MTIB, MFC launch agri commodity skills for wood-based sector

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian Furniture Council (MFC) to implement the Agri Commodity Skills Training Programme (Slam) for the wood-based industry to empower human capital development for the sector.

In a statement, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said Slam would be implemented jointly between MTIB and MFC through a skill-training programme focusing on industrial field.

“The strategic cooperation between the two entities is seen as the best platform to help in the issues of the shortage of manpower and dependency on foreign labour in the sector.

“The programme targets to produce skilled workforce among local youths through modules developed specifically for industry needs, ” he said.

Starting from 2021, Mohd Khairuddin said a total of 500 skilled youths would be produced locally by 2023 and RM750,000 will be allocated for the entire programme.He said the training modules would be implemented for three months involving 30% theoretical training and 70% via on-job training at factories.

The trainees would be provided incentives covering food, accommodation, transport, and insurance and a RM500 monthly allowance, he said. — Bernama

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