed are dramatically different today from those required even just few years ago. A set of digital skills that typically covered basic operation are for existing jobs or routine tasks. It is necessary to identify digital skills from basic to more advanced, and encompass a combination of behaviors, expertise, know-how, work habits, character traits, dispositions and critical understandings. Through this project, the beneficiaries could continually to review and update those digital skills being taught as a result of new technologies and innovations. This fast-changing backdrop makes it important for APEC economies with existing digital skills training programs to update the strategies to take further actions to promote women’s economic empowerment.

b.   The beneficiaries would be able to mapping out the specific socio-economic situation and skills needed to reach a wide range of populations: many emerging issues and new challenges are posed by the rapid development of the digital economy and its increased relevance as more people, particularly those who are excluded from social, economic and political resources. The training package would assist the beneficiaries in ensuring equity in learning and creating opportunities to upskill and reskill throughout developing/revising curriculum series and providing training session series to women and vulnerable groups, and with special emphasis on the complementarity between all stakeholders involved in facilitating future cooperation.

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries are the target audiences of the project such as policy makers from APEC economies, representatives from academia, business associations and private sectors who engage in sharing best practices, identifying the obstacles, and addressing basic elements of capacity building in new media industry.

a.   Policy makers and officials from ministries of labor, education, gender equality and economic development: the officials would be invited to take part in the mentioned activities to exchange views and seek advice on private sector, especially women at the intersection of multiple minority groups. The project would enable APEC economies to better understand the new media digital skills needed in a world where speed, agility, and the ability to spot hidden opportunities, and support them in shaping education and workforce training policies based on the training package.

b.   Private sectors in the fields of new media: highlighting massive usage changes related to the evolution of images / interactive entertainment as communications tools & the broad emergence of freemium businesses at scale, representatives would be invited from pay TV, streaming video, music, gaming, and social media. The individuals participating in the mentioned activates would be able to communicate the skills needed, new technologies and business models that would uncover sustainable value in new media.

c.   NGOs, associations, think tanks, research institutions and experts who are knowledgeable about education and workforce training policies: working together to analyze best practices and assist APEC economies in planning and managing education systems, and in implementing reforms, so that their citizens could develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need in the fields of new media. Experts in gender issues would be especially invited to identify gender-specific needs in the fields of new media.

Women and vulnerable populations who represent a vast untapped source of the workforce for the future: technological trends and business models of new media have the potential to rapidly change the dynamics of the employment landscape, as well as have impact on job opportunities to different groups. Through developing the training package, the project would identify the units of competency, including hard skills and soft skills to be an effective new media pro such as data analysis, copywriting, emotional skills, and creativity, etc., as well as connecting partners to obtain further and updated digital skills in new media. The project is also forging stronger public-private partnerships across the APEC region towards creating an enabling environment for new media digital upskilling, as well as continuously participates in different types of cooperation to cultivate talents for APEC developing / developed economies.

Dissemination

The target audience of the project would be policy makers from APEC economies, representatives from academia, business associations and private sectors. All materials of the above mentioned activities, including seminar summary report with best practices analysis, training package would be circulated to the HRDWG and PPWE. The training package that includes a detailed annex (seminar summary report and best practices analysis) will be disseminated as APEC publications.  Educational and vocational institutions are strongly encouraged to incorporate the content of training package and best practices into their programs, and linkages could be established between private sectors and government institutions responsible for vocational training at local and regional level in order to advance intersectoral collaboration approaches. 

The project overseers would also share electronic versions of the mentioned documents on the APEC Meeting Document Database so that a wider audience could benefit, and the achievements of the WEDU project would be circulated and endorsed at high-level meetings to maximize the impact. As appropriate, the project overseers will work with the APEC Secretariat to explore opportunities to disseminate project outputs to relevant working groups and organizations via traditional and new media channels, including specific campaigns, social media networks for enhancing cross-learning. None of the outputs from this project will be produced for commercial gain.

Gender

Women are still underrepresented in traditional media and technology sector. According to the 2017 Women’s Media Center report, women receive only 38 percent of by-lines in print, TV, Internet, and wire news. And only 15 percent of Wikipedia contributors are women. However, new media has the potential to close this gap, and women are absolutely directly and actively involved in the project.

