Helping to Close the Digital Gap in Indonesia Through the Digital Talent Scholarship

 |   Microsoft Indonesia

Aiming to be the largest digital economy in Southeast Asia in ten years, Indonesia is facing a digital skills gap, with the World Bank projecting a shortage of nine  million skilled and semi-skilled ICT workers by 2030.  To make matters worse, COVID-19 has heavily affected the global economy, leading to countless job losses and company closures worldwide.

To help build up the digital talent capital, the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information welcomed the second batch of the Online Academy Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) 2020, partnering with a host of key global technology partners, including Microsoft and LinkedIn.

With a firm belief in a future where every Indonesian has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to thrive, Microsoft is proud to partner with public- and private-sector organizations, for initiatives such as the Online Academy, to promote skills-based training to prepare more future-ready talents by increasing their employability.

“Microsoft is ready to work with industry peers to realize the Ministry of Communications and Information’s Online Academy Program to future-proof citizens employability with globally recognized training on LinkedIn,” says Haris Izmee, President Director of Microsoft Indonesia.

Using the LinkedIn Learning platform starting on June 11, selected Online Academy participants can take the Digital Skills training by Microsoft that offers a wide range of courses that cover the creative, business and technology sectors. Digital Skills training aims to increase productivity in daily work activities, conducting research, or developing new technology skills.

Upon successful completion of the training, participants will earn a certificate of participation signed by Microsoft and the Ministry of Communications and Information.  They can also earn LinkedIn Certificates of Completion for courses completed on the LinkedIn Learning platform that include Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, Learning Microsoft PowerApps, Mastering Excel for Data Science, and Advancing your Microsoft Cybersecurity Stack Skills.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of work and Microsoft remains committed to the government’s plan to increase the competitiveness of Indonesia’s human capital with digital technology.  This is our third year in the program and looking forward to continue our contribution to Indonesian society,” concludes Haris Izmee, President Director of Microsoft Indonesia.

Microsoft has trained over 18 million teachers and students throughout Indonesia over the past 25 years through Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum, via partnerships with the Ministry of Communications and Information as well as other organizations.