JOHOR BARU: A total of 20 bio-based industry players in Johor have agreed to join the Johor Bio Talent programme, which is aimed at intensifying the human capital development in the sector.
JBiotech chief executive officer Wan Amir-Jeffery Wan Abdul Majid said the 20 companies would join about 17 other companies that were already involved in the programme last year.
Wan Amir-Jeffery said he believed that the success of last year’s programme contributed to the increase in industry players involved this year.
“Last year, about 71% of 1,831 higher institution students who were trained through the programme managed to get employment before they completed their courses.
“The Johor Bio Talent programme is a part of our efforts to help provide competitive human capital development for industry development,” he said.
The Johor Bio Talent programme was introduced in 2014 by J-Biotech and it is supported by Malaysian Biotechnology Corp Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp) and Malaysian Biotechnology Corp Sdn Bhd (IcoE), under the Higher Education Ministry.
He added that it was also a human capital development programme, which targeted university students with the aim of providing graduates who are capable and meet the needs and skills required by the industry.
Wan Amir-Jeffery said the programme was also introduced to ensure the sustainability of bio-based industry ecosystem.
He pointed out that they were collaborating with the industry players to ensure that each of the exercises and modules used in the programme are relevant.