Malaysia’s leading low-cost airline, AirAsia has partnered with tech giant Google to publicly launch Redbeat Academy to train professionals in the digital field.
Redbeat Academy will provide upskill training to all participants in various areas in tech, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, big data, infrastructure, and software engineering.
“AirAsia has always embraced digitalisation and today is another milestone for us as we launch our premier tech academy. We are proud to work hand-in-hand and cross-share our resources and knowledge with Google,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the CEO of AirAsia Group.
Initially introduced back in January 2020 to upskill AirAsia employees, Redbeat Academy is now open to the public.
“Everyone needs to keep learning, growing and embracing the ever-changing tech landscape to ensure that we can stay relevant in this digital economy,” added Mr. Fernandes.
The academy will provide training to its new employees, known as ‘AirAsia Allstars’, as well as corporations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), government agencies, and universities.
Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, said: “The concept of the Academy itself signifies a vital global trend in today’s digital world, which reshapes how businesses are run, workplaces are restructured and product marketing is shifted from a more traditional way to digital and consumer-centric.”
For the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Google and AirAsia’s efforts are in line with the Government’s key National Technology and Innovation Sandbox initiative, which aims to accelerate Malaysia’s ascent in becoming a high-tech and high-income nation, while generating greater social impact and strengthening the social innovation ecosystem structure.
With innovation seen as a key driver of economies and markets worldwide, the Ministry works from the grassroots with prominent industry players like AirAsia.
The mission of the Academy is to empower, connect, and develop a sustainable tech talent pipeline totalling at least 100,000 talents per year.
“Cloud technology can enable sustainable growth and innovation for businesses both large and small, and the Redbeat Academy will help grow cloud skills and talent across Malaysia,” said Rochana Golani, the Director of Google Cloud Learning Services.
Redbeat Academy has also signed an agreement with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group of High Technology (MIGHT) to reskill talents from local universities Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Malaya and the Asia School of Business.
AirAsia and Google began their first partnership in 2018, where the low-cost carrier integrated Google Cloud’s machine learning and AI technology into its business operations.