Talent Academy For Digital Skilling Launched In Penang

With the proliferation of next-generation technologies and the acceleration of digitalisation agenda, nurturing a future-proof and digitally-skilled workforce is imperative for sustained growth. Understanding this, Penang GBS Industry Academy (PGIA), a joint effort among InvestPenang, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) with other parties has launched the Penang GBS Industry Academy.

PGIA aims to pool resources from the private sector, government entities, and academia to bridge the talent supply and demand gap as well as to become a launchpad course to enhance the readiness and competency of the talent. The academy will focus on courses and skillsets related to digital economy and targeted at fresh graduates, job seekers, working professionals, academics, and business owners. These include introductory of GBS programs, technical or specialised skillsets as well as management and soft skills to build their capabilities.

Commenting on the launch, s. Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of MDEC, said, “To ensure a sustainable approach as we accelerate the growth of our digital economy, in this case, the growth of the GBS industry, we need to ensure that we address both the supply and demand quotients in the equation.”

InvestPenang, is tasked to oversee the operations of PGIA. “The demand for the right talent continues to upsurge as our nation transitions towards a higher value-added economy. The launch of PGIA is among the state’s many efforts to meet the increased demands for high quality talent in the digital economy sector. I believe that this academy will take the lead to enact a greater focus and create powerful synergies between the public and private sectors, for the benefit of the people,” said Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon, Special Investment Advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang.

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