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100 students complete boot camp
Published on: Monday, March 11, 2024
By: Ricardo Unto
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100 students complete boot camp
The guests in a group picture with the participants of the BeDigital Bootcamp.
Kota Kinabalu: Some 100 local university students completed the seventh Petronas BeDigital Bootcamp cohort here.

The students were from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF).

The 12-day BeDigital Bootcamp aimed to enhance local undergraduates’ digital literacy for higher employability while meeting the demands of current and future job markets. 

State Finance Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, who attended the programme’s closing ceremony, commended Petronas for its dynamic talent development efforts, contributing to the State’s progress.   

“Investing in skills development is not just an investment in individuals or corporations – it is also an investment towards progress and prosperity of the state,” he said. 

“It is heartening to see the dedication of participants, working teams, trainers and partners here. 

“I am confident that such concerted efforts towards a common goal will contribute significantly to our economic growth and development, propelling the state and the nation forward.” 

Petronas Group Technology and Commercialisation Vice President Aadrin Azly said that the BeDigital Bootcamp is a key part of Petronas’ dedication to talent development and nation-building. 

“With this boot camp, students can prepare for jobs and technologies that do not yet exist to solve problems that we do not even know are problems yet. 

“By equipping students with the skills they need to thrive in the digital age, we can empower them to become active contributors to Malaysia’s growth and development.

“We will continue working with educational institutions, industry players and hiring partners to enable communities with digital skills to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. 

“To achieve this, we have expanded the programme to reach more areas across the country with three more cohorts added this year,” he said. 

Petronas and the programmes’ hiring partners, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, Quorum Software, and Wehaya Sdn Bhd, offered a total of five conditional job opportunities.

Meanwhile, Petronas, Qhazanah Sabah Berhad, Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel, and Wehaya Sdn Bhd provide a total of 17 internship placements.  

The modules of BeDigital Bootcamp are designed to enhance students’ job prospects, improve marketability, and explore digital entrepreneurship. 

They include in-demand digital skills such as artificial intelligence and cyber security and practical presentation skills experienced through a “shark tank pitch”. 

Petronas BeDigital Bootcamp was first introduced here in March and August 2022, with 18 and 50 students, respectively. 

Last year, in addition to Sabah, the programme was expanded to Sarawak and the East Coast region in peninsular Malaysia. 

In total, 563 students from 16 local universities across Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, and Sarawak participated in the boot camp. To date, 192 conditional employment offers have been issued. 

Since its inception, Petronas has engaged in the initiative with over 80 hiring partners nationwide, including Sabah Net Sdn Bhd, Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd, Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd, and Asian Supply Base Sdn Bhd.  

Also present at the closing ceremony were Petronas Board of Directors Member Datuk KY Mustafa, and Petronas Malaysia Petroleum Management Senior Vice President Datuk Bacho Pilong.  

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