Photo - (From left) YB Encik Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports with Intel's Learn Easy Steps and Entrepreneurship Basics materials in hand, to signify the handing over of the training materials from Intel Malaysia to the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Dr. Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director-Corporate Affairs, Intel Asia-Pacific, is beside him.
The Malaysian ministry of youth and sports has signed an agreement with semiconductor firm Intel to launch a digital literacy skills programme as part of a move to meet the demand for highly skilled technical workers in the country.
During the signing of the memorandum of agreement [MoU] in Penang, the Minister of Youth and Sports, YB En Khairy Jamaluddin, said, "The rapidly developing digital economy is increasing the demand for highly skilled technical workers, and digital business skills are critical to economic growth."
"In an increasingly open global economy, we are duty bound to equip Malaysian youth with the tools and skills necessary to compete and succeed," said Khairy. "The Ministry is honoured to be working together with Intel Malaysia in empowering our youth with digital literacy and basic entrepreneurial skills. With these comprehensive training programmes offered to our students, we're confident in unlocking their full potential to become successful businessmen and women."
Intel Corporation regional director, corporate affairs (Asia Pacific), Dr Anjan Ghosh, formally presented the minister with the Intel Learn Easy Steps and Intel Entrepreneurship Basics training programmes, which will be used by the National Youth Skill Training Institutes' trainers, who will pass on skills to about 10,000 students who attend annually nationwide.
"We are delighted to find a synergy between Intel's commitment and the Ministry's vision to build the next generation of skilled and competent knowledge workers in support of Malaysia's national agenda," said Dr Ghosh. "The signing of this MoU is an extension of our commitment to Malaysia, especially in promoting and supporting digital literacy and entrepreneurship through our programs Intel Learn Easy Steps and Intel Entrepreneurship Basics."
"Under the terms of this MoU, Intel Malaysia will provide the Intel Learn Easy Steps and Intel Entrepreneurship Basics programme curriculum to the Ministry, and facilitate the training of senior trainers," he said. "These senior trainers will in turn deliver the programmes to the students of the National Youth Skill Training Institutes nationwide."
The Intel Learn Easy Steps is a training module suited for adult and youth learners with little or no experience with computers. The Intel E-Basics is a starter toolkit, which contains context-based learning and modules on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. The complete toolkit aims to enable and empower entrepreneurs to get started, develop and run their business more effectively and efficiently with appropriate technology usage.
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