TNB Reskilling Malaysia programme to include gig workers

by AZALEA AZUAR / pics courtesy of TNB

THE Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) Reskilling Malaysia (TRM) programme has expanded its scope to include the country’s growing gig economy to accelerate Malaysia’s post-Covid recovery.

This initiative helps gig workers to boost the momentum of the local labour market as digitisation has encouraged more flexible and employer-free work arrangements, a key feature of the IR4.0.

TNB chief human officer Wahizan Abd Rahman (picture) said remote and hybrid working arrangements have become the new norm which is expected to increase the demand for gig workers.

“But many also face challenges in finding a job or business. We believe this is the right time for gig economy participants to go beyond their current roles and retrain for a better, brighter future,” he said in a statement today.

Hence, TRM aims to assist gig workers explore new and wider opportunities to increase their income.

Meanwhile, TNB Integrated Learning Solutions (ILSAS) MD Siti Sarah Mohd Said said the short-term module was designed specifically for gig workers in line with market progress, so that they can benefit through more meaningful participations with additional skills.

The TRM programme has been implemented by TNB ILSAS in Bangi, Selangor, since 2020 when it was entrusted by the government to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to get suitable jobs and undergo skills or retraining programmes.

TRM is fully sponsored by TNB but gig employees are required to either have a service agreement signed with the company (service provider), have successfully registered the business under the Malaysian Companies Commission or possess business qualifications or related agreements.

Gig workers have been selected for two sessions throughout this month where they undergo training in digital skills, air conditioning maintenance, drone automation for the IR4.0 and business mindset development.