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AirAsia and Google to launch new tech academy
January 16, 2020 News


According to reports on CNBC and Nikkei Asian Review, AirAsia has teamed up with Google to launch a new tech academy to reskill employees. The first of its kind “AirAsia Google Cloud Academy” will be managed by AirAsia’s venture arm, RedBeat Ventures, and will offer courses including digital marketing, software engineering and tech infrastructure design, all of which will be accredited by the Silicon Valley tech giant.

The move addresses the increasing shortage and demand for talents skilled in working with new technologies. According to the CNBC report, Google Cloud’s Southeast Asia regional director Tim Synan said the deal would enable participants to better understand its technology.

“Together we’re working to upskill AirAsia AllStars with relevant expertise in Google Cloud technologies and build deep technical knowledge and Cloud expertise including Kubernetes, smart analytics, Cloud AI and more,” he said in a statement to CNBC.

Google and AirAsia first struck a deal in 2018, whereby Google Cloud’s machine learning capabilities will be integrated with AirAsia’s digital capabilities. Aireen Omar, AirAsia Group President told the Nikkei Asian Review that the training will initially open to current employees next month, before being extended to the public by year-end.

She said that the launch is part of the budget carrier’s long-term strategy to prepare workers for the shifting jobs landscape. The launch of a tech academy is the latest move by AirAsia founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes to diversify his business for the digital age.