ICDL and Malaysian Bumiputera Training Providers Association (MBTA) Partner to Boost Digital Skills for Bumiputera in Malaysia 


Kuala Lumpur, 13th December 2023 – ICDL and the Malaysian Bumiputera Training Providers Association (MBTA) have joined forces and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Tuanku Bainun Creative Centre for Children in Kuala Lumpur, marking a significant step forward in enhancing digital skills for Bumiputera individuals in Malaysia. 

The MoU, signed by Mr. Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation, and Mr. Azman Shah Dato’ Aziz, President of MBTA, solidifies the commitment to advancing digital literacy in Malaysia. The partnership aims to uplift the status of Bumiputera trainers and training providers by providing them with globally recognised ICDL certifications, offering a competitive advantage in the Human Resources Industry both locally and internationally. 

Among the distinguished witnesses were Her Excellency Orla Tunney, Ambassador of Ireland to Malaysia, Mr. Rony Ambrose Gobilee, Chief Strategy Officer of the Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp), and Ms. Tina Wu, General Manager of ICDL Asia. Other notable individuals present during the ceremony include Ms. Jayanthi Thevarajah, Head of Education Services ASEAN at Enterprise Ireland, Mr. Nigel Ngiam, ICDL Asia Market Development Manager, and attendees comprised of representatives from the MBTA exco members. 

This collaboration responds to the increasing demand for digital skills in today’s fast-evolving landscape, which MBTA acknowledges the importance of by empowering workers with digital skills for improved productivity and employability. Despite the growing need for digital skills, employers face challenges in finding talent with the required expertise.

To address this digital skills gap, MBTA has collaborated with ICDL to offer ICDL modules to Bumiputera trainers and training providers. This partnership will further enhance their existing training programs and create new avenues of demand. To expand the initiative, selected MBTA members will also become ICDL Accredited Test Centers, enabling the development of projects and the implementation of ICDL in both public and private sectors. This will serve as a foundation for training workshops, seminars, conferences, funding applications, and various forms of support. 

In conclusion, the collaboration signifies a commitment to bridging the digital skills gap and fostering growth within Malaysia’s training and development landscape. ICDL Asia looks forward to equipping Bumiputera with the necessary skills to thrive in the digital era and contribute significantly to the nation’s workforce. 

About Malaysian Bumiputera Training Providers Association (MBTA) 

The Malaysian Bumiputera Training Providers Association (MBTA) currently represents around 100 members comprising Bumiputera trainers and training providers. It seeks to uplift the status of Bumiputera trainers to give them a platform and a level playing field to compete effectively in the Human Resources Industry, domestically and internationally. It also aims to provide avenues and opportunities to improve the quality of services being delivered by its members, via upskilling, continuing professional development, and innovative services.  

For more information, please visit https://www.mb-ta.com/ 

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