MALAYSIA: The government has appointed the Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) as the rebranded central agency for all human capital development programmes under the Human Resource Ministry.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government had placed all KSM upskilling and reskilling training programmes under the management of HRD Corp.
“This effort will be realised through an integrated platform or ‘single window’ for Malaysians to search and apply for skills development programmes offered by the government. This integrated platform will be accessed by more than one million Malaysians next year,” said the Prime Minister during the recent relaunch of HRD Corp and Upskill Malaysia one-stop platform.
Ismail Sabri added that various ministries and government agencies will offer 5,000 government-funded courses for 220,000 prospective participants of the programme.
The prime minister is confident that HRD Corp, formerly known as Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad, can continue to support Malaysia’s vision to become a high-income digital economy.
“This is in line with the aspiration of the government as enshrined in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), based on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” he added.
The PM said the two main components of 12MP, Economic Empowerment and Social Engineering, call for the creation of job opportunities and skills training for all social strata.
“It is my hope that HRD Corp will continue to support human capital development efforts through more skills training, upskilling and reskilling programmes which will bring benefit to Keluarga Malaysia,” he added.
He said the agency introduced various programmes in the past 18 months to protect existing jobs and create new opportunities for Malaysians.
“These include skills training and income-generating programme PENJANA HRDF which was introduced in June 2020 and has helped almost 100,000 participants through five main schemes, namely Place & Train, B40 Development, Gerak Insan Gemilang, Industrial Revolution 4.0 and SME Development,” he cited.
HRD Corp has also initiated a free online training hub, e-LATiH, with 154,000 registered students and 400,000 enrollees in more than 400 training courses.
HRD Corp has collected levies and distributed funds for skills training by registered employers, with almost RM420 million (USD100 million) in spendings in 2020 for more than 416,000 workers.
The levy collection in 2021 was seen to reach RM680 million (USD161 million). Part of it had been used to train 500,000 workers.
Meanwhile, Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said the government is aiming to train 220,000 Malaysians by 2022 through the portal’s more than 200 programmes in 35 fields of expertise.
He said HRD Corp would continue to produce initiatives throughout the nation’s recovery phase to enhance Malaysia’s human capital.
“These include online shopping platform Jana’Preneur and the skills training programme for placement of former convicts, Second Chances and Opportunities for People to Excel (Scope), and the introduction of reforms to the National Human Resource Centre (NHRC), which will play an important role as a ‘think tank’ at the national level.
Saravanan stressed that the rebranding demonstrated the commitment and new direction of HRD Corp as the central custodian of Malaysian skills and human capital development.