The project has committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment through pillars of PPWE: (1) Skills, capacity building, and health, (2) Leadership, voice, and agency, and (3) Innovation and Technology. The project overseers would be positive to include women expert, speakers and participants to be involved during the preparatory stage and actual activities. The goal of this project would be having 50% female participants and at least 40% female speakers/experts. In addition, the project overseers would ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the activities and include information on gender for disaggregating data for assessment, especially specific responses of women and men.


Work Plan

Time

Tasks / Activities

Deliverables

February 2020

Identifying the opportunities and challenges in preparing the future workforce in the area of new media

Generating ideas and share a wealth of information

Determining the critical issues on new media digital upskilling with gender perspectives

Planning self-funded workshop and consulting stakeholders

Study materials

Draft of working documents

Submitting the Self-Funded Project Proposal Coversheet for the 1st self-funded half-day workshop

February 2020

Conducting 1st self-funded half-day workshop that will aim to provide a plat form for APEC economies and stakeholders to share knowledge that would contribute to developing the necessary new media digital skills capacity

Working with experts and stakeholders to develop survey form for collecting best practices

  Workshop materials

March 2020

Requesting best practices from APEC economies

Survey questionnaire

April 2020

Providing an overall picture of progress in terms of the outputs of the project

APEC Project Monitoring Report

April – May 2020

Compiling quantitative feedback received from the speakers and participants in the self-funded workshop

Outline of the training package

April – June 2020

Developing the briefings of policy recommendations and best practices

Organizing the 3-day seminar, including seeking nomination of speakers and participants

Draft of analysis of best practices

Administrative circular

Agenda

June – July 2020

Conducting the 3-day seminar in Taipei

Issuing post-event assessment surveys and analyzing results

Seminar materials

Sharing of best practices

August 2020

Conducting 2nd self-funded half-day workshop that will aim to share the draft training package for requesting suggestions and exploring potential opportunities for cooperation 

Draft training package

September 2020

Finalizing the training package

October 2020

Submitting Seminar summary report

Seminar summary report

November – December 2020

Submitting the training package with best practices to relevant working groups and APEC Secretariat for comments and endorsement

Training package with best practices

February 2021

 Submitting APEC Project Completion Report and all supporting documents to the Secretariat for endorsement

APEC Project Completion Report

June 2021

The participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

Risks

Potential Risk

Mitigation Plan

Low engagement from economies in the collection of best practices

The project overseers will:

–  work closely with co-sponsors and economies to receive collect at least 6 best practices

–  collaborate with relevant working groups such as PPWE, SMEWG and ABAC

The number of participants is below the quota target

The project overseers will:

–  announce the information about the subject and background of the workshop, which will raise awareness and interest of new media digital reskilling / upskilling in each economy

–  disseminate workshop and seminar information at meetings of relevant working groups

–  consider having guest speakers from international agencies to widen the range of potential participants

–  issue the invitation in a timely manner

–  promote a balanced representation from of women and men across APEC economies 

Speakers cancel unexpectedly

The project overseers will:

–  work with the speaker to see if there is a way to pre-record some of the content or find out the alternative way to do a live stream before announcing any changes.

–  work with the speaker who canceled to implement post conference content that could be pushed to the participants, which is a win-win for both their brand and for the participants to still feel they received information from an industry leader. 

–  contact several speakers beforehand on their schedules and inform them that we may need them for the workshop

The outputs of this project are not widely applied

The project overseers will plan to make use of existing APEC meetings to promote and disseminate the project.

The contractor does not complete the report on time

The project overseers will select the contractor with the right level of experience and knowledge to complete the report. Ongoing communication and monitoring would be essential to meet the goals of the project.

Repetition of capacity building efforts

The goal of the project is developing the training package to support policymakers revisit new media digital upskilling strategies for establishing the environment to remove barriers that may still be creating digital exclusion for women and vulnerable groups, upgrade existing industries, explore potential employment, and develop mutual curricula/certification based on the collaborative activities. Training private sectors’ women representatives or entrepreneurs will be conceived as one of the most important goals of using the training package with interventions that are needed to bring qualitative changes. For deepening the channels and widening the impact of the project, the project overseers will work with PPWE and other interest working groups, to identify the most appropriate representatives from public and private sectors in each of the economies.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Outputs

Indicators

Seminar

At least 5 travel eligible economies will be involved

3 APEC forum or working groups will be involved

At least 30% of each gender’s participants, speakers and facilitators will attend the seminar

