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Microsoft to upskill Malaysian youth for the gig economy

By Microsoft Malaysia

Microsoft Malaysia has launched the “Digital Skills and Gig Economy Employability Programme” to equip Malaysian youths with future ready skills and tools needed to thrive in the gig economy, a statement from the company says.

“COVID-19 has accelerated the need for upskilling and transformed the future of work for the Malaysian workforce. Addressing the skills gap that has resulted from the rapid acceleration of digital transformation today is an urgent task, and it is key to an inclusive economic recovery,” K. Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia.

The collaboration between Microsoft Malaysia and Biji-biji Initiative, a Malaysian environmental-based social enterprise company, will train and upskill 500 youths comprised of graduates from the below 40 percent (B40) communities and budding professionals interested in building a viable gig career.

The partnership also includes gig companies like, Workana, Rtist Malaysia,, and HeroKita.

Participants will attend a series of webinars and workshops on topics such as personal branding, project management as well as financial management. In addition, 50 participants will win free vouchers for a professional Microsoft examination for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, and Microsoft Excel, worth USD 100 each.

“We’ve seen a steady growth of gig workers in Malaysia, with many younger professionals stepping into this pool. “We want to help them with the security of their future – in valuing and pricing their services right, managing financial security, as well as providing them with a vast array of certifications to further enhance their portfolio," Juliana Adam, the CEO of Biji-biji Initiative.


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