Meeting the goal of developing workers

(From left, front row) Teh, Yeow, Loong, Lim, Lew, Mek Eshah and Mahani and (back row) graduates from the Malaysian Meister programme.

THE Malaysian Meister Programme creates Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) opportunities for Malaysian students.

It prepares students for jobs for the future; and is part of an ecosystem that is supported by the industry, training institutions and the government.

The RM5.9bil allocation via the 2020 Budget to promote TVET, reflects the value and priority the Malaysian government has placed in developing knowledge workers for the new economy.

Established since 2015, the Malaysian Meister Programme (MMP) aims to upskill graduates and re-skill the existing Mechatronic Engineering and Precision Machining workforce.

The MMP includes skills and knowledge in computing, robotics, machine learning, virtualisation techniques and intelligent decision making capabilities.

It answers the industry’s calls of developing a new cluster of high caliber “hands-on engineering technologists” who have strong engineering capabilities coupled with practical industry experience.

So far, approximately 500 students have participated in this programme across eight training institutions all over Malaysia.

Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC), one of the approved training institutions of the MMP, works with industry players to identify suitable Malaysian students to be upskilled to meet the nation’s goal of developing sufficient workers for a knowledge-based economy.

At a graduation ceremony held recently at SHRDC, another 29 students graduated from this programme and had their paid work placements at New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad (NHF), APM Automotive Holdings Berhad and Precimec Sdn Bhd.

“We believe the implementation of the MMP as part and parcel of TVET, is in line with the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 era in education that requires workers who are equipped with the technological know-how and expertise to adapt to a fast evolving industry, ” says

Selangor Human Resource Development Centre chairman Lew Jin Aun.

Supported by the government via the Human Resources Ministry, the programme is adapted from the German Meister (meaning Master Craftsman) Programme.

It is a two-year course where students are trained through a two-pronged approach. It is conducted at both the workplace and training institution in actual work conditions under the guidance of competent coaches and Meister trainers.

“At New Hoong Fatt, we believe our investment in students of today for the technology of tomorrow will pay in the long run, not only for our company but to the betterment of a modern Malaysia.

“We aim to raise the percentage of local workers to what is currently 70% of the workforce to 85%.

“We look forward to seeing more interest from students in this valuable opportunity, ” says New Hoong Fatt managing director Chin Jit Sin.

Also present were SHRDC chief operating officer Teh Sook Ling, NHF human resources manager Marina Yeow, NHF senior general manager Loong Kim Leong, Malaysian Automotive Component Parts Manufacturers chairman Peter Lim, Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) manager Mek Eshah i Awang, NHF human resources manager Mahani Amat Sawal.

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