Y. Bhg. Dato’ Ir. Wan Seman bin Wan Ahmad, Director General, Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia.

On behalf of the Department of Skills Development (DSD), I would like to congratulate Challenger Concept (M) Sdn. Bhd. on the release of the 9th Edition of the Training Guide Malaysia, which is complemented by www. trainingmalaysia.com. This annual guidebook disseminates essential information about the training industry such as the Malaysia TVET training system, profiles of the training providers and training programmes offered, and many useful write-ups about training in Malaysia.

The Department of Skills Development (DSD) (formerly know as the National Vocational Training Council) is one of the agencies under the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia which is responsible for the co-ordination, development and control of skills training in Malaysia. This is in line with the implementation of the National Skills Development Act (2006) on September 1, 2006.

DSD is given the responsibility of producing skilled workers to meet the country’s technological and economic development needs through accredited skills training programmes at accredited centres approved by DSD. DSD is committed in producing a competent, competitive and knowledgeable workforce in various fields at different levels. To keep up with the changing environment of the industry and to meet the national demand for skilled workers, on 19 May 2004 the government decided, as a national agenda, to implement the National Dual Training System (NDTS) starting from 2005 in order to produce 31,500 skilled workers by 2010. DSD is responsible for the introduction and implementation of the system. The current participation of companies and apprentices in the NDTS programmes is very encouraging. Since NDTS is industry-driven as 70% of the training activities take place in the industry, the near future skills training in Malaysia will be shifted from institution-based approach to industry-driven approach.

Besides that, to further strengthen and intensify the skills development and training, the National Skills Development and Training Blueprint (2008 – 2020) will be implemented this year. This blueprint outlines strategies and action plans that will ensure that all parties involved in skills training are moving in the right direction towards achieving the Vision 2020.

DSD acknowledges the untiring efforts of Challenger Concept in promoting skill training programmes through the Training Guide Malaysia and www.trainingmalaysia.com to all who want to upgrade themselves with skills qualification.

Y. Bhg. Dato’ Ir. Wan Seman bin Wan Ahmad
Director General
Department of Skills Development
Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia
Level 7-8, Block D4, Parcel D
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel: 603-8886 5000 Fax: 603-8889 2423

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