MDeC aims for 10,000 more knowledge workers by 2016

  • Technology
  • Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012

PARTNERS: (l-r) Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili presenting a commemorative plaque to Huawei's Li Yong. Also present is Badlisham.

CYBERJAYA: The Knowledge Workers Development Centre (KDC), part of the MSC Malaysia initiative, received a RM27.3mil investment boost after seven new technology and training partners inked partnership deals with the centre’s administration.

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, chief executive officer of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), which is caretaker of MSC Malaysia, said the partnerships have helped put the KDC on a fast track to achieve its target.

“We want to produce at least 10,000 knowledge workers over the next four years,” he said.

The new partners are Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd, IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd, KRU Academy Sdn Bhd, Agilent Technologies Sales Sdn Bhd, Altera Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, Dream Catcher Consulting Sdn Bhd and iTrain Sdn Bhd.

The KDC opened its doors in May to the MSC Malaysia community, offering the use of its shared training and office facilities.

Its 34,000sq ft centralised, fully functional and well-equipped facilities provides a venue for these companies to conduct ICT (information and communications technology) training for fresh hires or for “up-skilling” programmes for an existing workforce.

“The courses offered are based on actual current and emerging industry demands, and derived from MDeC’s ongoing interaction with the industry,” Badlisham said.

Also, the technology partners will be running the training programmes with their latest equipment, software and course materials.

To date, more than 1,000 Malaysian workers have benefited from the various training sessions and seminars organised by these partners.

Future collaboration

According to Badlisham, many of the partners have signed on for between one and four years, while Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei have committed to seven years.

Huawei Malaysia delivery and services director Li Yong said the company has set up an Internet Protocol tech lab, optical communication lab and an advanced certification lab at the KDC to support the industry demand for highly skilled talents in the field of telecommunication and networking solutions.

“The KDC is an extension of the Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre (MGTC) that we established last June, also in Cyberjaya,” he said.

Both strategic initiatives are part of the steps that Huawei is taking to realise its goal to train up to 10,000 knowledge workers for the Malaysian ICT industry by 2016, he added.

Meanwhile, with an RM1bil investment to build a new Global Delivery Centre (GDC) in Cyberjaya over the next five years, IBM Malaysia is on the look out for high-quality, knowledge-based employees to fill various posts at that centre.

The GDC will offer service system operations, end-user services and security for our ­clients across different industries, from finance to retail.

Craig Tucker, the strategic outsourcing delivery director, said IBM is working closely with MDeC and several other agencies to identify up to 3,000 qualified candidates.

“We have set up a training lab and recruitment facilities at the KDC for this purpose,” he added.

The MSC Malaysia initiative is aimed at leapfrogging the country into a knowledge-based economy.

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