PIKOM launches industry internship program to bridge skills gap

  • Hands-on experience in tech industry through a paid internship
  • 12 weeks program, participants assigned mentor to guide them

(From Left):  Ong Kian Yew, CEO, Pikom; Council Member Dr Munirah Looi; Prof Lau Sian Lun of Sunway University; Dr Tang U-Liang of HELP University; Ong Chin Seong, Chairman of Pikom; Jenna Cheong of LGMS; Dr Mandy Siew Chen Sim of Nottingham University, Devakaran Sekeran of EMCO Executives and Thomas Woon, Advisor to Pikom.

The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) announced yesterday the launch of the Pikom Industry Internship Program, a new initiative to bridge the skills gap in the digital industry.

The program will initially start off from June 2023 with Nottingham University, HELP University and Sunway University, with plans to invite more institutes of higher learnings later in the year. It will provide participants with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the tech industry through a paid internship at a participating Pikom member company.

“The ICT industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Malaysia, and there is a growing demand for skilled tech workers,” said Ong Chin Seong, Chairman of Pikom. “The Pikom Industry Internship Program is a structured program that will help to bridge the skills gap by providing students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in industry.”

The program will run for a period of twelve weeks, and participants will be assigned to a mentor who will help guide them to develop their skills and knowledge. Participants will also be given the opportunity to network with other tech professionals.

“We are confident that the Pikom Industry Internship Program will be a valuable experience for students and will help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in the tech industry,” said Ong.

In the pipeline is also an apprenticeship program for graduates in partnership with LGMS Bhd for Cybersecurity and HT Consulting (Asia) Sdn Bhd for software development. The program enrolment will be expanded with support from A.P. EMCO Executives Sdn Bhd and Talent in Motion Sdn Bhd (kabel.my).


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