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Microsoft launches new micro-credential

James Mitchell
21 September 2021 1 minute readShare
Microsoft launches new micro-credential

OpenLearning and Microsoft have launched a new computer science micro-credential, CS101, that bridges the growing technology skills gap.

CS101, or Computer Science 101, will improve job prospects for young adults and working professionals from diverse backgrounds by providing them with the skills to leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing solutions to create innovative products, solve complex problems and be more productive.

According to recent studies by Boston Consulting Group, the demand for digital talent is growing faster than supply, leading to more vacant positions. For example, in Singapore, 5% of technology jobs were vacant in the first quarter of 2020, nearly double the vacancy rate of 2010 (2.7%).

In Malaysia, it is estimated that 3 or 4 million workers will likely benefit from new jobs thanks to initiatives such as MyDigital blueprint.

Meanwhile, in a recent survey conducted across Southeast Asia, Singapore had the lowest share of women studying a major in technology. Yet, the country appears to have the highest share of women working in technology at 41%. It is likely driven by the booming tech sector, which is able to attract women from non-tech education backgrounds. 

To pave the way for a more inclusive economy, CS101 and Microsoft will work together to arm learners with on-demand skills development through a range of integrated technologies that support and build necessary digital skills for the future. The program seeks to inspire anyone, regardless of their background and gender, to be part of the evolving landscape of technology, and to reap the opportunities that are yet to come.

“A deep bench of technology partners that combine business and tech know-how will be essential for businesses looking to transform,” said Vivek Puthucode, chief partner officer, Microsoft in the Asia-Pacific region.

“A new generation of 21st-century infrastructure calls for digital, cloud and security skills and calls for a renewed commitment to the education and skills that a new generation of technology has made essential for people’s personal progress. More jobs require not wholesale retraining, but that people fill in specific gaps among their current skills.

“Employers and employees alike must increasingly identify and develop these skills and connect them with more dynamic and faster-moving hiring and promotion needs.

“Skills will be the new currency in the post-pandemic world, and our work with OpenLearning seeks to provide every person and every organisation with an opportunity to thrive and seize the innovation opportunity that’s before us, ensuring technology shapes a more prosperous future.”

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