Tanjong Malim, 8 December 2021 – Skymind Holdings Bhd, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) gained recognition for its efforts towards improving employability among graduates in the GETHIRED@KPT Programme at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Among those in attendance were Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Binti Ahmad.
The GetHired@KPT Programme under the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) was part of the 100-day Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family Aspirations) (AKM) programme towards decreasing unemployment rate in Malaysia. To date, the unemployment rate sits at 4.3%, further proving the effectiveness of the programme and the 100-days initiative.
Skymind was one of the top 6 companies out of the 20 to receive the honour, especially for its innovative approach to talent development. By leveraging on Artificial Intelligence, Skymind has ensured its’ enrollees are given a future-proof career pathway, specifically in the high-tech innovative AI companies and projects. Over 452 graduates have already benefited from the GETHIRED@KPT Programme and from there, Skymind has employed 18 of them to be certified AI engineers under its’ wing. The young aspirants have already been involved in various projects such as Intelligent Digital Health Platform, AI-based Visual Inspection for Defect Detection, End to End AI Development Platform etc.
Most of this success stems from Skymind Education Group (SEG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Skymind Holdings. SEG, through its talent development, aims to upskill the talent in the country by narrowing any existing skills and knowledge gaps to prepare them for high-specialised AI jobs in the marketplace; to reskill working professionals to ensure that they are capable of meeting the demands of their employers in their respective fields, and to strengthen the credentials of both young graduates and working professionals so that their skill is continuously up to date.
The company values learning by doing as one of the fastest solutions towards obtaining a stellar AI career. There is a really steep learning curve at Skymind and being able to handle many different projects, soaking up the experience and being mentored by experts are among the perks that the organisation has to offer.
As an AI ecosystem builder, Skymind has kicked off several key initiatives to prep more AI-ready graduates in Malaysia. These include extensive collaborations with learning institutions to customise their AI curriculum and working with industry partners to conduct professional certification and employability programmes that ultimately work towards building a healthy pool of AI talents.
“The programmes we offer right now are for those aspiring to join the AI workforce, or for current AI professionals who are looking to reskill or upskill themselves. We aim to prepare AI-ready talents that are able to support the industry demands of IR4.0 and strengthen Malaysia’s AI ecosystem and ensure competitive advantages in creating lasting economic impact.”
Since its early inception in 2020, SEG has gone on to solidify its base across the region, has benefitted more than 400k participants via various engagements on-ground and on the digital space, outreach, seminars and workshops. From those participants, more than 200 have been hired within Skymind’s own organisation.
“We are determined to build an ecosystem, capable of building a viable talent pool and pipeline from Malaysia to feed the AI world’s hunger for talent, therefore setting-up the AI Learning campus will be a key part of the company’s expansion in this region, which is expected to be announced next year.
Universities such as Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) are some of the high-profiled education institutions collaborating with SEG. The collaborations towards creating the AI curriculum component have already impacted more than 3,000 students. The focus on talent development has been a priority and a strategic approach of SEG. With over RM12 million poured talent development initiatives for the past 2 years, SEG aims to cover more ground and expand the talent pool within this country.
Initiatives like the AI Apprentice programme and AI Graduate employability training programme has launched many graduates into the AI industry; AI reskilling and upskilling career advancement programme has enhanced the skills of working professionals while the AI Curriculum integration sets the standard of AI education in Malaysia. Skymind is keen to commit to several projects that will create high-value jobs to ensure Malaysians reap the long-term benefits of the investments poured into the country, in tandem with enhancing the overall industry’s ecosystem to drive sustainable economic growth on the road to recovery post-Covid-19.
You can register your interest in Skymind Education Group here at www.skymind.education. For more information about Skymind Global and other subsidiaries, visit www.skymind.global.
Skymind is a global leader in AI technology with a presence in 17 countries around the world. Our technology is being adopted by more than 350 Fortune 500 companies, such as NVidia, Softbank, Oracle, IBM and many more. Skymind Holdings Berhad, which is based in Malaysia, serves as part of Skymind’s global R&D network, as well as spearheading the business in the region.
Skymind Education Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Skymind. Skymind Education Group serves as a platform to develop future-ready AI talents in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The organisation aims to provide holistic and extensive AI courses, facilitated by expert educators to maximise AI talents career and development opportunities in the AI industry.