KUALA LUMPUR, FEB. 24 – The Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) has sponsored 20 less fortunate youths to undergo a six-month welding skills programme at TPM Engineering Sdn Bhd (TPME), a subsidiary of Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM), beginning next month.

The selected youths, aged between 18 and 30 years old, will undertake the programme on a full-time basis at TPME for the internationally recognized 6G welding competency programme.

The vocational skills training programme is the first such collaboration inked between MAIWP and TPME under the former’s youth development programme for the less fortunate. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by MAIWP Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Hj. Zainal Abidin bin Jaffar, and TPM President and CEO, Dato’ Ir. Haji Mohd Azman Shahidin.

Speaking at a briefing an letter of offer award session ceremony this morning, Dato’ Ir. Haji Mohd Azman Shahidin said TPME was happy to be given the opportunity to serve various organizations, such as MAIWP, in their efforts to promote and upgrade the specialized skills, such as professional welding and engineering services in a slew of industries, which offer Malaysian youth tremendous job opportunities.

He said TPME has carved a niche of providing precision engineering facilities and services to high impact industries such as oil and gas sector, metal fabrication, CNC technology, robotics, green technology, automotive and precision engineering faculties, to name a few.

“Over the years, we have provided not only extensive training programmes to many industrial sectors, but also have helped produce finished products that require precision engineering expertise.

“We are proud to have played an instrumental role as being among the first engineering institution in the country to introduce computer-numerical-controlled technology and robotics in the late 1990s. This speaks volumes of our expertise, technical knowledge and know-how in encouraging local youths to uplift their technical skills for a better tomorrow in the blue collar segment,” he added.

For the MAIWP and TPME collaboration, the intake is limited to 20 trainees per batch. This is to ensure that the vocational students are thoroughly given the proper and concentrated training. It requires a lot of hard work not only from the students, but also to ensure that they adopt the right attitudes and work ethics to uplift their skills and professionalism according to international benchmark.

This international standard six-month welding skills programme is jointly offered by TPME and TWI which enables their vocational graduates to seize job opportunities in the numerous industries even in the global arena.

The TPME-TWI collaboration is among the best vocational skills development platforms for Malaysian youth who are keen to develop and pursue their vocational skills and career in the engineering industries.

Azman said there is currently a shortage of skilled welders in many industries not only in Malaysia, but also worldwide. “We would like to encourage those who are less academically proficient to develop their vocational skills which also offer equally brighter prospects in their career development.”

Upon completion of the 6G welding programme, TPME will assist to secure employment for the 20 MAIWP-sponsored trainees with their panel of potential employers in the engineering industries.

TPME, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TPM, offers contract manufacturing, high precision engineering services and technical consultancy to numerous industries ranging from automotive, oil and gas, aviation to manufacturing of various types of parts and components, machine fabrication complete with design and assembly.  TPME promote technology development, innovation and commercialisation in collaboration with technology-based SMEs.

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