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As the digital era continues to expand its influence into day-to-day operations in businesses, demand for a digital savvy workforce continues to rapidly grow and evolve. There is now a need for talents who are keen on understanding and engaging technological disruptions. This trend is prevalent worldwide and, more so, very apparent for Malaysia. To address this explosive need, IBM Malaysia developed a new talent enhancement initiative – the IBMxBlue Apprenticeship. 

This all-new two-year long programme, developed in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), focuses on two pillars: internship and bootcamp. Targeting 200 students in public and private universities, it is designed to help them learn and engage with emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, blockchain, Cloud, and Cognitive Computing.

Mohamad Helmi Harith, Leader, IBM Client Innovation Centre, IBM Malaysia, said at the launch: “This new programme will expose students to various workplace cultures. Ultimately, they be updated with all the insights on the latest work process knowhows and are able to further improve their work efficiencies.”

The Bootcamp portion of the Apprenticeship will feature four learning modules that will be taught to 25 participants over 1.5 days. The training will take place every quarter and each session will have an evaluation that includes an exam for participants and feedback session.

As for the internship portion, it will be a three-month attachment programme with IBM.

In many ways, this apprenticeship from IBM complements and expands MDEC’s ongoing efforts to nurture talents who will eventually join the next-gen workforce.

“We laud IBM for the launch of its new talent enhancement platform. In our constant pursuit of raising the game for Malaysian tech talents, we are always on the lookout for new initiatives that can upskill or reskill digital talents. Certainly, we encourage other companies who want to invest in talent development to come forward and share with us their ideas. After all, these programmes both echo and amplify all other MDEC talent development initiatives and tap onto one of Malaysia’s greatest resources – talent with latent digital leanings,” added Hew Wee Choong, Vice President, Investment & Industry Development, MDEC.

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