Petronas Digital, CADS collaborate to digitally empower workforce

PETRONAS Digital Sdn Bhd (PDSB) and the Center of Applied Data Science (CADS) have entered into a collaboration to digitally empower the workforce in Southeast Asia to advance in employability, future-readiness and talent sustainability.

The collaboration was recently formalised here with a Memorandum of Understanding. Signing on behalf of PDSB was its Chief Executive Officer, Aadrin Azly while CADS was represented by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sharala Axryd.

Also present were Petronas Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology, Bacho Pilong and Petronas General Manager of Enterprise Data, Datin Habsah Nordin, together with CADS Advisory Board Member, Tan Kien Eng.

PDSB, the digital arm of Petronas, is a progressive partner of CADS’ Project 2100, an initiative to create an ecosystem of highly skilled data graduates and professionals in meeting companies’ needs for data-literate talents in Southeast Asia.

The initiative aims to address unemployment issues arising from the impact of Covid-19 by upskilling and reskilling students, graduates and professionals across the region in data-related fields.

“Apart from starting various programmes for our people to develop the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to thrive in a digital-first environment, Petronas also continues to invest in Malaysian talents to help close any potential ‘skills gap’,” said Aadrin in a statement.

“As more organisations progress in their transformation journey, the workforce will need to concurrently transform their skillset. We have established the Data Apprenticeship Programme to bring into Petronas a steady supply of data practitioners. We now look forward to further collaborating with CADS to enhance the employability of young talents in Malaysia and across the ASEAN region,” he added.

Over the coming months, CADS will join forces with Petronas in the latter’s Digital Outreach Bootcamps for Malaysian university students, and the Data Apprenticeship Programme which develops data-savvy talents. These initiatives and more will leverage Project 2100 via the CADS.AI platform, which creates opportunities to upskill Malaysian and ASEAN talents through data-related programmes, accreditations, and certifications across Southeast Asia.

“We are determined to assist Petronas to empower youths across the region in the data space and we hope this collaboration can amplify Petronas’ efforts to reach more aspiring talents out there for ASEAN’s betterment at the world stage,” said Sharala.

CADS launched the artificial intelligence learning platform CADS.AI and Project 2100 in September 2021, with a goal of future proofing ASEAN’s workforce, equipping graduates and professionals with tech skills needed to become data literate, and propelling regional economies to a new digital frontier. —