High tech skills are in high demand in Malaysia, in line with forecasts by government agencies such as the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Earlier this year, the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) wTata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, is expanding its jobs creation programme in the technology sector – driving growth in the digital economy and supporting efforts by the Ministry of Human Resources.
TCS Malaysia’s career and graduate training opportunities will be cross-listed in the Human Resources Development Fund Placement Centre (HPC) launched by the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), a one-stop portal that matches employers from a wide range of industries and sectors to the right candidates. The HPC aims to fill immediate vacancies, offer training and development opportunities, besides addressing the talent skill gap as well as connecting workers with an expansive list of coaches and trainers for career counselling and advice.
Currently, TCS has listed close to 400 high-skilled jobs in the HPC, including business analysts, cybersecurity specialists, cloud engineers, enterprise architects, full stack developers and UI/UX designers. Additionally, TCS is offering its globally successful Initial Learning Programme (ILP) – a two-month learning and hands-on training programme for fresh graduates that plugs the skills gap – to new recruits. ILP focuses on developing technology skills such as coding, data analytics and software or application development, as well as soft skills such as problem solving, creativity and communication skills.
Since the ILP’s launch in 2020, TCS Malaysia has successfully hired 100 fresh graduates during the pandemic across four intakes, and placed them in projects within the company. Another 50 positions for fresh graduates will be offered in the upcoming ILP intake for August 2021.
“We are working closely with Malaysian government agencies to create more digital jobs for Malaysia. TCS is supporting national efforts to fill the digital skills gap and create well-paying jobs in the technology sector for Malaysian youths. Working with HPC on this initiative, we plan to drive digital sustainability across the as launched – outlining aims to enhance digitalisation, improve digital infrastructure and build a more trusted and secure digital environment, in addition to targeting the development of 20,000 cybersecurity knowledge workers and 30,000 data professionals by 2025.
“At MDEC, we believe that Malaysia’s digital future lies in the hands of her people, so it is crucial for everyone to contribute their knowledge and skills to develop the digital economy – to drive equitable shared prosperity for all Malaysians though high-quality jobs. With their global experience and knowhow, TCS is well-placed to help advance the digital economy in line with the key drivers we have identified – empowering Malaysians with digital skills, enabling digitally-powered businesses and driving digital sector investments.
The economy in Malaysia is still at a recovery stage, so any expansion of opportunities for Malaysians to upskill and retrain will certainly help,” commented Datuk Wira Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation.
The unemployment rate in April 2021 was recorded at 4.6% or 742,700 people, compared to January 2020’s rate of 3.2% or 511,700 people, while the youth unemployment rate (aged 15 to 24 years) was at 13.7% in April 2021.