Southeast Asia’s largest integrated car e-commerce platform Carsome announced Wednesday the expansion of its regional headquarters in Malaysia, which signifies the company’s efforts in growing a high-skilled workforce to solve customers’ pain points in the car ownership journey.

The expanded headquarters occupies a total of 41,860 square feet of space, spread across four stories at KYM Tower in Mutiara Damansara to house over 560 employees, Carsome said in a statement.

Carsome Co-Founder and Carsome Academy Chief Executive Officer Teoh Jiun Ee shared that the expansion underlined Carsome’s vision to mobilize Malaysia as a central talent hub for the region. To do that, it has amplified efforts to recognize local talents that will contribute towards building a stronger team and nurture skillsets to better serve the industry and help solve customers’ pain points.

“The expansion exemplifies another one of our corporate milestones since the establishment of Carsome in 2015. We believe that the larger and better workspace for our Carsomers will elevate their working experience, at the same time meet the needs of our team for a larger and more inspirational workspace. Through our growing workforce, we endeavor to channel more efforts into talent development in Malaysia to bolster our regional presence through strategic hires, upskills, and development of local talents,” Teoh said.

The opening of Carsome’s newly expanded headquarters was officiated by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Chief Executive Officer, Mahadhir Aziz.

“Carsome is indeed Malaysia’s very own pride and joy – an innovative and inventive company that is not only an indicator of Malaysia’s robust and thriving digital ecosystem, but also evidence of the country’s strength as the digital hub of the region. As Malaysia aspires to be a high-income nation, at least 45 percent of the workforce needs to be highly skilled,

“Carsome’s expansion marks the growth of their local and regional talent pool as well as their commitment towards developing future talents. Their dedication towards inculcating digital talents is aligned to the goals of Malaysia Digital, which seeks to accelerate the adoption of digital among Malaysians. We look forward to working with Carsome in nurturing Malaysia’s digital talents and in supporting their future growth and expansions across the region,” said Mahadhir Aziz, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC.

Carsome is one of the few local tech startups with a regional headquarter presence in Malaysia, and one that continues to establish Malaysia as a central talent hub in the region. Onward from the expansion, it will double up its local investment and is committed to develop, attract and retain talents with different areas of specialization.

In its efforts to upskill the workforce, it has provided over 29 training sessions and courses amounting to 4,400 minutes to 258 employees in customer service, operations, business development, and sales teams within Carsome Group.

Adding on to that, Carsome has also established the Carsome Academy in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and introduced Carsome Certified Lab in Malaysia to further develop and nurture a skilled Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) workforce.

Down the pipeline, Carsome plans to set up more Carsome Certified Labs in the region, to provide more hands-on practical experience and job opportunities for TVET talents.

These initiatives are a culmination of Carsome’s market expansion efforts, where it recognizes the need to train and build teams with various market expertise which is essential to continue innovating the used car ecosystem within the region.

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