More than 300 companies within these sectors are expected to gain from MyDigitalWorkForce Work In Tech, while an estimated 6,000 job opportunities will be created with the aim to produce at least 1,000 quality tech talent.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced the launch of MyDigitalWorkForce Work In Tech (MyWiT), an RM100mn training and hiring incentive programme aimed at boosting the digital business services sector, as well as developing quality tech talent in Malaysia.

This initiative is an extension of the #MyDigitalWorkforce Movement launched last year, to help re-skill and up-skill Malaysians for digital economy jobs.

In a statement on Monday (5 April), MDEC said more than 300 companies within these sectors are expected to gain from this programme, while an estimated 6,000 job opportunities will be created with the aim to produce at least 1,000 quality tech talent.

This, it added, is in line with the government’s Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) which targets to create 500,000 jobs for Malaysians by 2025.

Commenting on this, YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia, said: "The Government is cognisant of the challenges brought about by the pandemic and today’s announcement is a testament of our continued effort to not only sustain the tech industry but also serves as a boost to increase our capabilities and capacities, to enable the digital business industry to survive and thrive.

"Together with MDEC, we will continue to drive the digital economy forward and accelerate towards achieving the goals as set forth in MyDIGITAL in ensuring a shared prosperity for all."

YBhg. Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman of MDEC, added; "Through this initiative, MDEC will pursue its mandate in ensuring that we bring innovation and advancement in the workplace and businesses in support of the MyDIGITAL promise. Skilling Malaysians digitally as facilitated by employer-incentivised programmes like MYWiT, counters unemployment, progressing our nation along the Malaysia 5.0 journey."

About MyDigitalWorkForce Work In Tech (MyWiT) 

MyWiT is made up by the following components. The first is the Digital Business Services (DBS), which is aimed at incentivising companies who are hiring fresh graduates or unemployed Malaysians for digital business services roles within their organisation, and offers a minimum incentive between RM9,800 and RM20,600 per employee.

For each employee, this incentive will be divided into two parts - the salary incentive, which will cover 40% of the employee’s monthly wage for six months (minimum salary of RM2,000), and a RM5,000 training incentive. The training courses eligible for this include in-house training with a minimum of 40 hours or 'Work and Learn' courses listed on MDEC's Digital Skills Training Directory, which has 180 courses listed to date.

Second is the Digital Tech Apprenticeship (DTA), targeted at companies that are hiring unemployed Malaysians for high demand tech jobs in areas such as data science, software development, and cybersecurity, offering a total incentive package of RM15,200 per employee. This constitutes a salary incentive of RM1,200 per month for a period of six months, and training incentive worth RM8,000 per employee. Employers will be expected to pay a minimum salary of RM3,000 from the fourth month onwards.

In this programme, employers may select training courses from the 'Career Upgrade' courses listed on MDEC’s Digital Skills Training Directory. All courses in the Digital Skills Training Directory have been reviewed and endorsed by industry practitioners.

To qualify for both the DBS and DTA incentives, the company must be incorporated in Malaysia and committed to offering employment for a minimum of 12 months; the maximum hiring quota is set at 500 pax for the DBS initiative, and 50 for the DTA initiative.

On the other hand, individuals seeking to benefit from MyWiT must be Malaysian citizens and must not be a current or past beneficiary of any of MDEC's MyWiT incentives, or part of PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 and Penjana KPT-CAP programmes.

Lastly, the DBS initiative is open to fresh graduates, unemployed and retrenched individuals while DTA is open to the unemployed and retrenched employees.

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