IT WAS another milestone for MMC-Gamuda’s Tunnelling Training Academy (TTA) when 100 students graduated. They will become part of the 1,000-strong workforce on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line 2 (Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya).
Gamuda Engineering managing director Datuk Ubull Din Om said they would join other TTA graduates who would be working as tunnellers over a 13km stretch on the MRT Line 2.
“The academy had initially produced more than 1,000 graduates for the MRT Line 1 project, to be completed soon.
“So we are now upskilling another 1,000 youths for work on the second line,” he said during the graduation ceremony at TTA.
He said graduates from TTA would be assured employment, and provided with accommodation and food allowance.
Ubull noted the goal of TTA was to upskill local youths to become skilled tunnellers working with tunnel-boring machine technology both for local and foreign projects.
“We will eventually have local talents in the field to help reduce dependence on foreign labour,” he said, adding that this augured well in helping develop the country’s human capital and achieving a high-income nation by 2020.
Ubull said TTA was set up at a cost of RM10mil in 2011 with MMC-Gamuda spending RM2mil annually to operate the academy and upskill students who are selected from the National Youth Training Institute and community colleges.
“Our students will not only become part of the nation’s skilled workforce, but one day gain employment in projects overseas,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gamuda executive director Datuk Azmi Mat Nor said those graduating were 22 Sabahans, 10 Sarawakians and 68 students from Peninsular Malaysia.
“These youths are fortunate as they are assured of jobs with MMC-Gamuda upon graduation and will be able to help their families back home,” he added.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan praised MMC-Gamuda for its initiative in setting up the world’s first tunnel academy.
“Other companies should emulate MMC-Gamuda as it has created a dignified living environment for its workers, coupled with attractive salary packages and food incentives,” he told reporters after presenting certificates to the students.
He said such upskill training programmes would help create a larger pool of local talents aimed at reducing dependence on foreign labour.
This was crucial as reduction in foreign labour would help the nation stem the outflow of RM30bil annually, he said.
Also present was Gamuda Group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling.