The Technology Talent Development Programme particularly takes aim at Malaysia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry which currently contributes approximately 23.2% to Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or equivalent to RM360 billion. While Malaysia boasts over 1.2 million ICT employees close to 200,000 are foreign employees representing some to RM18.65 billion loss in wages and a 5.2% loss in GDP.
Through the programme, Strateq is focused on helping the nation close this gap by building local talent within the sector. In rolling out the Programme, Strateq is collaborating with prominent partners from across the industrial, governance and academic spectrums. Amongst the collaborative partners are PETRONAS Digital Berhad, QSR Brands, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Human Resources Development Corporation (HRD Corp), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and PIKOM. Besides, Strateq also envisioned to work with more local agencies as the programme grows and gain tractions.
Commenting on the announcement event at One World Hotel not long ago, Datuk Tan Seng Kit, Group Managing Director of Strateq Group said, “ICT is one of the main contributors to Malaysia’s economy and this will only increase as technology and digitalisation permeates every aspect of business and lives. To truly capitalise on this potential, we must address the talent gap within the industry – especially at a local level. Malaysia has immense potential to be unlocked, it simply would take the right effort from the right parties – this Technology Talent Development Programme is just that.”