Help for employees affected by impending closure of tyre factory in Kamunting

Jobseekers affected by Silverstone Bhd’s closure in June getting information from a Northern Corridor Implementation Authority employee during the job fair in Kamunting.

THE Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) is assisting employees from Silverstone Bhd factory in Kamunting gain employment with other companies within the area.

An NCIA spokesperson said it had taken part in a recent job fair organised by the tyre manufacturer and had registered and interviewed those affected, matching them with jobs and other opportunities.

The spokesperson added that the employees were matched with jobs from various NCIA integrated human capital programmes such as JomKerja@NCER, JomNiaga@NCER and NCER Talent Enhancement Programmes (NTEP).

“JomKerja@NCER was mobilised as an immediate response to encourage companies to continue the hiring process and employ vulnerable groups impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Those who register under JomKerja@NCER will be provided with job opportunities and on-the-job training with a focus on reskilling and upskilling followed by soft skills to enhance participants’ competitiveness in the job market.

“Participating companies will also be provided with wage incentives for each worker employed from the programme’s local talent pool of up to RM1,000 per worker for a maximum of six months, ” the spokesperson added.

The tyre manufacturing plant is set to close down in June which will affect about 700 employees, following a restructuring exercise by its parent company in Japan, Toyo Tires Corporation.

The restructuring exercise will see the production of Silverstone tyres moved to Toyo Tire’s other wholly-owned subsidiary, Toyo Tyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

On the JomNiaga@NCER programme, the spokesperson said it would focus on reskilling and upskilling youth, women, small traders and retrenched workers in the B40 category to earn income via job placement at participating SMEs or micro enterprises, or through entrepreneurship.

“Under this programme, participants will undergo modular technical and semi-technical training courses with e-commerce entrepreneurship training for up to three months to enable them to generate an income within a short time.

“The NTEP, meanwhile, will enhance marketability and provide job opportunities for unemployed graduates, contract workers and management trainees through placement at participating companies while providing them with structured on-the-job training.”

The spokesperson said NCIA would also incentivise Toyo Tires under its JomKerja@NCER programme to retain and absorb an additional number of eligible Silverstone staff in their tyre manufacturing plant.

“We will also help other companies that are in the process of retrenching workers in the northern region.

“Unemployed graduates and retrenched workers who want to earn a higher income and continue working are encouraged to register with our programmes.

“NCIA is also facilitating companies that may be expanding in the region or are looking to hire and retain local workers to enhance job creation and retention, ” the spokesperson added. — By IVAN LOH

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