MDeC programmes to boost ICT workforce


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By ZAM KARIM bytz@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has launched its MyProCert and MyUniAlliance training and international certification programmes.

It aims to produce 5,000 ICT (information and communications technology) professionals and 12,000 ICT undergraduates, respectively, by 2015.

The move is the agency’s latest initiative to upskill and upgrade the country’s ICT workforce, chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said.

These programmes are part of the Economic Transformation Programmes’ Human Capital Development Strategic Reform Initiative (SRI), which is under the purview of the Human Resource Ministry.

MDeC is the government agency tasked with the implementation.

According to Badlisham, the MyProCert and MyUniAlliance roles complement each other. “Both are expected to address the skills-demand gap that has been identified within the ICT industry,” he said.

MyProCert is a training-subsidy programme for anyone in the existing workforce who is interested in getting certification for relevant ICT skills, to progress in their professional career.

The international business solutions provider SAP has signed on as the first partner for the programme.

Under the MyProCert-SAP deal, the company will provide a marked reduction off its usual certification fees, while MDeC will provide recognition incentives to companies which sponsor employees, and individuals who pass the required SAP certification examination.

Partnerships

MyUniAlliance, meanwhile, complements MDeC’s industry academia collaborations to enhance the competencies of undergraduates on industry-relevant technology skills.

“The programme will enhance the employability of the students and creates a career path for them to move on to higher-value jobs,” Badlisham said.

MDeC has forged collaborations with industry prominents Cisco, SAP, Intel, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and Huawei for this programme.

It has also roped in the participation of several top higher-learning institutions, including INTI International University, Multimedia University, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Open University Malaysia.

Badlisham said MDeC is looking forward to partnering with more technology players, as well as collaborating with other leading tertiary institutions in the country, to ensure the goals are attained.

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