Perodua Perda

The Penang Regional Development Authority (PERDA) and Perodua today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together with the aim of upskilling the youths of Penang in the automotive sector. This will be done via sharing of resources and knowledge.

“This co-operation will realise our vision of helping youths, especially those from Penang who are interested in the automotive sector and wish to pursue a career in the field. We would like to thank Perodua as this co-operation will of a big impact to ICU JPM in general and to PERDA specifically,” said Datuk Seri Ahmad Zaki Ansore Mohd Yusof, director-general of the Prime Minister’s Department’s Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU JPM).

Under the MoU, PERDA will offer its PERDA-TECH facility to Perodua for the latter to use as a technical training centre, as well as accommodation for Perodua’s trainers in the northern region. Perodua meanwhile will supply training material such as electronics, machines and training cars – just like in a Perodua service centre – to be shared with PERDA-TECH, which has automotive certificate and diploma courses.

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The RM250,000 cost of equipping the building includes the above-mentioned, plus engine simulators and workshop tools. PERDA has forked out RM170,000 to refurbish the building and workshops to host the Perodua Technical Training Centre. Both Ahmad Zaki and Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh described it as a “win-win situation”.

The Perodua boss explained that on average, Perodua will be using the facility for only six months in a year for training purposes, and this sharing agreement with PERDA will maximise the usage of the building. Also, Perodua personnel from the northern region will no longer have to travel to the Klang Valley for training.

With the carmaker’s input (its trainers will train PERDA’s trainers) and the provision of industrial training for PERDA’s students, the youths will acquire skills that are tailored to the industry’s needs. Perodua has the first right of refusal in the hiring of PERDA-TECH graduates.

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“We hope that this joint initiative will help shape youths to be better individuals and big assets to the country, especially in the automotive industry,” Aminar added.

Established in 1983 and placed under the administration of ICU JPM in 2005, PERDA’s goal is to improve socioeconomics and standard of living via the development of human capital and entrepreneurship, and housing development projects.