Developing human capital, building the nation

HRDF chief executive Datuk CM Vignaesvaran

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and the Education Sectorial Training Committee (STC) will be hosting a two-day flagship event, The HRDF Trainers’ Conference 2016 on October 11 and 12, 2016.

The conference will be launched by Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur.

The flagship conference will witness the presence of over 10 knowledgeable educators and training and development experts – locally and from abroad – who will take on key roles as speakers, panellists and moderators. The conference is expected to host 1,000 participants from all over country.

Themed, ‘Catalyse, Elevate and Grow’, the conference aims to strengthen the training techniques and sharpen the delivery skills of participants while creating a platform for industry experts and practitioners to network face-to-face.

“The main objective of this conference is to update trainers and training providers with the latest industrial knowledge and information that will help to improve the quality of their delivery and also to encourage the sharing of new tools, techniques and methodologies in training, and learning and development.

“These will result in better value and outcomes towards the development of Malaysia’s human capital,” HRDF chief executive Datuk CM Vignaesvaran said in a statement.

“Training providers are instrumental in supporting the Government’s agenda of a high income status nation by 2020 through a 35% skilled local workforce.

“For us to achieve this target we have to be concerted in our efforts to provide quality training programmes through more certifications and high impact courses which can be effectively executed through a more competent, creative and up-to-date trainers for improved training content and delivery,” Vignaesvaran said.

In line with this aspiration, the Government has initiated several programmes under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) that focus on accelerating human capital development through four major areas which are:

• Improving the efficiency of labour market to accelerate economic growth;

• Transforming  technical and vocational education to meet industry demand;

• Strengthening lifelong learning for skills enhancement; and

• Improving the quality of education system for better student outcomes and institutional excellence.

For the “Strengthening Lifelong Learning for Skills Enhancement” programme, HRDF has been given the mandate to improve the regulatory and funding support to broaden access by expanding the coverage of the PSMB Act, 2001 to cover more subsectors under the services and agriculture sectors.

This expansion is expected to increase the number of employees that are eligible for training under HRDF from the current 1.77 million to 2.8 million by the year 2020, an increment of 58%.

In line with this, CM Vignaesvaran drove home a strong point by saying that quality and quantifiable trainings were able to not only improve the core competencies of employees but also enhance their overall business sense.

Key speakers, panellists and moderators for the conference included Imran Kunalan – the Principal consultant of Huawei Technologies Limited; Gupardeep Singh – Vice President, Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU); and RA Thiagarajan - President of Malaysia Training Provider Association.

The early bird and normal fees for the HRDF Trainers’ Conference 2016 is RM848 nett and RM1, 060 nett per person, respectively and inclusive of prevailing taxes.

There is also provision of training incentive for Small Medium Enterprise (SME) employers who are registered with HRDF; which covers the conference fees for a maximum of 2 participants. Daily allowances and air flights depending on location of employer’s premise from venue of conference are also provided.

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