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Huawei launches ICT Certification program in Asia Pacific

Huawei Technologies has launched its Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Talent Forum 2020  as it looks to explore ICT talent trends and talent development strategies in the Asia Pacific region. 

The first online event saw more than 2,000 participants participate, where the company announced a new certification program to develop a comprehensive ICT talent ecosystem to "pave the way to sustainable digital transformation".

Under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future,” the forum gathered industry experts and IT professors to discuss the continuing need for highly-skilled ICT workforce and propose sustainable plans to help the region solve ICT workforce shortage. 

The Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Certification Program, announced at the event, is open to students and ICT practitioners who have joined or plan to join in the Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Academy. 

The program 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.

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"Technology has come a long way in the past decade. In recent years, the world has witnessed a diverse range of breakthrough technologies," says Michael Macdonald, chief digital officer and executive consultant of Huawei Asia Pacific.

“The foundation of the new ICT industry now consists of Cloud Computing, Big Data, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence."

With the emergence of advanced technologies, basic IT skills will no longer suffice, he says.

“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 Academy and train 10000 ICT certification in Asia Pacific region. ICT talent ecosystem is Huawei’s long-term strategy and we will work with universities and local HALP partners to help students and ICT practitioners become more competitive in their careers,” Macdonald explains.

"As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei is committed to building a complete ICT talent ecosystem that helps maintain continuous growth of the industry chain. In the past  years, the lack of highly-skilled workforce has been a growing concern for countries around the world, including the Asia Pacific region," he adds.

Huawei says the region has one of the world’s fastest-growing ICT sectors. 

"As advanced technologies such as AI and 5G become pervasive, the region needs to work with various sectors to set standards that efficiently connect talent with opportunities in the digital age," says Macdonald.

"To tackle this challenge, Huawei built a talent ecosystem to support the transfer of qualified employees to the ICT industry, in line with its talent cultivation strategy."

The ecosystem consists of three initiatives: the Huawei Certification, the Huawei Academy and the Huawei ICT Competition.

The Huawei Certification, a talent system standard covering 100 certification exams and 22 technical fields, has certified more than 260,000 ICT students and employees, including 19,000 in Asia Pacific. Launched in 2013, the Huawei ICT Academy has involved over 900 higher education institutions to offer ICT courses and training for over 45,000 students each year. 

To date, the company has set up 103 ICT Academy in the Asia Pacific region. The company also started the Huawei Competition in 2015 to promote talent development through an international knowledge-based contest.

“The competition allows the students to get recognized and secure valuable employment at leading enterprises,” says Macdonald.

The company will continue to explore new ways to cultivate ICT talents and to support governments around the world as they develop ICT infrastructure. 

"With the ultimate goal of bridging the gap between demand of enterprises and the supply from universities, Huawei aims to help Asia Pacific countries lay a strong ICT foundation for many decades to come."

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