Proton today received accreditation from the Ministry of Human Resources and the Department of Skills Development (JPK), as a one-stop centre for the National Dual Training System (SLDN) programme.

Along with the accreditation, Proton also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the department to ensure the continued development of the skilled workers programme. The national carmaker’s collaboration with JPK isn’t new, as it has been established for over 24 years in the field of Automotive Technology.

“In line with the government’s aim to transform the technical and vocational education and training, the programme that we implemented is a testament of the company’s commitment in developing and producing more skilled workers,” said Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, CEO of Proton.

“As a national car manufacturer, our duty is not just to build cars but to be one of the key drivers of human capital development. Over the years, through technology transfer with strategic and technical collaborations has seen an accelerated learning curve for Proton and its employees,” he added.

Also present at the event were 30 recipients of the Malaysian Skills Advanced Diploma (DLKM), who received their certificates from Datuk Seri Richard Riot Anak Jaem, minister of human resources. Meanwhile, another 25 individuals were also awarded with Yayasan Proton scholarships to pursue their Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM).

The SKM is a formal nationally recognised certificate issued by the government to individuals who have achieved the required capabilities to practice and are equipped with competencies to perform tasks and functions for employment.

Each year, the World Skills Malaysia Belia (WSMB) programme is held to provide the right training skills to youth, and to promote the best in innovation at the national level. Thereafter, they will compete at the ASEAN Skills Competition and World Skills Competition, with the latter taking place this year in Abu Dhabi.

Under the SKM system by JPK, there are five levels of skills that are recognised qualifications to specific and selected jobs. A total of 207 Proton employees have managed to achieve the SKM, Malaysian Skills Diploma (DKM) and DLKM, which are rated as levels 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

“Proton has seen positive effects from these trainings on our employees in terms of effectiveness and quality of work. Today, with 30 employees graduating under the DLKM, and 35 to be recognised as approved internal SLDN trainers, demonstrate a commendable achievement for Proton in its effort to further improve and enhance its products and services,” stated Fuaad.

Proton also signed a separate MoU with Akademi Saga (AS) that will see both parties form a partnership in the enhancement of skills among AS students by ensuring the courses are moderated in according with JPK-approved modules.

As part of the partnership, Proton will provide venues for the students’ practical training; develop and review the curriculum, modules and syllabus used in the programmes; providing proper teaching aids and equipment according to industry standards; and exchange the latest information and developments in the automotive field.

“For those 25 recipients of the Yayasan Proton scholarships into AS, we believe it will motivate them to study hard and learn as much as they can to become competent automotive professionals in the near future. Knowledge is important, but putting the knowledge to good use is priceless,” said Fuaad.