Reskilling scheme for 2,000 Malaysia Airlines staff

MAG group CEO Captain Izham Ismail said this initiative is offered voluntarily and subjects to job pre-requisites and selection criteria of the receiving department.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) is offering upskilling and reskilling programme to more than 2,000 employees, mainly pilot, cabin crew and other front-line community employees.

It said on Thursday the MH EDGILE programme was for employees affected due to the current reduced network and operational capacity caused by the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation.

The programme is to enable employees to create an individual competitive edge and be agile to drive operational sustainability.

“MH EDGILE provides opportunities for the employees to be upskilled and reskilled for other job competencies either in specialised competency such as facilities management and audit or general and trainable areas such as sales and IT helpdesk, ” it said.

MAG said most importantly, the programme enables employees to lend their expertise and services to support the long-term business sustainability of the company, and explore new avenues to grow and develop their potential in the group.

It added that subject to approval, these group of employees will be temporarily re-assigned to support other departments that require workforce for critical roles or job functions resulting from the constrained workforce due to added deliverables and attrition.

MAG group CEO Captain Izham Ismail said with the pandemic still showing little sign of improvement, forcing some airlines to halt operations and ground almost fleet, “it is important for us to prepare our workforce with new skill sets to become more efficient in their current roles or shift into emerging positions as well as to support the business goals”.

He said this initiative is offered voluntarily and subjects to job pre-requisites and selection criteria of the receiving department.

All assignments will be on a full-time basis; however, employees will still be allowed to maintain their job license validity.

The period of the interim assignment will be dependent on the company’s business and operational requirements.

Employees with the approved application will be equipped with the knowledge and new skill sets through coaching and training to prepare for the new role.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd’s group chief human capital officer, Datuk Mohd Khalis Abdul Rahim said the programme was a journey to transform MAG employees into future workforce adaptable to new challenges in the post-Covid-19 world.

“At MAG, we strongly believe in developing talents and creating a culture of continuous improvement to drive the long-term business sustainability of the group.

“We are embracing the Lean and Agile work culture and digitalisation simultaneously to take full advantage of the opportunities the new norm has to offer. Therefore, improving work qualities and amplifying learning are central to success.”

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