By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SHAH ALAM, Oct 29 — The government will provide RM80 million to the International Trade and Industry Ministry to fulfill the need for skills in the high value-added activity industries.
Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said this will be used to train 20,000 workers to support industrial clusters including Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) in Subang, Electrical and Electronics (E&E) in Kulim and Chemistry in Gebeng.
In addition, RM50 million will also be provided via state skill development centres, namely in Sarawak, Johor and Penang.
He said this is meant to improve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) skills for 5,000 workers in oil and gas welding, industrial automation, and mechatronics sectors.
“I had a chance to meet Kamarul Muhamed, the founder of Aerodyne Group based in Cyberjaya, and I am very amazed with the development of this Bumiputera company.
“Aerodyne was established in 2014 with only three employees. Today, Aerodyne has grown exponentially and is ranked as the world’s largest company in the drone technology services industry.
“Therefore, to further boost the involvement of local players in the industry, a matching grant worth RM100 million will be provided to the Bumiputera Small and Medium Entrepreneurs to explore opportunities in the aerospace sector,” Tengku Zafrul said when tabling Budget 2022 in the Dewan Rakyat today.
On April 13, the Selangor state government through the Selangor Technical Skills Development Centre (STDC) formed a strategic partnership with Malaysian-based drone services company Aerodyne Group (Aerodyne) to develop specialised skills training for job seekers, focusing on developing drone and data experts in the state.
In the wake of Covid-19 with more people losing their jobs, the state administration embarked on an opportune chance to upskill and reskill its workforce, and help individuals rise to their potential.
Kamarul told Selangor Journal how the company plans to play a part in creating more skilled talents in the DT3 — drone tech, data tech and digital transformation — industry.
“Much like the Selangor government, Aerodyne hopes to see more quality talent in the field,” he said.