APEX Global runs 1st Joint Knowledge Forum with SHRM on The Future of Learning & HR


APEX Global, the learning solutions arm of ECC International has recently partnered with SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) from USA to bring professional development solutions for HR practitioners in the Philippines. Together with SHRM, APEX Global jointly run the 1st Knowledge Forum focused on whats in store for global corporations – both big and small and how HR will play a crucial role in shaping this future.

This forum was held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Makati City this 10th April 2014, and was well attended by senior HR executives from banking, financial services, manufacturing, Outsourcing / BPO, government agencies and IT companies. The group had several meaningful exchanges and a lively discussion in the field they get to oversee – HR & Learning.

Some of the key highlights / strategies for the future shared from the presentation included

1. Grow from Within – Need for organisations to focus internally for future leaders rather than outside

2. Business Partner Approach – Shifting towards the setup of ‘HR business partner’ model rather than viewing HR as a support department

3. (Re)Building Employer Brand – Creating new strategies to retain performers and reduce recruitment related costs

Keeping the extensive interest among the participants, SHRM’s professional certification programs will be launched in the Philippines starting May 2014.
          HRMP (HR Management Professional) – May 26-28 2014

For more information about the courses, pre-requisites and the value of the professional certification, please email us at training@eccigroup.com to contact you with details.

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APEX Global launches its 2012 Public Training Calendar

Expect more REAL learning experiences from APEX Global with its roster of training offerings for 2012. With its aim to promote performance excellence among professionals, APEX Global further expands it course offerings adding fourteen new programs in partnership with various accreditation and learning organizations.

APEX Global is the first in the Philippines to offer Certified SOA Architect where IT professionals can learn the fundamentals of SOA and gain a solid understanding of the service-orientation design, eventually leading to being a Certified SOA Architect.

Certified Scrum Master, accredited by the Scrum Alliance is also one of the latest training for IT and Business Process Excellence. Scrum is the leading agile development methodology, used by Fortune 500 companies around the world. It was originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work.

Furthermore, Software Quality Management Professional (SQM), Software Testing Professional – QTP and Load Runner, and the Fagan Inspection Method are also among the new programs being offered for software testing and quality excellence.

Under its BEX Behavioral Excellence umbrella, human resources practitioners will greatly benefit from the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

And with the increasing awareness and promotion of corporate social responsibility, APEX Global introduces Carbon Footprint and Reaping Returns: Measure Success of CSR & Sustainability Initiatives. Very soon, a graduate certificate program on sustainable business will be launched in partnership with one of the leading universities in Australia.

For more information and complete listing of classes and schedule, please contact APEX Global at +6324038668 or send an email to info@eccigroup.com.

Top 10 Reasons for Learning Outsourcing

With the corporate world slowly coming out of recession, there has been an increase in the investment on trainings and people development.  However, we also see a difference in the attitude of Training Managers and HR Executives. Rather than managing organizational development internally, there has been a shift in approach towards outsourcing learning initiatives.

 Let us look at the Top 10 reasons for Learning Outsourcing from Mr. Doug Haward (internationally recognized as one of the leading strategists for training and outsourcing business models):

 10. Leveraging Technology Costs – Investments in a LMS/LCMS is one of the 1st expenditures undertaken by organizations instead of building their own.

9.  Training is Not Core to the Business – For many companies, training is a necessity. But the development, management and delivery of training is a distraction. For companies that manage training everyday, it IS core to their business.

8. Revenue Generation –More and more companies are now recognizing that training is a source of revenue, and they have intellectual property that is valued in the market. So they use another company that knows how to market, sell and deliver training to a mass or targeted audience to create new revenues streams.  Case in Point – Microsoft, Cisco, and RedHat

 7. Mitigate Risk – Training helps prevent failures.  If we don’t provide the training our employees or customers need, and when they need it, we’re vulnerable to being sued if an injury or catastrophic failure occurs. So training reduces our risk.

6. Improving Scalability of Resources – People of various levels of skills and talent are required for managing a training successfully. Full-time internal staffs are a fixed resource. But training is a variable activity. Using an external supplier allows you to flex the number of resources to deliver the training you need – when you need them. It allows your company to scale up and down based on the demand of training you need.

5. Leveraging Channel Relationships – Partnering with a firm which specializes in training and has access to a large number of professionals for a particular sector, to market and deliver your trainings is a good idea.

4. Speed to Market – Using a training outsourcing company may allow you to get your product into a lot of customers’ hands much faster, without scaling up internal resources.

3. Geographic Reach – When a firm expands to new geographies it makes sense for them to outsource training to a company who have resources in Country and who understood the local culture.

2. Access to Talent – No company has all the knowledge they need internally to be successful. Sometimes it’s necessary to hire an expert to teach internal employees how to do something that is new to their company. Hiring an outside consultant to deliver a training course is considered outsourcing.

1. Cost Reduction – The number 1 reason why companies outsource training is to save money. It’s the bottom line. It’s the common denominator and culminating reason for all the other reasons mentioned above. We should never forget that how you manage training is always about how we manage costs.



APEX Global successfully holds 3 public trainings on week of May 30 – June 3

Last week, APEX Global successfully conducted 3 trainings at the New World Hotel, Makati City. Forty-five professionals and executives from various firms attended the Business Continuity Management Practitioner, Sustainability Reporting Practitioner and Combined Lead Auditor trainings.

On May 30-31, the Business Continuity Management Practitioner training was held to help professionals learn the best practices of BCM implementation using the BS 25999 standard. Business Continuity is a key factor for an organization to maintain its critical operations during and following a disruption and the speed at which it is able to re-establish its full functionality. RCBC, Smart Communications, Allied Bank and Jollibee Foods Corporation are some of the companies who sent representatives to learn from this course.

Simultaneously, the Sustainability Reporting Practitioner workshop was conducted focusing on the principles and best practices of structuring, designing and developing a successful corporate sustainability report. Tips from GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) G3 Guidelines, AA1000 (AccountAbility and ISO 26000 (Guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility) were shared to participants from Ayala Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Globe Telecom.

The Combined Lead Auditor Training was also conducted from May 30 to June 3. The training course is the first of its kind in the Philippines combining ISO 27001 (Information Security Management System) and ISO 9000 (Quality Management System).  Whereas conventional training programs would require 10 days for the two standards, the duration of APEX Global’s delivered the program in only 5 days. Participants come from companies such as UnionBank, BlastAsia, Toshiba Information Equipment, SPI CRM, Zuellig Pharma, HP and Fujitsu.


APEX Global Public Training Calendar


APEX Global carries out PCI DSS v2.0 Training

APEX Global successfully conducted the course on Effective Data Security Measures on Payment Cards through PCI DSS.  Executives from Bank of the Philippine Islands, Accenture and Landbank of the Philippines attended the training which provided awareness on the fundamentals and concepts of PCI DSS.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is mandatory for any organization that handles payment card data. This standard provides a pragmatic framework for building a robust payment card data security process. Recently, the PCI Security Standards Council upgraded and published v. 2.0 of the standard.

The APEX Global course not only provided a discussion on the requirements for compliance to PCI DSS, but also touched on the key changes between v. 1.2 and v. 2.0. Ma. Hazel Santos, Bank Executive Officer of Landbank said that the training should be taken by their co-employees.

APEX Global is the training provider of choice in Southeast Asia. The next training course is on ITIL® (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) v3 Foundation from May 18-20, 2011 at New World Hotel, Makati. For more information, please call +632 403 8668 or email training@eccigroup.com.