AirAsia Academy, Carsome to fill tech talent gap for women

  • Aims to develop in-demand marketable tech skills for  underprivileged women
  • 200 women from the B40 income group took place participate in this programme

(L to R) Carsome co-founder and Carsome Academy director, Teoh Jiun Ee; CEO of Capital A, Tony Fernandes; and co-founder and group CEO of Carsome, Eric ChengAirAsia Academy, RedBeat Capital’s education arm under Capital A Bhd has recently joined forces with Malaysia’s leading automotive marketplace Carsome to develop in-demand marketable tech skills for the underprivileged women through #RatuTech. 

In a statement, the company said the campaign aims to encourage women to not only develop marketable skills but also to expand their economic opportunities, participate in decision-making, network, grow as individuals, and simply have fun with technology.

Tony Fernandes, chief executive officer (CEO), Capital A said AirAsia Academy’s vision of making education accessible, affordable and inclusive is very much in line with Capital A’s mission of serving the underserved and democratising our services for all. 

“We are excited that Malaysia’s leading tech player Carsome has put faith behind our digital edutech platform and joined in our efforts to educate and cultivate the next generation of female tech talents, and also creating job placement opportunities,” he said.

Eric Cheng, co-founder and group CEO of Carsome said, “We are happy to support AirAsia Academy’s efforts to expand the digital talent pool by helping women gain access to education, training, or networks that can make a career in technology possible.

“We are actively exploring creating job opportunities for the graduates of RatuTech, as we are confident that they will be capable and competent after taking Academy’s digital courses,” said Cheng.

Aireen Omar, president (Ventures) Capital A and CEO of AirAsia Academy, said the company is grateful that Carsome is lending their support to our initiatives of addressing the underrepresentation of women in tech, and are confident that they can add value to their future company of employment.

She added that it's inspiring that the women we are training as part of this campaign come from all walks of life, with great stories of overcoming personal and circumstantial struggles. 

“We have a stay-at-home mum who’s being upskilled to learn to grow her business and get into a new career to fund her business, along with a hearing impaired student who is learning to rise beyond her physical challenges to develop in-demand marketable digital skills,” said Omar.

The group of female students are part of the 200 women from underprivileged backgrounds, especially those in the B40 income group.

The are learning digital fundamental courses including data analytics, digital marketing, cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure and software engineering, in hopes of becoming data analysts, digital marketers, cloud experts, and cyber security specialists. 

Some of the sponsors include the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation, the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre, Google Cloud as well as Yayasan Peneraju.

Click here for more details on courses that are made available by AirAsia Academy. 


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