Labor market trends, both local and global, have been constantly changing and reshaping employment policies and opportunities for the workforce. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a digital revolution characterized by the use of technologies for communication and economic purposes, jobs are beginning to transform, and new job categories are starting to emerge, posing the risk of job displacement and mismatch.

Exponential growth in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing is notable, giving us a heads up on the future of work.

To prepare the youth in responding to the varying employment trends, the Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Local Employment’s (DOLE-BLE’s) Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) provides responsive labor market information (LMI) to empower students in making informed career decisions. Moreover, guidance counselors, career advocates and training institutions use said LMI in coming up with plans and strategies to further increase the potentials of the current and future members of the labor force.

The National Career Advocacy Congress (NCAC), organized by the DOLE-BLE in cooperation with the CGAP-Working Group member-agencies (i.e. Commission on Higher Education [CHED], Department of Education [DepEd], Department of Science and Technology [DOST], and Professional Regulation Commission [PRC]), is held biennially which serves as an avenue to exchange ideas and good practices when it comes to career guidance.

To be conducted on 24-25 May 2018, the 4th NCAC will be a two (2)-day event focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, specifically on its risks and opportunities, shifts in occupational patterns on different employment levels, transformations in skills requirements, and implications to education/training sector.

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