Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has received recognition for its contribution towards enhancing talent development among youths in Malaysia.
Reently, TCS Malaysia was awarded the ‘Partnership for the Goals Recognition’ at the Sustainability Performance Awards 2022 organised by UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB) here.
The awards programme – based on the UNGC’s 10 SDG Ambition Benchmarks that highlights 10 actions businesses can take to improve sustainability, recognises the continuous efforts of organisations in making sustainability an integral part of their business strategies, while seeking to inspire similar implementation by other organisations.
In particular, the ‘Partnership for the Goals Recognition’ category relates to UN SDG 17, which calls on organisations to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global
partnership for sustainable development”.
TCS Malaysia won the award on the back of its flagship Initial Learning Programme (ILP), which aims to provide training and job opportunities for the technology sector in the country.
Launched in 2020 in partnership with 19 leading universities, the ILP aligns to the Malaysian Government’s IR4.0 ambition, which targets growth in its digital economy and the creation of high-quality career opportunities for its workforce. Participants in the ILP initiative are trained in areas such as cybersecurity, data science, blockchain, and AI machine learning, as well as problem solving, creativity and communication skills.
To date, TCS Malaysia has trained fresh graduates across seven cohorts of the ILP with 160 trainees later offered permanent positions in the company. TCS Malaysia aims to offer job placements for 500 graduates by 2024.
“We are greatly honoured to receive this recognition from UNGCMYB. At TCS, we believe in optimising our strengths and resources to enhance access to quality career opportunities among young people. Through our Initial Learning Programme, we have collaborated with government agencies, government-linked companies and private corporations to fill the digital skills gap and create well-paying jobs in the technology sector for Malaysian youths, supported by TCS’ global experience and knowledge,” Jeevan Rajoo, Country Head, TCS Malaysia said.
“With the right partnerships, each entity can contribute complementary capacity to drive benefits that are greater than the sum of our parts. This recognition from UNGCMYB could not have been achieved without the contribution of our closest partners, particularly PETRONAS in the PETRONAS BeDigital Bootcamp this year,” he added.
“PETRONAS has had the opportunity to collaborate with TCS Malaysia in various capacities. Our ongoing partnerships to empower youths has been a key area where we can synergise our strengths to offer young people a brighter future, in line with PETRONAS’ purpose to enrich lives for a sustainable future. I congratulate TCS Malaysia on this recognition from UNGCMYB. This will undoubtedly create further momentum for our joint efforts in the coming months and years,” Datuk Bacho Pilong, Senior Vice President of Project Delivery & Technology, PETRONAS, said.
In 2022, TCS Malaysia collaborated with ecosystem partner PETRONAS to expand the impact of the ILP, rolling out the BeDigital Bootcamp, which aimed to strengthen digital literacy and professional skills to enhance employability among young graduates.
The first initiative of its kind launched in East Malaysia, the two-week training programme welcomed its inaugural cohort in March this year, involving 18 final-year students from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) while the second cohort in August 2022 involved 50 students from UMS, UiTM Sabah and University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF). The modules were conducted by trainers from PETRONAS, Petrosains, TCS, Microsoft, SEEd.Lab and others. From the programme, TCS Malaysia offered jobs to six participants from the first cohort and 10 participants in the second cohort.
“We are pleased to recognise the valuable work that TCS Malaysia is doing. In the fast-evolving technology sector, youths pursuing digital careers can benefit immensely from upskilling opportunities offered by industry-leading companies – and partnerships between these companies to offer such opportunities can further intensify the positive impact that can be generated. I commend TCS Malaysia on their achievements and look forward to seeing new initiatives from their dynamic team,” commented Faroze Nadar, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei.