Shah Alam, 4th February 2020 – The Malaysian Meister Program 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 government.
The RM5.9 billion 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 Program (MMP) aims to upskill graduates and reskill the existing Mechatronic Engineering and Precision Machining workforce. The MMP includes skills and knowledge in computing, robotics, machine learning, virtualization 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 program across eight training institutions all over Malaysia. Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC), one of the approved training institutions of the MMP, work 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 today at SHRDC, another 29 students graduated from this prestigious program who conducted 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 Mr. Lew Jin Aun, Chairman of Selangor Human Resource Development Centre.
Supported by the Government of Malaysia via the Ministry of Human Resources, the program is adapted from the German Meister (meaning Master Craftsman) Program. It is a 2-year course where students are trained through a two-pronged approach and 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 Mr. Chin Jit Sin, Managing Director of New Hoong Fatt.
SHRDC and NHF are currently recruiting the next batch of students for the MMP. For more information kindly visit http://www.shrdc.org.my/trainee or https://www.autoglobal.com.my/meister
Front row from left to right:
- Ms. Teh Sook Ling, Chief Operating Officer of Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC).
- Ms. Marina Yeow, HR Manager of New Hoong Fatt Holdings Bhd (NHF).
- Mr. Loong Kim Leong, Senior GM of NHF.
- Mr. Peter Lim, Chairman of Malaysian Automotive Component Parts Manufacturers (MACPMA).
- Mr. Lew Jin Aun, Chairman of SHRDC.
- Puan Mek Eshah binti Awang, Manager of Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK).
- Puan Mahani Amat Sawal, HR Manager of NHF.
- NHF’s Graduates from the Malaysian Meister Program.