MDEC brings back #MyDigitalWorkforce to boost awareness in digital economy jobs

by LYDIA NATHAN / pic source:

THE Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) will hold the #MyDigitalWorkforce week, to match job seekers looking for digital talents, as well as creating digital employment awareness among job seekers.

The event will be headlined by the Digital Jobs Expo, where more than 5,000 job vacancies from more than 100 companies that include the likes of KPMG International Ltd, Dell Technologies Inc, Shopee Pte Ltd and Petronas Digital Sdn Bhd will be available.

In a statement, the country’s leading agency for digital transformation said the event that is taking place from today until Aug 30, 2021, is part of Malaysia Tech Month 2021.

MDEC’s VP and head of digital skills and jobs Dr Sumitra Nair (picture) said the event will run on the third week and feature a series of webinars on digital jobs and career awareness, reskilling and upskilling opportunities, and a jobs expo all aimed at preparing the Malaysian workforce for jobs in the digital economy.

“It is going to be all about jobs and skills for the digital economy. Participants will get a chance to interact with prospective employers, training providers and MDEC executives, all working together to provide practical guidance on reskilling and up-skilling for fast growing digital jobs,” she said.

She added that it has come to a time of increased relevance as the Covid-19 drastically shifted the job landscape and how people work.

“The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have also increased Malaysia’s unemployment rate which rose to 4.8% in 2020 compared to 3.3% in 2019,” she said.

Sumitra added that MDEC is also working with various partners to hold more than 70 #MyDigitalWorkforce week satellite events, including training companies and industry experts who will be offering webinars, panel sessions, and training in digital tech areas.

“These satellite events, which are set to run for two weeks from Aug 16 to Aug 30, 2021, will cover relevant topics including artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, robotic process automation and other emerging technologies,” she said.

Meanwhile, Sumitra said MDEC has expanded its digital skills training directory which will include work and learn, career upgrade and learning on demand courses.

To date, the initiative has more than 250 courses covering focus areas that include data science, cybersecurity, animation, games development, software development and the newly-added digital global business services and nine online learning platform partners.

“MDEC will also bring back its Let’s Learn Digital campaign, following a successful run last year in collaboration with Coursera Inc. This year, Let’s Learn Digital has kicked-off with free digital marketing courses and certification from Facebook Inc, Google LLC and LinkedIn,” she said.