SME and manufacturing industry representatives attending the industry engagement session at PSDC.
THE Malaysian Meister Programme (MMP) run by the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) may get additional funding from the state government.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state had committed sponsorship of RM2mil to support the programme and was willing to increase the amount to RM6mil if necessary.
He said the money would be used to pay the tuition fees of students taking part in the programme.
“These trainees doing their practical training at factories have to be paid a minimum wage and their tuition fees are covered by the state government.
“So basically the trainees are being paid to study in Penang,” Lim said at an MMP Level One industry engagement session at PSDC recently.
He said the tuition fees of 102 trainees were covered by the state while the fees of 52 trainees were covered by the Human Resources Ministry.
PSDC chairman Dr Juergen Schloesser said the MMP Level One was progressing well.
“It is a great platform to train employees and will ultimately help companies to develop a consistent supply of outstanding employees for their future business needs.
“However, we need more companies to join the programme as hosts,” he said.
PSDC chief executive officer Muhamed Ali Hajah Mydin said the target participants of the programme were school leavers and those in the existing workforce.
“Trainees enrolling for the MMP Level One will undergo theoretical study at PSDC and practical industry training at the host companies for 42 months.”
He said they would be awarded the Malaysian Skills Advanced Diploma (DLKM Level-5) and certificates from Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag (The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC/AHK) upon graduation.
“After graduation, trainees will have the option of continuing their programme for 24 more months of MMP Level Two or furthering their studies at universities abroad as well as public or private institutions.
“PSDC received applications from more than 100 people expressing their interest on MMP Level One during the Star Education Fair 2017.
“We are happy that parents acknowledged that this programme is good for their children but we are worried about the lack of companies coming forward as hosts,” he said.
The MMP, formerly known as the German Dual Vocational Training, started in July 2015.
Manufacturing firms, and small and medium enterprises wishing to be host companies can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, they can call 04-6437909.