300 newly-employed grads in ICT sector to be ‘up-skilled’
By Digital News Asia April 18, 2013
- TalentCorp and MDeC collaborate to enhance skills of 300 newly employed grads in ICT sector
- Program comes under the Job Camp – Graduate Employability Management Scheme
THE Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that will see 300 graduates undergoing an eight-month ‘up-skilling’ program.
The program comes under the Job Camp – Graduate Employability Management Scheme (JC-GEMS), where selected Malaysian graduates undergo two-month classroom learning by MDeC-authorized training providers.
This would be followed by on-the-job experience with leading employers to equip them with the relevant soft and technical skills to help them advance in the ICT industry, MDeC said in a statement.
The MoA signed on April 18 marks the first time that MDeC and TalentCorp are collaborating to enhance the supply of highly-skilled talent for Malaysia’s ICT industry. Prior to this, Job Camp was solely managed by MDeC.
“The JC-GEMS scheme enables us to optimize our young Malaysian talents and equip them with the right skills to take advantage of the many emerging opportunities in ICT,” said TalentCorp chief executive officer Johan Mahmood Merican.
He said that this partnership with MDeC is aligned to TalentCorp’s mandate to facilitate public and private sector collaborative efforts in creating, motivating and retaining a skilled workforce for the Economic Transformation Program (ETP), the Malaysian Government’s aspiration to see the nation become a high-income economy.
MDeC is the national ICT custodian in charge of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC Malaysia) project and the Digital Malaysia program; the latter aims to create a digital economy.
“Our partnership with TalentCorp on the JC-GEMS scheme is in line with the MSC Malaysia initiatives for fresh graduates and undergraduates to be up-skilled and equipped with industry-relevant skills and knowledge whilst addressing the ICT industry’s talent needs,” said MDeC chief executive officer Badlisham Ghazali.
TalentCorp took over GEMS from Khazanah Nasional Berhad in December 2012. It aims to take the scheme to the next level by increasing the employability of graduates nationwide through “sector-focused” training.
This year, TalentCorp targets to train 6000 graduates under various graduate employability programs.
ICT-based companies interested in applying to take part in the JC-GEMS programme can contact the MSC Malaysia Client Contact Centre (CliC) at 03-83153000 or toll free at 1-800-88-8338.
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