[This is a sponsored article with MDEC.]
COVID-19 has disrupted our “normal” lifestyles, changing the way we spend our money and the way we work. It also affected Malaysia’s unemployment rate, which rose to 4.8% in 2020 from 3.3% in 2019.
To actively counter this, MyDigitalWorkforce Working in technology (MYWiT) aims to help both parties in the workforce ecosystem. It will provide jobs and improve the skills of unemployed Malaysians while supporting hiring employers through wage incentives and training.
Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), believes that the MYWiT initiative will inspire companies to hire, develop and adequately compensate Malaysian workers while mitigating the impact of unemployment due to COVID- 19.
Ultimately, the initiative will meet the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital) goal of fostering a strong digital economy by creating 500,000 jobs for Malaysians by 2025.
Under MYWiT, there are two separate programs named Digital business services (DBS) and Learning digital technology (DTA). Both programs have their own requirements and offerings.
Provide the right skills and work opportunities
Current labor needs have shifted in favor of jobs that can be done remotely. If you are a recent graduate without the skills or the means to work remotely, you are already at a disadvantage to begin with.
The DBS program solves this problem by guiding new graduates to acquire digital knowledge and skills, while being employed in relevant fields. You can refer to this link for more information on the positions available under DBS.
Laid-off workers also lack digital capabilities in the modern workplace. DTA helps them by breathing new life into their current skills and helping them develop for jobs in industries such as software development, data science, and cybersecurity.
Example: A hospitality industry software developer may be hired by a healthcare startup to develop medical software instead.
Requirements for employees
If you want to join MYWiT via DBS or DTA, here are some of the requirements:
- Unemployed for at least 2 months, or recently graduated (DBS) OR unemployed or made redundant for at least two months (DTA),
- A Malaysian citizen,
- Is not a current / past beneficiary of MYWiT incentives in any company,
- Not part of the PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 and Penjana KPT-CAP programs,
- Not be a close family member of a director / shareholder / manager of a recruitment company,
- Job letter offer issued after the online application date.
Incentives for potential employers
As for employers who join MYWiT to seek out potential talent, here are some of the incentives that will be reimbursed to you through the program.
1. Incentive structure of the DBS program
- Maximum incentive of 9,800 RM to 20,600 RM per person, depending on the salary offered (which will be reimbursed accordingly),
- Incentive salary of 40% of the employee’s monthly salary for 6 months (salary range from RM2,000 to RM6,500),
- Up to RM 5,000 for training per person (in-house or through the Work and Learn course on the MDEC Digital Skills Training Directory).
2. Incentive structure of the DTA program
- A maximum incentive of RM15,200 per person (which will be refunded accordingly),
- Salary of 1,200 RM / month for 6 months (minimum salary of 3,000 RM from the 4th month),
- Up to RM 8,000 for training per person (must be enrolled in the Career Upgrade course on the MDEC Digital Skills Training Directory).
There are two stages of the application process. Qualification (step 1) and approval (step 2). After submitting the application for stage 1, the company has two months to find the candidate for the training. Once a candidate is selected, the company can then submit their application for step 2.
During step 1, companies can apply at any time. However, for step 2, the table below shows the closing dates, as approval will be done in batches.
Note that for both programs, employers will need to offer a job / contract of at least 12 months for job seekers. To learn more about terms and conditions for employers, click here.
There are also specific criteria for employers who wish to register with MYWiT.
- Incorporated in Malaysia,
- Minimum capital of 20,000 RM,
- Not subject to the liquidation order,
- Not a dormant business,
- Not a public, federal, state or legal authority,
- No relationship with a director, shareholder or employee of MDEC.
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So far, initiatives introduced by MDEC in the jobs and digital skills segment have impacted the lives of two million Malaysians from 2016 to the third quarter of 2020.
MDEC hopes that this initiative, in line with MyDigital’s objectives, will encourage 300 companies to create more than 6,000 job offers and 1,000 new technology professionals in the industry.
- For more information on MYWiT, click on here.
- Note that the requirements or criteria are subject to change. Please refer to the MDEC list for specific information.
- Read what we have written about MDEC in the past here.
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