The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) has announced the launch of its Certified E-Commerce Specialist (CES) Level 1 Programme. The specialised training and internship programme aims to empower youth with autism in Malaysia with skills in digital marketing and E-Commerce, thus unlocking new career prospects for the community. Aligned to this year\u2019s World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) theme of Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World, the inaugural programme welcomes young adults with autism aged 16 to 21 years across Malaysia to register for its first intake scheduled to begin by middle of April 2021. \u201cTraditionally, the retail and hospitality industries have been common employers of adults with autism. The Certified E-Commerce Specialist (CES) Level 1 Programme allows us to break from tradition and open new doors for the autism community.\u201d \u201cWe believe as the world advances technologically, it is important to groom our young people with the relevant skills, thus promoting equal opportunity in the digital sphere for people with autism to thrive as independent adults and contribute as productive members of the society,\u201d said the NASOM Programme Head \u2013 Vocational, Saffiza Anuar. Global retail E-Commerce sales have been on a growth trend in recent years, with Covid-19 being a notable accelerating factor. As a result, businesses have sped up plans to digitalise operations and capitalise on its benefits including new opportunities to serve customers previously unreachable due to geographical limitations. Evidently, this trend has resulted in the surge of demand for skilled talent in E-commerce and digital marketing. The training run by Y Ventures Group Ltd supported by NASOM is an entry level programme tailored to the existing experience and skills sets of each student. Students at level 1 will undergo 6-weeks of training covering six (6) basic skills of E-Commerce, namely, creating WordPress websites, how to market a business on the Internet, digital photography tools, using social media in business, how to achieve top search engine positions and introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC. In South East Asia and Malaysia specifically, career opportunities for youth with autism remain low. A policy paper by the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) revealed a need for more training and jobs opportunities for youth with autism at varying levels. \u201cThere is a need to recognise that autism affects individuals differently and to varying degrees and as such, a one-size-fits-all approach is insufficient. While a focus on training for low-skills employment is important for individuals with autism who demonstrate impaired intellectual ability, it ultimately excludes many capable individuals from finding meaningful employment,\u201d the institute stated in its policy paper titled \u2018Living With Autism in Malaysia\u2019. Photo Credit: Y Ventures \u201cNASOM is proud to partner with Y Ventures Group Ltd, a data-driven E-Commerce listed company in Singapore with core competencies in developing and executing training curriculums related to E-Commerce and technology aimed at nurturing talent to spearhead businesses in the new digital economy.\u201d \u201cWe believe individuals with autism, particularly the students of this course, will greatly benefit from being mentored by industry experts.\u201d \u201cMoreover, the hands-on opportunities through paid internships attached to the programme will allow students to apply their knowledge in the working world, proving that in spite of their autism spectrum condition, they can be as capable as any young adult,\u201d explained Saffiza. Weighing in on the partnership with NASOM, Y Ventures Group Ltd Co-founder and Managing Director, Adam Low said, \u201cWe are very excited to offer our expertise and experience to NASOM to help unlock the potential of today\u2019s youth with autism.\u201d \u201cThrough this programme, we aim to assist young adults to launch their journey as future digital and E-Commerce trailblazers. We have carved a foundation of over 22 years as a data driven E-Commerce distributor and consultant with a presence in 25 online marketplaces across 10 countries.\u201d \u201cThe wealth of knowledge and experience gained by working alongside brands and helping them achieve their business objectives has inspired us to pioneer new career pathways for the socially disadvantaged community.\u201d Managing Director, Adam Low has also expressed his hope that through this programme, which is currently the first of its kind in the world offered to autistic individuals, more associations can participate in giving more opportunities to autistic individuals to unlock their talents. The programme will be conducted on an online platform and is opened to all Malaysian youth with autism. The first intake is scheduled to begin in mid-April 2021. Saffiza hopes that as Malaysians observe World Autism Awareness Day, NASOM would be a step closer to achieving its vision for an inclusive society where people with autism could reach their full potential, participate in their communities and lead a meaningful life with dignity. For more information about the Certified E-Commerce Specialist (CES) Level 1 Programme or to enrol, please contact NASOM Programme Head \u2013 Vocational, Saffiza Anuar at +603 7832 1928 or email at email@example.com. About The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) Photo Credit: NASOM The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) is a non-profit organisation, formed in 1986 by a group of concerned parents and professionals. Registered on 3rd March 1987 as a national charitable organisation, NASOM strives to provide a range of support services to assist individuals with autism, especially, children and their immediate family members. NASOM has 17 centres across Malaysia supported by a workforce of more than 150 staff members, including, teachers. The centres provide a variety of programmes, such as screening, assessment, early intervention, intensive intervention, therapy, vocational as well as skills development. About Y Ventures Group Ltd Photo Credit: Y Ventures Listed in Singapore, Y Ventures Group Ltd is a data driven E-Commerce company. Capitalising on its data analytics capabilities, Y Ventures Group Ltd partners the world\u2019s leading brands to sell their products in multiple countries across various online marketplaces. Its core businesses include E-Commerce Channel Management Services, Digitization Consulting and Training Curriculum.