Petaling Jaya – Digital STARS programme aims to address shortage of digital technology talents and strengthen the collaboration between industry, academia, government and community to reduce mismatch of talent supply and demand.
According to Dato’ Abdul Latif Haji Abu Seman, Director General of MPC, “Digital STARS poses as a quadruple helix mechanism to gauge the industry’s woes in finding talents. The most effective way to do that right now is through internship. We aim to place 1000 interns with strong digital skills who are industry-ready for companies.”
A pilot project has been carried out in July 2020 has shown that ninety-seven interns in the field of digital technology were placed in 20 companies. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar, President of Malaysian National Computer Confederation (MNCC) said “Interns who successfully completes their internship will be recognized as Digital STARS. Henceforth, the next two years will see the Digital STARS program expanding with a more structured and comprehensive curriculum designed to fit into the industry’s latest needs”.
The Digital STARS program is an initiative by the Digital Productivity Nexus (DPN) under the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), the private and public sectors as well as institutions of higher learnings. DPN looks at engaging more universities that are open to collaborate and produce graduates with sought-after digital skills and industrial mind-set.
Dato’ Wei Chuan Beng, Champion of Digital Productivity Nexus (DPN) added “It is still a long way to go, therefore Malaysia must work harder to improve the workforce and provide a conducive environment for digital innovation and creativity to thrive. Businesses need talents that are up to date with the current skills sets to fulfil industry demands as they go through the digitisation process.
Malaysia seems to be on the right track in developing industry-ready digital talents. According to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020 (GTCI 2020), Malaysia moved up 2 spots to 26th out of 88 countries. For more information on the Digital STARS Internship Programme and to register, companies can look up this link http://www.yourdigitalstars.