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MDEC Launches Third Instalment of Let’s Learn Digital

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (K-KOMM), recently announced the third instalment of the Let’s Learn Digital (LLD), an upskilling programme covering a wide array of digital tech courses.

Launched under MDEC’s #mydigitalworkforce initiative in 2020, this year’s programme will provide opportunities for the Malaysian workforce to upskill themselves through digital tech courses in areas such as data science, cybersecurity, animation, game development, digital global business services, financial technology (FinTech), digital marketing, cloud and many more.

For the third instalment, MDEC is collaborating with four tech giants and training providers under its Digital Skills Training Directory to make available a host of free-of-charge courses. Registration for courses began on 1 July 2022 and will continue until 30 September 2022. Registered participants can opt to undergo training that has been scheduled during the period between 1 July 2022 and 31 December 2022.

The CEO of MDEC stated that the agency MDEC will continue to work hard to ensure the pipeline for a digitally-skilled and capable workforce goes unhindered. He noted that a dynamic digital ecosystem requires equally productive digital talents to be developed coherently as they believe a good digital talent pool is as vital as advanced machinery. Locally, we have seen many digital jobs have been vacant, or being filled by expatriates, owing to the gap in the digital skills of Malaysians.

With a programme like LLD, the creation of the talent pool through collaboration with industry partners who will provide insights on the current skills and job demand as well as expertise can be stepped up. Among the courses being offered include Blueprint Digital Marketing Associate Certification by two of the world’s leading technology companies.

Meanwhile, the Skill Builder programme by another tech giant will allow participants to turn a huge amount of complex data into knowledge by applying the most advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management and AI solutions.

With the fourth industry partner, participants could enhance their knowledge of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with expert-led digital training and build cloud proficiency on OCI.

With the inclusion of training providers from the Digital Skills Training Directory, various digital courses are also being offered, particularly on the subject of data science, cybersecurity, software development, animation, game development, financial technology (FinTech) and digital global business services. Training can also include Scrum, Tableau, SAP and Robotic Process Automation (RPA), among others.

About the #mydigitalworkforce initiative

In 2021, MDEC launched the #mydigitalworkforce initiative which is aimed at incentivising employers to hire unemployed Malaysians via digital re-skilling or upskilling. The initiative also aims to meet the strong demand for digital business services jobs, and higher-value digital tech jobs.

Roles and responsibilities

MDEC will:

  • Assess application including Due Diligence, Job roles, etc.
  • Provide the following incentives:
    • Salary Incentive: 40% monthly salary (capped at RM2,600). Salary range: Minimum RM2,000 ii.
    • Training incentive:
      • RM5,000 for in-house
      • RM8,000 for 3rd party training

Meanwhile, MDEC’s industry partners will:

  • Hire unemployed Malaysians (including fresh graduates)/ retrenched employees for:
    • Any Digital Tech roles in any industry or
    • Digital Business Services roles in any industry
  • Provide training to the employees hired under this programme
  • Submit a claim for salary & training within 6 months from the commencement date of the Partnership agreement, and,
  • Bear remaining cost of the salary (minimum 60%) and training cost not covered by the MYWiT incentive
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