#TECH: New initiative to support digital upskilling for workforce

07 August 2020 #TECH: New initiative to support digital upskilling for workforce
KUALA LUMPUR: As we enter the second half of the third phase of Movement Control Order (MCO), more people have started thinking about realigning to the requirements of new normal.

Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation said, as part of efforts under the #DigitalVsCovid movement, MDEC’s Digital Talent Development team is ramping up its recently-minted initiative called #mydigitalworkforce.

According to Surina, the initiative will encompass a series of activities which had kicked off at the start of the year and are currently being expanded in view with the current MCO.


Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is partnering with five universities and seven corporates to offer a total of 30 scholarships for Malaysians to pursue Masters in Artificial Intelligence (research).

Partnering universities include Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, and Multimedia University.

More information about the scholarships can be found at: https://mdec.my/myindustry-ai-scholarship/.


MDEC is partnering with a wide range of partners to offer online learning courses which are being offered either free or at a much discounted prices.

This initiative offers both those with technical as well as non-technical backgrounds, an opportunity to upskill online.

For cybersecurity there are courses offered by CompTIA IT Fundamentals, ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and EC-Council.

Companies such as Unity Learn, Epic Games, Khan Academy and School of Motion are offering online training in creative content while courses for software development can be attained by General Assembly, Forward School and Next Academy.


In addition to courses currently offered in cybersecurity, content creation, data and software development, to help Malaysians select training programmes that best suit needs and interests, MDEC is setting up the NDSR (National Digital Skills Register).

The NDSR will work with Digital Expert Panel comprised of industry practitioners to review and validate training programmes on the areas mentioned above, which will later be catalogued on MDEC’s website by middle of the year.

MDEC will be announcing this and other #mydigitalworkforce initiatives as they become available.

Based on Linkedin Emerging Jobs in Malaysia Report 2020 on the global demand for digital content, there’ll be a spike in the demand for a digital-ready workforce amidst Covid-19 pandemic and the NDSR will provide much-needed guidance to the Malaysian current and emerging workforce.

All e-learning content under MDEC’s #DigitalVsCovid movement can be accessed at https://mdec.my/digitalvscovid/

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Source: NST