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PM: HRD Corp to boost talent development

PM: HRD Corp to boost talent development

PUCHONG: The prime minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri has launched the new brand of Human Resources Development Corporation (HRD Corp) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center today.

In his speech, Ismail Sabri said, HRD Corp has been at the forefront of developing a highly-skilled knowledge-based workforce in Malaysia for the past three decades.

“I am pleased to announce that all Malaysian human capital and skills development programs will be placed under the Ministry of Human Resources and will be managed centrally by HRD Corp.

“This enables the government to embark on a more cohesive, structured, and efficient talent development strategy that can drive Malaysia’s post -pandemic economic recovery,” he said here today.

The agency was formerly known as the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), under a ministry that works to collect levy collections from registered employers and issue training grants for training programs as well as to upgrade employees ’skills.

In the same ceremony, the Prime Minister also officiated the country’s first national one-stop platform, UpskillMalaysia which will feature a comprehensive list of training and skills development programs offered by the Malaysian government.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan expressed his appreciation to Ismail Sabri who recognized KSM and HRD Corp as the main catalysts for Malaysia’s human capital development initiatives.

“This new responsibility comes just in time as it has expanded its levy program to cover 18 sectors and 238 sub-sectors, compared to only three sectors and 63 sub-sectors previously.

“This implementation will enable HRD Corp to cover up to 6.1 million employees over the next five years,” he said.

Included in HRD Corp’s initiative is the Second Chances & Opportunities for People to Excel (SCOPE) program in collaboration with the Malaysian Prisons Department (JPM) to provide training and employment to ex-detainees.

The agency will also launch a similar program to help senior citizens, single mothers, and women from the B40 group as well as people with disabilities (OKU).

Also present at the ceremony were the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad; Minister of Economy, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed; Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Awang Hashim and Chairman of the Board of HRD Corp, Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh