MDEC’s Talent Enhancement Programmes Complements National Agenda to Boost Human Capital Development and Address Talent Gap

Programmes and initiatives also aimed at upskilling skills of IHL students and working professionals.

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 February 2015 – In the move to support Government efforts in transforming the national education agenda, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC) scored another round of success in its ICT-focused talent enhancement programmes.

The completion of the programmes for 2014 was marked with the hosting of an awards ceremony, “Talent Partners Appreciation and Networking Event 2015”, which was held earlier this week. The event was organised by MDEC’s Talent Division, which oversees the Knowledge Workers Development Centre in Cyberjaya and undertakes various programmes and initiatives to enhance the skills, knowledge and experience of undergraduates, fresh graduates, newly employed graduates, working professionals besides generating interest among students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The awards were divided according to the types of programmes completed in 2014: Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC), EPP3-Talent Development for Data Centre (EPP3-TDDC), Job Camp, Ministry of Human Resource-Industry Lead Body (MOHR-ILB), Job Camp-Graduate Employability Management Scheme (JC-GEMS), Undergraduate & Apprenticeship Development Programme-Structured Internship Programme (UGRAD-SIP), UniAlliance and MyProCert (SRI).

Ms. Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer said, “MDEC has continuously nurtured knowledge workers via the collective efforts undertaken with private sectors in Malaysia, to ensure the consistent and sustainable supply of skilled workforce and also help address the talent skills gap in the local ICT sector. MDEC’s training initiatives continues to play a crucial part in the effort to boost the workforce skills in the ICT industry, as we head towards a high income knowledge-based digital economy,” added Wan Peng.

“Moving forward, we will focus more towards critical areas such as Big Data Analytics (BDA), catalyzing the growth of the creative content industry, expanding Global Business Services and Internet of Things, among others” she continued.

From 2011 to 2014, a total of 38,377 students (comprising undergraduates, graduates and unemployed graduates), as well as 12,363 working professionals have been trained and benefitted from the various skills development and enhancement programmes initiated and undertaken by MDEC’s Talent Division. These programmes have also included the participation of over 1,200 companies and 40 IHLs.