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KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 -- The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian Furniture Council (MFC) to implement the Agri commodity Skills Training Programme (SLAM) for the wood-based industry to empower human capital development for the sector.
In a statement today, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said SLAM would be implemented jointly between MTIB and MFC through a skills training programme focusing on industrial field.
“The strategic cooperation between the two entities is seen as the best platform to help in the issues of the shortage of manpower and dependency on foreign labour in the sector.
“The programme targets to produce skilled workforce among local youths through modules developed specifically for industry needs,” he said.
Starting from 2021, Mohd Khairuddin said a total of 500 skilled youths would be produced locally by 2023 and RM750,000 will be allocated for the entire programme.
He said the training modules would be implemented for three months involving 30 per cent theoretical training and 70 per cent via on-job training at factories.
The trainees would be provided training incentives covering free food and drink, accommodation, transport, and insurance, plus RM500 monthly allowance, he said.
“The wood-based SLAM programme is expected to attract the interest of the local youth community and labour force who are skilled to work in the wood-based sector. The benefit from the MTIB and MFC collaboration is in terms of local human capital development who are skilled to work in the furniture sector,” he added.
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