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11 Upskilling Initiatives For Youth In Malaysia

Are you looking to grow your skill sets in order to be competitive? Are you a fresh graduate seeking for employment? Or you may be a student preparing for employment.

Here are a list of localised upskilling initiatives to help prepare you towards being more effective at the workplace.

#1: SOLS 24/7

Their mission is to serve, educate & empower the bottom 40% of the population with FREE education, personal development & employment support. Their courses ranges from soft skills, technical vocational skills as well as skill sets in the solar industry. 

All courses are FREE and serves the B40 in Malaysia.

Source: SOLS24/7

#2: AirAsia Academy

Their mission is to train the ASEAN workforce to be ready for careers of the future that are being shaped by the impact of digital technology. They aim to deliver affordable, quality education for everyone, providing job-ready skills via hundreds of high-quality in-demand courses curated by industry experts, top universities locally and globally.

Free courses available, while paid courses starts at RM70.

Also available are school tuition courses at RM28 per month.

Source: AirAsia Academy

#3: e-LATiH

The portal provides access to 300 or more courses that meets the demands of various industries. It is free for all Malaysians.

Get started: Register now at e-Latih

#4: Rapid Youth Success Entrepreneurship/Employability (RYSE)

RYSE hosts a to upskill Malaysian youth with transferable soft skills.

Source: RYSE

#5: Digital Skills For Tomorrow’s Jobs

Supported by PERKESO, MYFuturejobs, CloudSwfy and JA Malaysia, this program aims to upskill Malaysians with highly in-demand, future-ready digital skills.

Find out more here


#6: MyDigitalWorkforce in Tech

It is an initiative to incentivize employers to hire Malaysians via digital upskilling and reskilling programmes. Through the Digital Business Services (DBS) program, its objective is to increase digital literacy and skills amongst Malaysians in an attempt to curb the rising unemployment level.

Key criteria: Unemployed for a minimum of 2 months or retrenched or fresh graduate

Types of job: Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing, Content Moderation and Customer Experience

Minimum salary: RM2,000 with a minimum of 12-months contractual employment

Example of companies: Consurv Technic (M) Sdn Bhd, Formis Development & Research Sdn Bhd, Mereka Innovative Education Sdn Bhd, Myeg Sdn Bhd, Shopee Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Thomson Hospitals Sdn Bhd

Get started: Find out more about MYWiT

Source: MDEC Mywit

#7: Malaysia Massive Open Online Courses (MMOOC)

They have a variety of localised courses that goes beyond content delivery to focus on community, connectedness, and learner engagement.

Get started here

Source: Malaysia MOOC

#8: Penang Youth Development Corporation

They are a state development agency and a non-profit organisation for youth development in Penang. Their aim is to develop young people holistically through collaboration with strategic partners to strengthen Penang’s youth in economic, educational and social terms. 

Check out some of their youth upskilling initiatives here.


#9: LinkedIn Learning

A free online learning platform that helps you grow and advance your skills.

Check out various course types here.

Source: Linkedin Learning

#10: ReSkills

At only USD12 per year, ReSkills connects aspiring learners to Master Coaches via interactive, real time online courses.

More details here.

Source: ReSkills

#11: Upskill Malaysia

They are a digital platform that provides training and skills development programmes for Malaysians, that are offered by the Malaysian Government through its Ministries and Agencies.

More details here.

Source: Upskill Malaysia

Cover image by The Malaysian Reserve

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