TalentCorp Committed to Strengthening SME Talent Pipeline Towards MADANI Economy

YB Tuan Tuan Jagdeep Singh Deo, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II witnessed the MOU Exchange between Mr Thomas Mathew, Group Chief Executive TalentCorp and and Jasmon Lim Keat Hin, Chief Operating Officer, The Ship Campus.

PENANG, 5 September – As part of the MADANI Economy mission to internationalise Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and eradicate poverty, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) today organised an Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC) workshop as a platform to discuss the talent needs of SMEs with the aim to drive solutions.

Themed “Sustainable Talent Pipeline in the SME Sector (Emerging Tech)”, the workshop gathered university partners and SME stakeholders, including SMECorp, SAMENTA, SMITA, and The Ship Campus, to combine solution-focused networking with data collection, input, and feedback to identify ways to close talent gaps in the industry and region.

During the launch, YB Jagdeep Singh Deo A/L Karpal Singh, Penang's Deputy Chief Minister II, commended TalentCorp for its work in nurturing talent and advancing the development of a skilled labour force in the SME industry, allowing the state to maintain its throne as the Silicon Valley of the east.

YB Tuan Jagdeep Singh Deo, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, Mr Thomas Mathew, Group Chief Executive TalentCorp (On the left side) and Mr Jasmon Lim Keat Hin, Chief Operating Officer, The Ship Campus (On The Right Side) with all Industry-Academia Collaboration Workshop Participants.

“With the support of TalentCorp's collaborative efforts to promote a knowledge-based environment, Penang can attract and retain talent to advance its SME sector, increasing its competitiveness towards achieving Penang 2030 Vision which focuses on shaping a “Family-Focused, Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation”.,” he added.

In his welcoming speech, Thomas Mathew, TalentCorp’s Group Chief Executive Officer said that such programmes are not only intended to boost the state's economy, but also to significantly meet the needs of the MADANI economy.

“There is a massive global shift in how work is done, manifesting itself as the “Future of Work” that is driven by IR 4.0, Energy transitions and New Age Technologies. Malaysia has embarked on the National Energy Transition Roadmap and the New Industrial Master Plan underscored by sustainability, moving our manufacturing sector up the value chain,” he said.

Mr Thomas Mathew, Group Chief Executive Officer TalentCorp giving his opening remarks during the launch of Industry-Academia Collaboration Small & Medium Enterprise Workshop in the Northern Region

"The outcome of today’s workshop, like all our IAC workshops, will be collated and shared with the appropriate stakeholders, and be used to advance strategic initiatives and programmes to further enhance the SME industry in Malaysia,” he added.

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Issued by Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad

5 September 2023



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