HRDF to train 1.2m local workers

By LYDIA NATHAN / Pic By TMR

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) is expected to mobilise RM900 million collected from registered employees to train some 1.2 million workers in 2019, Human Resources Minster M Kulasegaran (picture) said.

Kulasegaran said in a statement that the move is prompted by an independent report on the fund’s governance framework by an independent Governance Oversight Committee (GOC) published on Nov 10, 2018.

According to GOC, an ethical framework should sit at the heart of the HRDF’s governance structure to serve as an authoritative point of reference.

Kulasegaran said his ministry will harmonise efforts with HRDF to ensure local registered employees are upskilled and reskilled to meet the challenges of automation and digitalisation.

“The HRDF board of directors and management have been empowered with the decision-making authority to keep to its mandate to spearhead the human capital learning and development of Malaysian employees, ensuring they are prepared to meet the demands driven by the current economic and technological changes,” he said.

He added that the immediate focus is to strengthen the ties between HRDF and Industrial Skills Training Institute, allowing for more industry-focused training and development programmes to be created, which target both current and future workforce.

The institute comes under the purview of HRDF’s Apprenticeship Programme.

“Additionally, we are looking at establishing effective partnerships with public universities and colleges, providing the industry with graduates who are job-ready,” he said.

He added that this will take place via HRDF’s Graduate Enhancement Programme for Employability.

A skills matrix in line with HRDF is also being developed which will contribute to the fund’s mandate in the area of upskilling of employees.

“I urge all HRDF-registered employers, individually and through their respective employer associations, to effectively and efficiently utilise your respective HRD levy contribution to HRDF, to accelerate human capital growth in Malaysia,” Kulasegaran said.

He added that he is confident that HRDF will continue in its efforts to support and enhance the Technical and Vocational Education and Training efforts in Malaysia.