Firm’s employability efforts recognised

(From left) Nur Balkis handing Nisyhaal Tamil his appointment letter in the presence of Ismail Sabri (second from left) and Noraini.

ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) company Skymind Holdings Bhd gained recognition from Higher Education Ministry for its efforts towards improving employability among graduates in its GetHired@KPT Programme at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Among those in attendance were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad.

The GetHired@KPT Programme under Higher Education Ministry (KPT) was part of the 100-day Malaysian Family Aspiration programme towards decreasing unemployment in the country.

To date, the unemployment rate is at 4.3%.

Skymind was one of top six companies out of 20 to receive the honour, especially for its innovative approach to talent development.

By leveraging on artificial intelligence, Skymind has ensured its graduates are given a future-proof career pathway, specifically in high-tech innovative AI companies and projects.

Over 452 graduates have already benefitted from the GetHired @KPT Programme and Skymind has hired 18 as certified AI engineers.

The young aspirants have been involved in various projects such as an intelligent digital health platform, AI-based visual inspection for defect detection, and end-to-end AI development platform.

Most of this success stems from Skymind Education Group (SEG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Skymind Holdings.

SEG aims to upskill the talent in the country by narrowing any existing skill and knowledge gaps to prepare them for highly specialised AI jobs in the marketplace.

It also aims to reskill working professionals to ensure that they are capable of meeting employers’ demands in their respective fields, and to strengthen the credentials of young graduates and working professionals so that their skill sets are continuously up to date.

As an AI ecosystem builder, Skymind has kicked off several key initiatives to prepare more AI-ready graduates in Malaysia.

These include extensive collaborations with learning institutions to customise its AI curriculum and working with industry partners to conduct professional certification and employability programmes that ultimately work towards building a healthy pool of AI talents.

“The programmes we offer right now are for those aspiring to join the AI workforce, or for current AI professionals who are looking to reskill or upskill themselves,” said Skymind’s head of tertiary and education in talent development, Nur Balkis Amairuddin.

“We aim to prepare AI-ready talents that are able to support the industry demands of IR4.0 and strengthen Malaysia’s AI ecosystem and ensure competitive advantages in creating lasting economic impact,” said Nur Balkis, adding that there was a really steep learning curve at Skymind and trainees learn through exposure to many different projects and being mentored by experts.

Since its inception in 2020, SEG has gone on to solidify its base across the region.

Over 400,000 participants have benefitted via various engagements on-ground and in the digital space, by outreach, seminars and workshops.

Of those participants, more than 200 have been hired by Skymind.

“We are determined to build an ecosystem, capable of building a viable talent pool and pipeline from Malaysia to feed the AI world’s hunger for talent.

“Therefore setting up the AI Learning campus will be a key part of the company’s expansion in this region, which is expected to be announced next year,” Nur Balkis added.

Universities such as Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) are some of the institutions collaborating with SEG.

The collaborations towards creating the AI curriculum component have already impacted more than 3,000 students.

The focus on talent development has been a priority and a strategic approach of SEG.

With over RM12mil invested in talent development initiatives for the past two years, SEG aims to cover more ground and expand the talent pool in this country.

Initiatives like the AI Apprentice programme and AI Graduate employability training programme have launched many graduates into the AI industry.

The AI reskilling and upskilling career advancement programme has enhanced the skills of working professionals while the AI Curriculum integration sets the standard for AI education in Malaysia.

Skymind has several projects that will create high-value jobs to ensure Malaysians reap the long-term benefits of the investments, in tandem with enhancing the overall industry’s ecosystem to drive sustainable economic growth towards post-Covid-19 recovery.

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