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      17 May 2019  

SEDIA Facilitates Funding for Skills Training Programmes in Sabah
 

Kimanis (Friday) - The Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) this morning held a briefing for several public skills training institutions and skills development centres, on the Contestable Funding Programme during the Eleventh Malaysia Plan. The programme is implemented to encourage these institutions and centres to offer competitive skills training programmes at reasonable cost, while also providing employment opportunities as trainers. The briefing was provided by Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) Assistant Manager Syaidatul Nuraiza binti Zahari.

 
  SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub Johari presenting a memento to PTPK Assistant Manager Syaidatul Nuraiza binti Zahari

In line with the Government's intent to produce a highly skilled workforce, the implementation of this programme focuses on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and is based on industrial demand that will help Malaysia move towards a high-income nation. The programme was among the recommendations suggested in the TVET Human Capital Demand and Supply study by the Federal Economic Planning Unit and the Prime Minister's Department in 2016, towards addressing the skills gap and meeting industry needs, and is a performance-based funding mechanism that focuses on high priority sectors based on industry requirements. The mechanism is based on a similar model in Australia, whereby the Australian government provides a fund that training institutions will compete for by offering cost-effective training programmes. The fund will be provided through PTPK, and SEDIA will function as the coordinator in Sabah.

SEDIA was established on January 15, 2009, through the adoption of Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority Enactment 2009. Through the enactment, SEDIA is vested with the necessary power to serve as the One-Stop Authority to plan, coordinate, promote and accelerate the development of SDC. SDC was launched earlier on January 29, 2008 during the Ninth Malaysia Plan as one of Malaysia's five regional economic corridors, with the aim to accelerate the growth of Sabah's economy, promote regional balance and bridge the urban-rural divide, while ensuring sustainable management of state resources.

SEDIA acts as a One-Stop Centre linking industry players (demand) and TVET institutions (supply), and playing the facilitating/coordinating role in the human capital development arena. Apart from serving as a mentor of the CEO Faculty of Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic, SEDIA is also represented at the National Skills Development Council. SEDIA has been involved in TVET collaboration since a meeting held on February 6, 2015 which was attended by the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) under the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Department of Polytechnic Education, Vocational Technical Education Division, and Community College Education Department. As a result, various programmes have been organised in collaboration with TVET institutions in Sabah. These programmes include Industry Players Engagement Sessions and Karnival Kerjaya 2015-2017 with Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic, as well as the rural skills development programmes with community colleges in Beaufort and Tambunan and the Keningau Vocational College. In addition, SEDIA also collaborates with training providers from the private sector who are members of the SLDN Skills Training Centre Association, organising the Skills Development Programme for housewives and single mothers in rural areas.

The briefing was held at the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP), and had concluded with a tour of its facilities. With an estimated area of 185 acres, SAIP is envisaged as a centre of excellence in agro-biotechnology that optimises the state's biodiversity and abundant natural resources to produce higher value-added food and specialty products based on botanicals, aquatic plants and animals. By 2017, all of the physical construction works on phases one and two of SAIP project development, together with the procurement of various machinery and equipment, have been completed. These two phases of development consist of six facility infrastructure, housing the Administration and Incubation Centre, Research, Development, Commercialisation and Innovation Laboratory, Post-Harvest Collection and Handling centre, food processing Production Line Facility, Herb Manufacturing centre, and CEF greenhouses. The machinery and equipment at SAIP include over 45 laboratory equipment, specific for conducting plant tissue culture, horticulture research, product development, and food analysis. More than 90 types of machinery and equipment are also provided for agriculture and herb downstream processing. SAIP is also currently undergoing certification for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

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