5Th Iskandar Learning Festival Aims To Develop Talents Through 22 Workshops Across 13 Days

ISKANDAR MALAYSIA, THURSDAY, 13 JULY 2016: The 5th Iskandar Learning Festival will happen from 15 to 28 July and is expected to develop talents and pull in crowds from all walks of life through 22 exciting and informative workshops and activities throughout the 13-day festival. 

“Talent development is one of the key focus in Iskandar Malaysia as we want the people in the region to “grow” hand-in-hand with the physical development here. Through the Iskandar Malaysia Human Resource Blueprint, we have mapped out the strategy to enable the people in Iskandar Malaysia to not only support the fast growth of the region but also reap the benefit of these positive development. Initiatives such as this Iskandar Leaning Festival will help to fuel the people with the many skills and knowledge, in line with making Iskandar Malaysia a Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

The objectives of the Iskandar Learning Festival are to provide communities free access to world class learning and development content and help spark mindset change in the pursuit of human capital excellence amongst communities

The learning festival is open to the public at no charge and this year’s learning will cover areas such as design thinking, arts & crafts, robotics, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), the English language, communications, the environment, psychology, financial management, health and many others.

Amongst the more interesting topics include “Mindset Change”, “Financial Literacy for Youth”, “The Wonder of Laughter”, “Getting To Know Our Tropical Fruits”, “Design Thinking” and “RCE Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable & Low Carbon School Exhibition”.

Organized at venues around Iskandar Malaysia, the festival also draws the support of the stakeholders in the region such as Medini Iskandar Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UniKL, Bandar Seri Alam, Coca-Cola and The Johor International Youth Hub (HAB) in Hutan Bandar MBJB.

According to Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, developing talents in Iskandar Malaysia has started since the inception of the region in 2006. In 2009, 13 Talent Development Programmes, divided into three categories based on target groups, namely pre-employment, up-skilling and re-skilling and entrepreneurship were conducted and more than 3,500 locals participated. Various Mindset Change programmes were embarked upon, designed to complement traditional cultural virtues with values such as entrepreneurship, initiative-taking, self-motivation and broad sense of civic-mindedness. In 2012 alone, the programmes reached over 300,000 people, through various carnivals and school visits.

Recognising that establishing the local talent pool starts from a young age, the Johor Student Leaders Council was created, an ongoing initiative with the State Education Department to help create the next generation of effective leader. Over 5,000 students had participated in this initiative, with 105 students selected and trained in local and international leadership programmes.

Last year, Iskandar Malaysia also played host to Skim Latihan 1Malaysia’s (SL1M) career fair in 2016, which offered 10,000 jobs and training opportunities from more than 100 companies. The SL1M Career Interview Programme also offered RM25 million worth of grants under the Iskandar Malaysia Professional Fund as well as the Iskandar Malaysia Employee Grant scheme for workers and companies.

“One thing for sure is that Iskandar Malaysia will continue to drive talent development through various initiatives and activities that will benefit the people here, in line with the nation’s target to have 35% skilled workforce by 2020,” said Datuk Ismail.

For more information and to register for the workshops during Iskandar Learning Festival 2017, please visit Iskandar Malaysia’s FB at facebook.com/IskandarMalaysiaOfficial.




About IRDA

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is the regulatory authority mandated to plan, promote and facilitate the development of Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing, where living, working, business and leisure converge seamlessly.


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About Iskandar Malaysia

Iskandar Malaysia is an economic development corridor booming in Southern Johor, Malaysia. The development region encompasses an area of 2,217 square kilometres which is three times the size of Singapore and two times the size of Hong Kong. Iskandar Malaysia is envisaged to capitalize on its current synergies with Singapore as it aims to complement each other as an economic hub. Meticulously planned under the Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development plan (CDP), the economic region comprises of five flagship zones.

Encompassing a vast acreage of land, it is the largest single development project ever to be undertaken in the region. Because of its strategic location, accessibility to leading Asian cities, proximity to some of the world’s most rapidly growing and important economies, Iskandar Malaysia is poised to attract an exciting influx of foreign and high-level corporate investments as discerning investors look to benefit from growth in Asean and Asia. Located in Johor, the southern gateway to Peninsular Malaysia, its advantages include:

  • Six to eight hours flight radius from Asia’s burgeoning growth centres such as Bangalore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.
  • Within reach of a global market of some 800 million people.
  • Accessible by air, land, rail and sea.
  • Flanked by three major ports, the Pasir Gudang Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Tanjung Langsat Port.

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