Strateq Group's Talent Development Programme to Bridge Malaysia’s Tech Talent Gap

Tech talent is always on high demand in this digital era. As an IT graduate, I was honoured to be invited to Strateq Group – an integrated enterprise solutions and services provider to witness the unveiled a new talent development programme that aims to address Malaysia’s tech talent gap to drive the nation forward in an increasingly digital era.
Selfie with Datuk Tan Seng Kit, Group Managing Director of Strateq Group

Driven by directives in the 12th Malaysia Plan to boost the GDP contribution of the nation’s digital sector to 25.5% by 2025, the new initiative looks to improve access to highly technical scopes of work for undergraduates and fresh graduates. The aim of the programme is to equip youth within STEM fields with the practical and industrial experience that will help improve their skills, increase employability and help them better determine their career paths.

Speaking on the topic, Datuk Tan Seng Kit, Group Managing Director of Strateq Group said, “Talent development has always been a crucial part of enterprises. In this increasing digital age, the tech talent gap is a significant problem as the progress of businesses now hinge critically on this factor. As a long-time supporter and enabler of enterprise business growth, Strateq Group is leveraging our decades of experience in innovation and tech to empower talent with the right skills to thrive. And thereby empower the nation as a whole to reach its ambitions within this high potential sector.”
Through a three-phase programme that encompasses foundational learning, certification and on-the-job training, Strateq’s Talent Development programme aims to address critical challenges being faced by graduates and business owners a like when it comes to finding the right talent for a job. Specifically, the programme addresses common problems reported amongst recruiters including misaligned skillsets, lack of business communication practice, meticulousness, common business sense and adaptability to corporate environments.
“Even though it is early days in the programme, we have already begun to see substantially positive results. Anecdotally, universities have expressed gratitude for our programme allowing in a diverse range of graduates across an equally varied spectrum of work functionalities. Similarly, programme participants have flourished in new areas of expertise and many have gone on to secure full-time positions coming directly out of our programme. As we expand the programme, we aim to amplify this success to the benefit of even more Malaysian job-seekers and businesses,” Datuk Seng Kit added.
The programme which conducted a pilot phase earlier this year, is already collaborating with 9 public and private universities in Malaysia and is looking to expand its circle further in the coming year as it ramps up its efforts within the programme. The 7 participating universities are Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (USM), Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), HELP University and UOW Malaysia KDU University College.

Thus far Strateq’s Talent Development programme has received over 150 applications, placed 23 applicants with a close to 40% conversion rate to full-time employment coming out of the programme. The programme aims to maintain a similar momentum of conversion going into 2023.
Established in 1983, Strateq is a leading technology enabler providing integrated solutions and services for a variety of industries including healthcare, oil & gas, banking and financial services, telecommunications, energy & utilities, education, consumer goods, manufacturing and the public sector. Strateq currently operates in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

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