At least 3 best practices reviewed at the seminar

Best practices collection

At least 3 APEC economies engaged

4 to 6 good practices collected

At least 3 current and future issues identified

Seminar summary report

10 to 15 pages will be presented

At least 5 key points of discussion

At least 3 best practices introduced

Training package

15 to 20 pages will be presented

At least 3 units of competency will be suggested  

At least 3 assessment guidelines / policy recommendations

Outcomes

Indicators

Seminar participants’ knowledge 

65% of participants could explain what the elements should be prioritized in developing policies and strategies

60% of participants could describe feasible ways of implementing key messages from the seminar

The training package

More than 200 times downloaded from the APEC Publication Website


Linkages

Engagement: The WEDU project is hyper focused on diversity, inclusion, wellness, and new ways to improve economic growth. The project connecting stakeholders and APEC member economies is holding new opportunities for creating employment and attaining UN SDG 8 on “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” HRDWG-CBN and PPWE Chinese Taipei will work with PPWE, DESG, SMEWG, ABAC and other working groups, as well as high-level meetings such as WEF, HLPD-HRD and AEMM in effort to engage APEC economies and all relevant stakeholders from public and private sectors on developing policy recommendations and strategies of new media in achieving inclusive economic empowerment and cultivating future-focused workforce, especially on the strategic use of new media in advancing women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Important associations, domestic / regional organizations, think tanks and research institutions related to new media, capacity building and digital economy will be engaged in contributing to the project.

Previous work: The project builds on the activities of the projects “APEC Skills Development Capacity Building Alliance (ASD-CBA): Fostering Connected APEC through Upskilling (HRD 01 2017T)” and “Understanding and Bridging the Digital Literacy Gender Gap in APEC Economies (PPWE 03 2019S)” that assisted individuals to reskill and upskill themselves enabling them to achieve sustainability, employability, emotional readiness and success. And the project largely builds on the key action areas of PPWE, such as “Strengthening women´s labor force participation,” “Improving access of women to leadership positions in all levels of decision making,” and “Support women’s educational training and skills development and access in a changing world of work” in the Santiago Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030). However, the project is different from previous projects since it will focus on some challenges such as identifying advanced digital skills that will transform the business model, exploring ways increasing labor force participation of women and socially vulnerable groups, and building multi-stakeholder partnerships based on effective social dialogue to increase the availability of digital skills in new media.

APEC’s comparative advantage: One of the key features of APEC is strong ties between public with private sectors. Furthermore, APEC holds a comparative advantage of its unique focus on capacity building through the sharing of best practices and fostering public-private partnerships. These objectives will be incorporated into the activities throughout the duration of this project. And the project convenes key stakeholders to identify areas where governments, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector could work together to advance understanding, catalyze progress, recognize the opportunities that could be leveraged for collaboration, and set common goals and actions that are meaningful for women in new media.

Sustainability

The participant will have a greater knowledge of the importance of embracing digital skills in the fields of new media. As a result, based on the best practices and the experiences in this project, policy makers would be able to formulate better facilitation programs for women and socially vulnerable groups based on the training package, mutual curricula/certification and collaborative activities. Information gathered at this project and inputs from the experts would be valuable sources for the future research in contributing to further economic empowerment of women in APEC region.

Through Seminar summary report and Training Package, the project would also have potential to develop further research such as the impact of platform economics, as well as various activities to highlight the achievements of brilliant people who have made huge contribution in digital upskilling and share their experiences. Furthermore, with the efforts from a number of organizations with relevance for the key areas of digital skills in new media, human resources development and gender equality, the project would maintain connection, build coordination between all relevant stakeholders to facilitate the regional and cross-border collaboration, and promote effective responses to the many complex challenges in APEC region. And the project overseer will consider the next step in a long-term effort in developing the following actions with member economies and regional campaigns, including reviewing current policies/training programs and developing mutual recognition of qualifications for human resources management.

Project Overseers

The PO will be Mr. Tsai Meng-Liang, the Deputy Director General of Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor. As a senior official with more than two decades of practical experiences in the fields of human resources management and highly effective at incorporating creative leadership skills to achieve objectives, Mr. Tsai is also serving as the HRDWG CBN Coordinator for three consecutive terms, who has successfully implemented several APEC projects.

The main point of contact responsible for this project is Mr. Huang Che-Shang who is well-experienced in human resources development. He currently serves as the APEC HRDWG CBN Coordinator since 2020.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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