Cisco takes on digital skill gap in Malaysia

MALAYSIA: Digital communication company Cisco, through its Network Academy has pledged to equip 140,000 Malaysians with digital skills for in-demand jobs over the next 10 years.

This includes both upskilling and reskilling opportunities for the Malaysian workforce.

Cisco’s Senior Vice President and Global Innovation Officer Guy Diedrich said the digital skills gap has “resulted from a shift towards digitalisation, with the emergence of new professions alongside the displacement of other roles that now require continued digital training”.

The tech company hopes to achieve its commitment by establishing a solid ecosystem of public-private partnerships with employers, as well as through collaboration with Network Academy. It hopes to reach its goal by utilising a program strategy and a measurement framework.

“At this point, we are not taking on the challenge of technology, but it is a challenge of the digital age, and we need a full force to have Malaysia compete globally,” Diedrich added.

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Chief of Staff Asia