By The Nation
Hosted online yesterday, the Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Talent Forum 2020 was joined by over 2,000 participants, including industry experts and IT professors who discussed the need for a highly skilled ICT workforce to solve the region’s skills shortage.
The Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Certification Programme, announced at the event, is open to students and ICT practitioners who have joined or plan to join the Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Academy.
The programme runs from August 4 to November 30, 2020. Participants who pass the exams in the shortest time will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
With the emergence of cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, basic IT skills will no longer suffice, said Michael Macdonald, chief digital officer and executive consultant of Huawei Asia Pacific.
“As enterprises redefine their job requirements, this new ICT landscape will leave us with an estimated shortage of about 5 million professionals. We aim to globally develop 2 million ICT professionals over the next five years to match high demand for skilled workers. In 2020, we are going to build more than 200 Huawei ICT Academies and train 10,000 ICT certification in Asia Pacific region,” Macdonald announced.
Huawei said its talent ecosystem consists of three initiatives: the Huawei Certification, the Huawei Academy and the Huawei ICT Competition.
The Huawei Certification covers 100 certification exams and 22 technical fields, and has certified more than 260,000 ICT students and employees, including 19,000 in Asia Pacific, said the firm.
Launched in 2013, the Huawei ICT Academy has collaborated with 900 higher education institutions to offer ICT courses and training for over 45,000 students each year, with 103 ICT Academies in the Asia Pacific region.
Meanwhile the Huawei Competition “allows the students to get recognised and secure valuable employment at leading enterprises”, said Macdonald.
In Thailand, the ICT market is growing rapidly. The company announced it has been working with a dozen leading universities to establish the Huawei Academy in the country. Thailand’s first Huawei ICT Competition was held in 2018, attracting over 2,000 students from across the country. The three national winners were given the opportunity to represent the country at the Global Final in Shenzhen, China.