IR4.0 workforce

FUTURE-proofing your career is simply taking the extra steps to prepare yourself for the 21st century workforce and workplace propelled by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).

With the onslaught of the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, market disruptions have become even more intense, creating a new frontier in job trends that necessitates proactive upskilling and reskilling to thrive in the new age of work.

The World Economic Forum estimates that the pace and scale of disruption brought forth by IR4.0 would require more than one billion people in the world to be reskilled by 2030.

By next year, some 42% of the core skills required to perform existing jobs are expected to change.

As a reflection of the demand, the Centre for Corporate and Community Development (CCCD) at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) offers courses that are designed to upskill and reskill talents to address workforce transformations through focus areas such as data science, digital skills, cybersecurity, animation, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, energy management, healthcare and self-management skills.

Professionals can fulfil their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements through the courses that are endorsed by professional bodies, the varsity said in a press release.

The courses are delivered by subject matter experts who are professionals with proven experience through instructor-led or in-person training, blended learning or virtual training.

Customised training solutions that address specific needs and learning objectives are also provided.

For those who have ambitions to seek rewarding careers in accountancy, finance, and management, UTAR CCCD – which is an HRD Corp Registered Training Provider – offers the professional qualification programme by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Individuals who aspire to be professional financial planners can also attend the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification programme at the CCCD.

In addition, the CCCD prepares candidates to sit for English proficiency tests through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Preparatory Course and the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Preparatory Course.

Through curated inbound edutourism programmes, the CCCD fosters the culture of continuous learning with an immersive study experience that is steeped in Malaysia’s beautiful destinations, rich cultures and diverse traditions.

Learning and development through talks and webinars are organised throughout the year. UTAR’s CEO Talk Series provides insights from top executives of different industries.

Mental literacy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are promoted through events such as the Malaysia Festival of the Mind, Mind Competitions, the Mind & STEM Festival, and the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair.

Candidates can register for the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Internet-Based Test (iBT) through the CCCD.

UTAR Sungai Long and UTAR Kampar campuses are HSK iBT test centres.

For training and event details, call Faizul Ahmad (014-759 9500 / 05-468 8888 ext: 2250) or Shezar Siru (012-588 7030 / 03-9086 0288 ext: 810), or visit

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