New hands-on training programme to benefit both factories and employees

Celestica Electronics Asia operations head Yong Chong Chin (third from left) receiving the SLDN from JPK Competency Certification Division director Mohd Shukri Ismail (third from right) while Wong (second from left) looks on.

THE Academy in Factory (AiF) initiative that provides hands-on training to those interested in working in factories can boost Johor’s efforts in drawing investors.

Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association (MSIA) president Datuk Seri Wong Siew Hai said the 18-month training programme for potential employees would create more talents to cater to the state’s growing manpower needs.

“Factories providing AiF will employ the trainees when they complete the programme and meet all requirements to receive certification,” he said.

If the trainees are unable to complete the programme in 18 months, they can continue until all requirements are met.

“It is a learning process and we want to make sure the trainees are able to meet the needs of the factories hiring them.

“When we have good talents, then people will come,” he said at the soft launch of Celestica Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd’s training programme under the AiF initiative.

Siti Nurafiedah says AiF is a great opportunity for those unable to continue their studies.Siti Nurafiedah says AiF is a great opportunity for those unable to continue their studies.

The company is also the first in Johor to receive the National Dual Training System (SLDN) letter of accreditation from the Skills Development Department (JPK), qualifying it to provide training under the AiF programme.

“The idea to provide the AiF programme started last year when factories in the electrical and electronic sector faced difficulties getting manpower,” said Wong.

“We got the relevant government agencies and departments involved.

“This programme ensures factories have workers who meet their requirements,” said Wong.

During the launch, Celestica Electronics invited teachers from several schools and Orang Asli representatives in Johor to share information on training opportunities.

“We are keen to provide the training, which includes both theoretical and practical knowledge, to those who have sat for their SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia),” said Wong.

Muhammad Firdaus is keen to take up the training offered by his company to improve himself.Muhammad Firdaus is keen to take up the training offered by his company to improve himself.

“It is a win-win situation where the trainee gets a chance to build a career while the factories get suitable workers.”

Nineteen-year-old Siti Nurafiedah Boby, who represented the Simpang Arang Orang Asli village, wanted to find out more about AiF for herself as well as for her peers.

“I see this programme as a great opportunity, especially for those who may not have the means to continue their studies,” said the factory operator.

“There are many of us who want a chance to build a good career but due to financial constraints and other limitations, we are unable to further our studies.

“Through the AiF programme, we can have better employment opportunities as a technician instead of settling for any job that comes our way.”

Celestica Electronics worker Muhammad Firdaus Naiem, 29, was keen to take up the training offered by his company.

“It is very important for us to continue learning, This will help in my career growth and allow me to take up more responsibilities in the company in the future,” he said.

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