NOCN’s newest overseas area of operation is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Founded in 1967, ASEAN today encompasses Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The combined ASEAN countries have a total population of 642 million people and form a major global hub of manufacturing and trade, as well as one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world.
NOCN Group started operating in the ASEAN region in September 2019 establishing our first centres in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and in Jakarta, Indonesia. These two countries are the initial focus for business development and collaboration for NOCN for several different reasons. (Although we are open to opportunities and collaboration across the region.)
Kuala Lumpur is the base of NOCN’s operations in the region, it’s the unofficial commercial hub of South East Asia and the capital city of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has a well-developed education and skills sector, and operates in two languages, Bahasa Malaysia and English. Its Commonwealth status and historical connections with the UK make it an easy country to do business in and a stepping-stone to the rest of the region for NOCN Group.
The challenges/opportunities in the Malaysian skills market include; a disconnect between Academia and Business, the standard and consistency of technical and vocational training offered, and competency in written and spoken English language. Upskilling and reskilling the general working population to face the challenges of Industry 4.0 and the need for ‘digital transformation’ are drivers to both Government and business thinking on skills development.
Indonesia is the giant in the ASEAN group, with a population of 264 million spread over its 17,000 islands, the country represents a huge opportunity, and also a logistical challenge. There is a real thirst for education and skills in this vast country, which is shared by its Government, but the UK model will not fit here. New thinking and innovation are the key to NOCN growing in this exciting market.
NOCN/One Awards Approved Centres:
- EB Holdings – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- University of Applied Research and Development – Jakarta, Indonesia
- Nisai – Malaysia (UK Based)
We are currently seeking new opportunities and partnerships in this region to add to this list, please contact email@example.com to discuss in more detail.