Training Incentive Programme for Industry Revolution 4.0

Training Incentive Programme for Industry Revolution 4.0

With the world economic structure in a state of uncertainty and adversely affected the global economy, the Malaysia government is taking all the proactive measures and initiatives to restore businesses and protect those who suffered massive damage to their capacity to earn a living in a sustainable and consistent manner.

Building the Nation with Digital Workforce

As the unemployment rate rises, Malaysia needs to reskill and upskill its current workforce as well as the next generation of employees as the country faces a radical change in the skills required. This is where training providers and educational institutions can play a role in nation building. Businesses are relying on their digital workforce more than ever in getting back on their feet. The local workforce needs to be employed, productive and equipped with the right skills in order to effectively reboot the economy. Further measure has been put in place, by various agencies and the government to rapidly develop the skills of Malaysian employees. 

Figure 1: Human Resources Minister, Datuk Seri M Saravanan awarded Aaron Tan Dani, Chief Architect of ATD Solution, the certificate of appreciation

Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) is an agency under the Ministry of Human Resources and was given the mandate by the Malaysia Government to develop quality human capital in achieving a high-income economy. HRDF encourages local workforce to up-skill and reskill in order to adapt and grow in the current situation through the new economic recovery initiative, PENJANA HRDF. The initiative was introduced in the wake of Covid-19’s economic impact, which led to massive job losses. HRDF believes as a way to recover from the unemployment and employability issues, generating job opportunities and training should be leveraged. By leveraging on training programmes to upskill and reskill of Malaysians, it helps to rejuvenate the economy and eases the job loss escalation. PENJANA HRDF aims to create dynamic, local high-skilled labour markets and introduce greater flexibility to help Malaysians get into work. Since its launch in early August, more than 15,000 Malaysians have secured jobs marking their first milestone. This proves that this initiative is needed and effective in reducing the employment rate.


Leading the Business to Digital-Based

Among some of the schemes offered under PENJANA HRDF are; Place & Train, B40 Development, Upskilling & Reskilling, SME Development and Gerak Insan Gemilang (GIG). All initiatives serve their own specific purpose that benefit each and every Malaysian employee and any potential Training Providers are welcomed to be part of the initiatives to assist in job replacement issue for local workforce. One of the schemes that stands out to local workforce currently is the Upskilling & Reskilling (IREV4.0). This scheme is developed to help employers adopt a digital-based business approach as the pandemic is pushing for rapid digital transformation. Malaysian employees trained under IREV4.0 will be able to help lead their organisations towards productivity and sustainability through the usage of technologies. Malaysian employees will not bear the training cost as it is fully subsidised by HRDF. It is also an effort to ease the burden of the employers affected by the outbreak.


Upskilling and Reskilling with ATD Solution

ATD Solution is one of the training providers that offers digitalisation solutions specifically in Enterprise Architecture certifications from IASA and The Open Group. Malaysian employees who are eligible to undergo IREV4.0 scheme will be able to develop new capabilities to properly prepare their organisations to be digital ready. Through courses from IASA and The Open Group, organisations can make investments in better digital infrastructure and tools for modernisation of operations and processes as well as effective service delivery. Efforts can be intensified in accelerating digital innovation and building the interdisciplinary technical knowledge. Organisations can adopt the fundamentals of creating a digital-ready mindset that focuses on lifelong learning, cross-functional ways of working and problem-solving.

In Singapore, The Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP+) is an initiative offered to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to support the ICT workforce in aligning with technology shifts, through the continuous and constructive training of technical skills sets, in order to remain effective and efficient. Employees or self-sponsored persons may apply up to 90% course funding support under this initiative based on their eligibility criteria.  In addition, self-sponsored persons are also allow them to offset the courses fee using SkillsFuture Credit.

By promoting continued learning and development as part of an organisational culture, it can boost employee job satisfaction, remain competitive and increase productivity by bringing out the full potential of an existing workforce. New innovations and technologies are inevitable for every field of business and in order to be used efficiently, employees will need the appropriate skills and capabilities.

Author: Aaron Tan Dani

President of Singapore Computer Society EA-Chapter [email protected]

Founder and Chairman of Iasa Asia Pacific [email protected]

Aaron Tan Dani, Chief Architect of ATD Solution [email protected] 

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