JobStreet Partners FutureLearn to Upskill Malaysian Workers

Leading online employment portal JobStreet has teamed up with FutureLearn, a British digital education platform, in an effort for Malaysia to continuously upskill and reskill themselves. Its objective is for candidates to ‘level up their careers’ so that they would constantly be in demand with employers.

Jobstreet country manager Simran Kaur (pic above) said that, even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the employment market was already in a ‘state of disruption’ with automation threatening various existing jobs coupled with a shortage of qualified talent in emerging roles.

“There is an immediate need for the upskilling and reskilling of present employees to become what the industry terms as ‘workforce of the future’,” said Simran, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic had accelerated the urgency to do so.

Under this partnership with FutureLearn, JobStreet is offering individuals the opportunity to unlock access to any game-changing courses comprising emerging technologies such as data science, digital marketing and cryptocurrency, subject to one course per individual.

FutureLearn, founded in December 2012, is jointly owned by The Open University, a public research university and the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education, and SEEK Ltd, JobStreet’s parent company.

It is a one of the world’s most reputable open online course learning platforms, and as of June 2020, included 175 UK and international partners, including non-university partners.

“The purpose of this partnership is for candidates to take their career options to the next level with a range of emerging and transferable skills courses,” said Simran. “Upon completion of their respective courses, candidates would then receive their certificate which they could then attach to their JobStreet profiles.”

JobStreet, together with its sibling company JobsDB, is part of the SEEK Asia Group.

Across the region, SEEK Asia is offering over USD 5 million (RM20 million) worth of certified courses to be redeemed across the countries of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand provided in partnership with FutureLearn.

“Our aim in having developed this collaboration is so that candidates can hone their transferrable and emerging skills that will help them future-proof their careers as the job market continues to evolve,” said Simran.

The campaign, which concludes on 31 May 2021 or when the 100,000 course vouchers are fully redeemed across all 6 participating countries, offers over 80 courses focusing on emerging and transferrable soft skills offered by global universities.

Seeking for ‘Jobs that Matter’

Simran encouraged the local workforce to keep growing skills and experience while seeking for ‘jobs that truly matter’.

“Keep seeking for jobs that matter: Keep seeking for work that matches your passion and purpose in life,” she said, adding that it is JobStreet’s mission to help candidates find roles that match their purpose and passion.

With this partnership between JobStreet and FutureLearn, Malaysians can now learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts with a diverse selection of courses. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

“JobStreet believes that learning should be an enjoyable, social experience. These courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.”

Once completed, candidates can then unlock new ‘jobs that matter’ opportunities with their new found knowledge and skills.

At JobStreet’s end, the company exists to improve lives through better careers.

“We do this by helping individuals find work that’s rewarding and that they can be passionate about, and by finding companies motivated and able employees,” said Simran.

JobStreet fulfils this promise through offering the most opportunities for job seekers and hirers to connect with one another, and complemented by best-in-class artificial intelligence (AI) matching technologies.

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