HRD Corp’s conference, exhibition to empower HR leaders

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE National Human Capital Conference & Exhibition (NHCCE) 2022 is a platform for human resources (HR) leaders and practitioners to improve and take a fresh approach to their respective roles. 

Human Resources Development Corp (HRD Corp) chief executive Datuk Shahul Dawood said these leaders must embrace new technology and processes; build critical skills and competencies; and ensure their employees’ health and wellbeing.

He said HRD Corp was committed to pioneering the HR5.0 agenda to strengthen Malaysia’s human capital and accelerate Malaysia’s growth and productivity including by addressing skill gaps between unemployed youth and industry need, as well as reducing unemployment. 

“As we look forward to 2023, HRD Corp is committed to strengthening our human capital to prepare for a possible global economic downturn in the coming year.

“To that end, we will continue to focus our efforts on retaining and nurturing local talents and at the same time, we will also strengthen its existing initiatives and introduce new ones that can meet the demands of our new economic realities,” Shahul said during the launch of NHCCE 2022 today. 

At the same time, HRD Corp also signed a memorandum of understanding with LinkedIn to promote greater levy utilisation among HRD Corp’s registered employers.

Shahul added that the platform would also offer periodic insights on hiring and job trends in Malaysia, including skills gaps analysis, which would support the statutory authority in mapping out its talent development programmes.

“HRD Corp is committed to supporting Malaysia’s economic growth and recovery by reducing unemployment and strengthening our talent pool. This is evident by the declining unemployment rate, which now stands at 3.7%. 

“We will continue to take the lead by expanding online upskilling and reskilling opportunities through our partnership with LinkedIn and I believe with such efforts we will succeed in meeting the expectations of the next generation workforce while futureproofing our economy against unprecedented crisis,” he said.

LinkedIn’s head of emerging markets of South-East Asia and country manager for Malaysia Rohit Kalsy said it was a critical time for companies to provide and enhance learning and development opportunities of their workforce so as to futureproof their businesses. 

“Globally, we are moving towards a skills-based economy, and we will see a diverse range of in-demand skills emerge for the future of work. 

“We are committed to stand alongside HRD Corp and support the country and its businesses to address any skill gaps and workforce challenges, so that they can develop, attract and retain the best talents. 

“Our commitment is to eventually empower every Malaysian business and talent with the right tools and capabilities and be a valued partner in Malaysia’s continued resilience and economic growth,” Kalsy said.