VTAR Training Programme
The Malaysian manufacturing industry has long been facing a staff shortage issue. To address this issue affecting the industry and develop more proficient Malaysian machinist for the industry, EDM Machining Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd (EMSSB) a subsidiary of the group, had begun a training programme in association with Vocational Tunku Abdul Rahman (VTAR) and industrial partners. The training programme kickstarted in September 2022.
The 6-months training programme is a fully sponsored by EMSSB and training partners. For the entire training period, the trainees are provided with accommodation and an allowance of RM 1,000 each month. The trainees are trained practically in actual working environment with short theory classes slotted in daily. Trainees are required to first go through the standard trainings, and they will then be specialized in departments that suit their talent best. Upon completion, the trainees will be taken in as permanent staff of the training partners.
Despite being a lucrative industry closely linked to Malaysia’s semiconductor industry, bio-medical, electrical and electronics manufacturing, the precision mould, tool and die industry is not well known to the current generation. Coupled with the lack of talent development in tertiary education and vocational training, the industry is severely dependent on foreign workers. This training programme is an attempt by our group to bring the industry back into the spotlight while developing talents to sustain the industry. The training programme is expected to produce 72 trainees each year with a budget of RM300,000.