KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — The Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) will function as the central agency for all human capital development programmes, in line with the rebranding of the agency under the Human Resource Ministry (KSM) today, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The prime minister said the government had also decided to place all upskilling and reskilling training programmes under KSM, to be managed by HRD Corp to avoid duplication.
“This effort will be realised through an integrated platform or ‘single window’ for Malaysians to search and apply for skills development programmes offered by the government.
“This integrated platform will be accessed by more than one million Malaysians next year,” he said when launching the new branding of HRD Corp and Upskill Malaysia one-stop platform here.
Ismail Sabri said 5,000 courses would be offered by various ministries and government agencies with government financing for the benefit of 220,000 participants expected to sign up for the programmes.
The prime minister is confident that HRD Corp, previously known as Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (HRDF), can continue to support Malaysia’s vision to become a high-income nation based on the digital economy, through the development of Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family).
“This is in line with the aspiration of the government as enshrined in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), based on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” he added.
Ismail Sabri said the two main components of 12MP, namely Economic Empowerment and Social Engineering, require initiatives which create job opportunities and skills training for all strata of society.
He hoped HRD Corp can bring great benefits and give a major impact to the country for the long term, consistent with the agency’s mission to enhance the standard of living of Malaysians through life-long learning and to fulfil job requirements in the future.
“It is my hope that HRD Corp will continue to support human capital development efforts through more skills training, upskilling and reskilling programmes which will bring benefit to Keluarga Malaysia,” he added.