HRD Corp And Microsoft Aligns Program For 300,000 Professionals Needed For Digital Economy

Malaysia is kicking-off to a good start in its digitalisation vision, with the launch of MyDigital blueprint and the signing of Microsoft as partner in this long term initiative, the puzzles are being put in place for what could be potentially be an interesting adventure for the nation. As the worlds largest software company embarks on a RM4 billion investment the news of a new regional data centre being built in the country is another welcome news.

But things even better, where it is reported that 300,000 professionals are needed for the digital economy and Microsoft isn’t looking outside the country for the talent, in fact the Redmond tech giant will be collaborating with Human Resource Ministry to train locals for the job.

Together with Human Resource Development Corporation (formerly HRDF), Microsoft will work in driving the training and development efforts of these professionals in the next three years to support its establishment of the first regional data centre in the country. Signing of the MOU under the Bersama Malaysia initiative, this is part of the investment where Microsoft is to deliver for the Malaysian Government secure cloud services with world-class data security, privacy around the region as well as the ability to store data in-country.

Under the program, Microsoft will be sharing its digital skilling content and certification with HRD Corp. These will include courses and content relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and digital-business. HRD Corp will then focus on developing and facilitating training programmes, as well as identifying, attracting and securing the right trainees. This could potentially lead to opportunities for joint certification programmes in the long term.

According to Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M Saravanan, the public-private partnership will feature Microsoft, MAMPU, HRD Corp and local private sector players like Petronas, Celcom and Grab. This will also give great opportunity for Malaysians to embrace new skills development opportunities that will make them more employable and valuable.

Following the completion of their training programmes, the 300,000 trainees will be able to secure employment and placement opportunities through HRD Corp’s Placement Centre (HPC). These will include opportunities to work in Microsoft offices around the world.

According to IDC’s research, Microsoft’s investment in Malaysia will help generate up to USD 4.6 billion (RM19 billion) in new revenues for the country’s ecosystem of local partners and cloud-consuming customers over the next four years.

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