Intel Malaysia, Youth Ministry in digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills drive
By Digital News Asia December 30, 2013
- MoU signed, Intel to provide training programmes to Malaysia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports trainers
- One module for those with little or no digital skills; second is a starter-educational toolkit for entrepreneurs
INTEL Malaysia and the Ministry of Youth and Sports have announced plans to provide youth with the digital literacy skills required for they said were the “development of and effective participation in a knowledge-based society.”
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two parties, Intel Malaysia will provide the Intel Learn Easy Steps and Intel Entrepreneurship Basics training programmes to National Youth Skill Training Institutes nationwide.
The programmes will the institutes’ trainers, who will in turn train students who attend these institutes, Intel Malaysia said in a statement. More than 10,000 students attend these institutes annually, it added.
“The rapidly developing digital economy is increasing the demand for highly skilled technical workers, and digital business skills are critical to economic growth,” said Minister of Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin.
“In an increasingly open global economy, we are duty-bound to equip Malaysian youth with the tools and skills necessary to compete and succeed.
“With these comprehensive training programmes offered to our students, we’re confident of unlocking their full potential to become successful businessmen and women,” he said at the recent MoU signing ceremony.
Intel Learn Easy Steps is a training module suited for adult and youth learners with little or no experience with computers, and who are in need of basic technology skills, Intel Malaysia said.
Intel E-Basics, on the other hand, is a starter toolkit which contains context-based learning and modules on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. The complete toolkit aims to enable and empower entrepreneurs to get started, develop and run their business more effectively and efficiently with appropriate technology usage, the company added.
These materials will facilitate the educating of National Youth Skill Training Institutes trainers who will in turn teach the thousands of students who attend these institutes nationwide.
“We are delighted to find a synergy between Intel’s commitment and the Ministry’s vision to build the next generation of skilled and competent knowledge workers in support of Malaysia’s national agenda,” said Dr Anjan Ghosh, regional director of Asia Pacific corporate affairs at Intel Corp.
“We are deeply encouraged by the foresight of the Ministry in providing multiple opportunities for youth to be trained and skilled for the demands of the future workforce of this nation,” he added.
Since its establishment in Malaysia in 1972, Intel Corp has invested more than US$4 billion in the country and employs over 9,000 Malaysians today, the company said.
Intel Malaysia is the largest offshore site for Intel Corp and has since developed into the most complex offshore site over the last 40 years.
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