Saturday, March 16, 2024

KodeGo bridges digital skills gap among Filipinos, prepares future-proof workforce

       71% of Filipino employees[1] consider digital skills as a must-have to become competitive in the increasingly digital landscape;

       This highlights the importance of digital upskilling programs are easily available and accessible for all employees;

       As one of the largest venture builders in Southeast Asia, 917Ventures recognizes this imperative, which led them to create KodeGo to help upskill Filipinos

The Philippines is on track towards becoming a US$35 billion economy by 2025.[2] But even with the promising outlook, the country’s workforce remains challenged by a digital skills gap that hampers its transformation into a truly digital nation.

According to the 2023 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), the Philippines ranked 59th out of 64 countries in overall digital competitiveness[2], showing low rankings on knowledge and talent (63rd), technology (51st), and future readiness (59th). This underscores an urgent need to prioritize digital skills development to ensure the country's digital competitiveness and sustainable growth.

“In an era defined by digitalization, the importance of digital skills across industries has become undeniable. KodeGo was developed to create more accessible and affordable opportunities for Filipinos to upskill themselves and strengthen their employability with advanced to intermediate digital skills,” said Ina Gervasio, KodeGo Chief Executive Officer.

Launched in 2020, KodeGo is a study now, pay later edutech platform that provides accessible, comprehensive digital skills training programs, including the following:

       Full-stack web development

       Virtual Assistance

       Virtual Bookkeeping

       Basic transcription

“As the Philippine tech industry gears up to expand to 2.5 million full-time employees and generate US$59 billion in revenues by 2028.[3] It's crucial to ensure our courses align with industry standards. Our mission at KodeGo goes beyond imparting new skills; we're committed to ensuring our students are not just equipped for the job market but are also highly employable,” Gervasio said.

In line with this, KodeGo introduced a flexible payment scheme that includes a study-now-pay-later format while providing end-to-end career assistance and support for its students post-training. Each curriculum takes between two and 22 weeks to complete.

To date, the platform has over 2,000 graduates, many of whom achieved meaningful employment opportunities with industry heavyweights including GCash and Accenture.

Kwentong KodeGo (KodeGo Stories)

At the forefront of KodeGo's mission is the commitment to empower women and break barriers in the tech industry. To date, out of the almost 2,000 KodeGo graduates, 20% are women looking to learn and make a name for themselves in the tech industry, a number that is constantly growing.

Among Filipinas who took KodeGo’s courses is Lorie Pascual, a former music teacher whose career ground to a halt during the pandemic. While considering what to do to continue providing for her family, one of her churchmates encouraged her to join KodeGo’s full-stack web development boot camp.

“I thought I should try studying a tech course since I had a laptop and internet, I had enough to start with what I had, so I enrolled in KodeGo,” Lorie said.

After 12 weeks of full-time classes, Lorie completed the course and is now a web developer at Aemorph, an internet marketing service company based in Singapore.

Another successful KodeGo graduate is Lorraine Ostan, who had to drop out of her first year in college due to financial difficulties after her father lost his job as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in the United Arab Emirates.

She decided that she needed to find a job to help her family and raise her young child, which led her to take KodeGo’s full-stack web development program. Two weeks after completing the course, she landed a job in a Japanese offshore company as a web designer and eventually moved on as a software engineer.

“Stories like Lorie’s and Lorraine’s are why we are deeply passionate about what we do. Their journeys highlight the power of education and the opportunities that arise when individuals are equipped with the right skills and support,” Gervasio said.

How to enroll at KodeGo

Those interested in enrolling at KodeGo should go visit, apply on the website, and take a short assessment test.

Upon successful application, students will receive their KodeGo contracts and an invitation to an onboarding session to familiarize themselves with the curriculum and how to use the KodeGo platform. All that’s left to do is complete the training.

Learn more about KodeGo and its courses by visiting 

About KodeGo

KodeGo is an edutech platform launched under the 917Ventures portfolio of companies that aims to bridge the digital skills gap of Filipinos. Through their diverse roster of digital courses–from full-stack web development to virtual assistance, to bookkeeping, and transcribing–they hope to arm students with technical skills that will make them job-ready and able to build successful careers as digital professionals.

About 917Ventures

917Ventures is the largest corporate venture builder in the Philippines and the innovation arm of Globe Telecom. 917Ventures seeks to solve the pain points of consumers and businesses through digital solutions and build a digital nation that is loved and admired through its digital solutions & ventures. It is home to the most successful digital pioneers that have paved the way and delivered indelible value to the Philippines and the Asia Pacific.

To learn more about 917Ventures, visit

[1]  Bridging the skills gap: Fuelling careers and the economy in the. (2023, September 27). Economist Impact - Perspectives.

[2] Google, Temasek, & Bain & Co. (2023). e-Conomy SEA Report 2023. Google.

[3] Madureira, O. (2023, December 1). World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2023 - IMD business school for management and leadership courses. IMD Business School for Management and Leadership Courses.

[4] IT-BPM sector eyes $59-B revenue, 2.5M workforce in 2028. (2022, September 28). Philippine News Agency.

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