Free technology courses aim to reskill hundreds of workers

MALAYSIA: The Social Security Organisation (PERKESO) has announced a collaboration with UNITAR International University, on an upskilling initiative for the country’s workforce.

PERKESO, a government agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources, will connect learners with potential employers searching for candidates with cloud computing skillsets.

According to Puvan Balachandran, CEO of UNITAR, “UNITAR’s vision is to accelerate innovative solutions in a global learning ecosystem for a sustainable future, which will aim to be delivered via its mission to create highly employable and entrepreneurial global citizens.

“This is aligned with the program’s mission to help unemployed and underemployed individuals who might not otherwise have access to technical education to develop the skills they need to pursue entry-level cloud roles,” he added.

The initiative, called the "re/Start program" is offering a 12-week certification course through UNITAR at no cost to unemployed or underemployed participants. As well as learning the skills required for cloud computing careers, students are connected to potential employers, thus building a pipeline of diverse non-traditional cloud talent.

The first batch in Malaysia started in December 2021 and will graduate in March 2022. They are from various non-technology backgrounds, including students from teaching and customer service.

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