National carmakers Proton has been conferred as a one-stop center for National Dual Training System program by the Ministry of Human Resources and Department of Skills Development.

As many as 30 graduates received their Malaysian Skills Advanced Diploma certifications, handed out by the Human Resources Minister. During the ceremony, Proton and Department of Skills (JPK) sealed an MoU to embark on a long term development of skilled workers program. Another 25 individuals were also awarded with Yayasan Proton scholarships to pursue their Malaysian Skills certificate. The certificate is a formal nationally recognized formal paper issued by the Government to individuals who have achieved the required capabilities to practise and are equipped with competencies to perform tasks and functions for employment. Adopted in the 10th Malaysia Plan as the single Skills / Vocational Certification for the country, there are now 13 recognized and approved schemes of services by the Public Service Department of Malaysia, for skilled position in the civil service. In time to come, the certificate will become a mandatory qualification to specific and selected jobs.

“In line with the Government’s aim to transform the technical and vocational education and training, the program that we implemented is a testament of the Company’s commitment in developing and producing more skilled workers. As a national car manufacturer, our duty is not just to build cars but to be one of the key drivers of human capital development. Over the years, through technology transfer with strategic and technical collaborations has seen an accelerated learning curve for PROTON and its employees,” Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, Protn’s CEO, said.

He added, “With the exposure, they are not only invaluable to us but also to the rest of the community in the industry. This is part of our corporate social responsibility to provide our employees with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills. In skills development, it is not new for Proton as the collaboration between PROTON and JPK has been established for over 24 years in the field of Automotive Technology. The World Skills Malaysia Belia (“WSMB”) is organized annually to provide the right training skills to the youths and promote the best in innovation at the national level, and subsequently for them to compete at the ASEAN Skills Competition and World Skills Competition.”

Under the Malaysian Skills Certification System of JPK, there are 5 levels of skills which are recognized qualifications to specific and selected jobs. A total of 207 PROTON employees have achieved the SKM, Malaysian Skills Diploma. These qualifications, SKM, DKM and DLKM, are rated as levels 3, 4 and 5, respectively, by the JPK.

At the signing ceremony, Proton also signed an MOU with Akademi Saga. The MoU will see the two parties form a mutually beneficial partnership in the enhancement of skills among the students of AS in relevant courses by ensuring that the courses are moderated by both parties, in accordance with JPK’s approved modules. Proton will also provide venues for the students’ practical training; the development and periodical reviews of the curriculum, modules and training syllabus used in the programmes; providing proper teaching aids and equipment as required by industry standards; and the exchange of latest information, updates and technological developments in the field of automotive. Subject to terms and conditions, AS students excellent results will be given preference to join Proton as employees upon completion of the program.

Edited: Proton