Malaysia’s MDEC holds #MyDigitalWorkforce to help unemployed

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is bringing back its #MyDigitalWorkforce Week, aiming to match job seekers with employers looking for digital talent, while creating further awareness around the opportunities and challenges of digital employment.

The country’s digital transformation agency said the event, which will actually take place over two weeks from August 16 until August 30, will be headlined by the Digital Jobs Expo. This will have more than 5,000 jobs on offer, from more than 100 employers, including the likes of KPMG, Dell Technologies, Shopee, and Petronas Digital.

MDEC’s Vice President and Head of Digital Skills and Jobs Sumitra Nair said the event will feature a series of webinars on digital jobs and career awareness, reskilling and upskilling opportunities, and a jobs expo to prepare the Malaysian workforce for jobs in the digital economy.

“It is going to be all of 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 re-skilling and up-skilling for fast growing digital jobs,” she said.

According to Sumitra, the week will be timely since many have been impacted because of Covid-19. “The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have increased Malaysia’s unemployment rate which rose to 4.8% in 2020, compared to 3.3% in 2019 so this will be timely,” she said.

She also added the agency had been working with other partners to conduct 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 16 to 30 August 2021, will cover relevant topics including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data science, robotic process automation (RPA) and other emerging technologies,” she said.

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