HRDF to Train 1.2 Million Workers in 2019, Announces 4 New Board Members
Human Resources Minister, M. Kulasegaran announced that the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) will train about 1.2 million Malaysian workers in 2019 utilising the RM900 million HRDF levy that the fund will collect from registered employers.
The Minister's announcement was made in Parliament on Dec 11 after fielding questions on the immediate improvements HRDF has taken following the release of an independent report on the fund's governance framework by an independent governance oversight committee (GOC) on Nov 10.
The GOC found that an ethical framework should be the most important part of the HRDF’s governance structure to serve as an authoritative point of reference, HRDF noted. As such, Kulasegaran said the Ministry of Human Resources will harmonise its efforts with the HRDF to make sure that all Malaysian employees whose companies have registered with HRDF are up-skilled and re-skilled to meet the challenges of digitalisation and automation.
“The HRDF board of directors and the Management of HRDF have been empowered with the decision-making authority to keep to its mandate to spearhead the human capital learning and development of Malaysian employees, ensuring they are prepared to meet the demands driven by the current economic and technological change,” the Human Resources Minister said.
He added that the Ministry of Human Resources and HRDF are looking to establish effective partnerships with public universities and colleges in order to train graduates who are job-ready.
Additionally, the HRDF is also developing a competency matrix in line with industry requirements, which would essentially contribute to the fund’s mandate in upskilling the employees of its registered employers.
In order to achieve these targets, HRDF said it is boosting its efforts to ensure that all liable employers under the PSMB Act 2001 are registered with them.
The Human Resources Minister said “I urge all HRDF-registered employers, individually and through their respective employer associations, to effectively and efficiently utilise your respective HRD levy contribution to HRDF, to accelerate human capital growth in Malaysia.”
Four new members for HRDF
In a separate statement, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) announced today that four new members have been appointed to its board of directors.
The four new members are:
Datuk Raiha Azni Abd Rahman, Petronas senior vice-president of group human resource and a member of the Malaysian Employers Federation.
Sia Tze Yong, retailer and executive director of Everise Departmental Store Sdn Bhd.
Govindasamy Annamalai, deputy president of Educational Welfare and Research Foundation (EWRF), Malaysia and an advisor to EWRF’s Tanjong Malim Branch.
Datuk Abdul Kadir ME Sikkandar, the CEO of BTC Group, a highly diversified organisation that operates with four main member-companies under its fold.
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