PLDT, Inc. said it has entered into a partnership with professional network LinkedIn to help engage and retain premium talent.

According to the partnership agreement, PLDT will be tapping LinkedIn solutions that give its employees access to over 20,000 courses on the professional network’s platform.

“LinkedIn will be in step with us on market intelligence, talent engagement and learning, to help achieve our aspiration of becoming the best workplace,” said Gina P. Ordoñez, PLDT’s chief people officer.

Aside from the online courses, the partnership will also allow employees of PLDT and wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. to access LinkedIn’s Glint platform and LinkedIn Talent Insight system.

Glint is LinkedIn’s people success platform that leverages real-time data to help organizations increase employee engagement, while its Talent Insight system allows organizations to recruit and manage talent more strategically.

Atul Harkisanka, head of emerging markets for the Philippines at LinkedIn, said the company’s research shows that one of the top priorities for professionals when choosing or staying at a job is having adequate learning and development opportunities.

“By investing in all aspects of managing the employee experience, the PLDT Group shows that they are serious about building a people-centric culture, as well as an agile and resilient workforce,” he said.

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