ACCA to Create Ready Pool of GBS Talents with i2M Ventures

(photo) i2M Ventures Managing Director, Zulfiqar Zainuddin (left) and ACCA Director of Strategic Partnership, Stephen Shields (right) ‘take one for the album’ after the signing of Strategic Partnership Agreement between ACCA and i2M Ventures witnessed by ADUN Negeri Johor Nusajaya N49, YB Dr Hj Zaini Hj Abu Bakar (middle).

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and 12M Ventures signs a strategic partnership agreement to officially seal a collaboration to create a ready pool of GBS-skilled talents equipped with Global Business Services (GBS) Qualifications and expertise.

The initiative involves final year students in institutions of higher learning and it aims to promote Iskandar Puteri as a GBS hub. The partnership will also see up to 300 ACCA GBS Diploma sponsorships by i2M Ventures, in order to nurture talents in support of the growing GBS investment in Iskandar Puteri.

“ACCA has long supported the GBS, shared services and outsourcing sectors through extensive research and insight programmes. Building on this knowledge, our GBS qualifications have been specifically tailored for the GBS sector and the first dedicated to finance and accounting. They are designed to help your employees develop their technical skills, industry knowledge, business acumen and analytical capabilities as well as to support the GBS sector’s need for suitable talents, pipeline and upskilling of existing talents,” states Stephen Shields, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ACCA.

Additionally, the GBS sector in Malaysia is expected to grow between 10% and 15% over the next three years, with more companies strive to run their businesses more efficiently.

“With the GBS ISKANDAR initiative well positioned to attract more investors into Iskandar Puteri, it is timely for us to embark on a strategic partnership to develop the talent eco-system in Johor, particularly for GBS activities,” says Zulfiqar Zainuddin, Managing Director of i2M Ventures.


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