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MELAKA, March 26 -- Halal Development Corporation Bhd (HDC) and the Melaka Industrial Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Centre (Misdec) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at expanding academic cooperation in terms of training and research, as well as promote collaboration between the two parties.
HDC chief executive officer Hairol Ariffen Sahari said this cooperation was in line with the agency's vision and mission to make halal the first choice in exploring business and provide solutions for business excellence in the halal market space.
This effort and cooperation with Misdec to provide the Halal Apprentice Programme (HAP) showed the importance of the halal industry in the new economy, he said.
“As we know, the global halal industry is huge, with demand breaching US$3 trillion annually. It not only generates big business opportunities but also opens up prospects in employment, value-add on talent development initiatives and offers quality jobs,” he said in a statement today.
The MoU was signed between Hairol Ariffein and Misdec chairman Don Mardzi Ahmad Shamsuddin and witnessed by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
Hairol Ariffein said HDC's credibility in the training development segment of the halal industry was indeed indisputable considering that besides being recognised as the leader in the halal industry in the nation by the Human Resources Ministry, HDC has also been recognised by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency as the Halal Studies Standard developer agency for institutes of higher learning in Malaysia.
To-date, HDC has produced more than 60,000 halal skilled workers or talents since 2007.
“This year, HDC will focus on job placements for the trained group in over 8,000 halal companies, both local and foreign, with the potential to become future employers.
“Besides providing professional halal training, HDC also offers its expertise in facilitating industry players to make a move into the halal market through consultation and advisory services, business matching services as well as Halal Integrated Platform,” he said.
Hairol Ariffein also congratulated Misdec for becoming the first educational institution that offers HAP, besides subjects that covers all aspects of halal.
The programme, offered by Misdec for the first time, will start with 50 students, for a duration of six months.
Meanwhile, Don Mardzi said the cooperation with HDC would strengthen the halal industry ecosystem and their commitment to provide HAP, arrange halal training programmes and assist HDC in establishing a certified centre.
“This cooperation (with HDC) will ensure that our students are equipped with all the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the local and global halal industry, and open more career opportunities for others,” he added.