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MDEC Announces New Digital Programme

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia’s lead digital economy agency, recently announced the Global Online Workforce (GLOW) Aspirasi programme for 2022, an initiative to continue supporting Malaysians to become competitive digital freelancers on a global platform.

GLOW Aspirasi is a distinct programme that echoes GLOW, the main programme that was developed and implemented in 2016, and focuses on providing intensive training and mentoring sessions conducted solely by MDEC to ensure its quality and effectiveness.

Slated to run between May and September 2022, the programme is set to train, coach and mentor 4,000 Malaysians into becoming digital freelancers. It aims to assist at least 75 percent of the digital freelancers trained to generate income.

The programme’s target demographic is unemployed graduates and will focus on those who hold diplomas or bachelor’s degrees in Information Technology (IT), Computer Science, Multimedia, Business, Marketing, Hospitality and Linguistic.

MDEC will also prioritise employees from the tourism and hospitality, media creative, and education sectors who were affected by the extremities of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly retrenched workers as well as those who experienced salary reduction of more than 30%.

Under the programme, participants will be gain exposure and guidance to identify the potential online platforms that they can leverage their skills on as well as the training needed to enhance their skills. Participants will also be introduced to five pivotal clustered-topic such as websites, IT and software; content writing; design, media and architecture; data entry and virtual office admin; and sales and marketing.

The sessions will be led by GLOW trainers who are experienced freelancers with commendable track records and will also provide free-of-charge virtual mentoring up to the point where participants have successfully garnered projects on platforms recognised by MDEC.

GLOW Aspirasi will be driven by digital platforms that complement the demand of the current economic landscape and intends to match the supply to those demands and promote access for Malaysians who want to participate in the sharing economy, the CEO of MDEC said.

He added that the aim is to utilise and unlatch the idle asset in the Malaysian economy and seize the opportunity to improve the household income, and that can be done through enhancing skills and improving the employability of the gig workers.

MDEC collaborates with a host of international and local platform partners to provide assurance for the freelancers to bid for jobs and projects in a safe and secure digital environment. The GLOW programme was first introduced in 2016 to empower local talent through reskilling and upskilling courses and help online freelancing to be recognised as a lucrative career opportunity that can provide a sustainable income source. Since it was introduced, GLOW has managed to train 73,198 individuals who managed to generate income of more than RM240 million combined.

According to the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister of Malaysia, the digital economy is expected to contribute 22.6% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and create over 500,000 jobs by 2025. The Minister noted that Malaysia has placed priorities on expanding the adoption of digital consumer tools (e-commerce and digital payments); attracting, training, and retaining digital talent; fostering digital entrepreneurial ventures; providing fast fibre optics and mobile broadband Internet access; as well as coordinating innovation between universities, businesses and digital authorities.

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