After signing a memorandum of understanding with the GIATMARA vocational skills training institute in November 2016, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) today launched the Superbikes Training Programme at the GIATMARA centre in Batu Caves, Selangor. The event also saw the exchange of a Memorandum of Agreement between the KMSB and GIATMARA.

The event was officiated by Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri and the programme is designed to produce trained technicians with experience and expertise in servicing Kawasaki superbikes. Sabri said GIATMARA trainees will obtain four months of skills training at the fully-equipped Kawasaki workshop at the GITAMARA centre before proceeding to three months of industrial training at the Kawasaki Exclusive Service Centre in Glenmarie.

Upon successful completion of training, the technicians will have the option of working at KMSB or authorised Kawasaki dealers throughout Malaysia, or obtaining a grant from MARA to set up their own workshop specialising in superbikes. The training workshop in the GIATMARA centre was setup at a cost exceeding RM100,000, including Kawasaki diagnostic equipment, specialised tools and an engine assembly clean room.

Meanwhile, Sabri said GIATMARA is also in the process of training qualified electrical technicians to meet the demands of Malaysia’s electrified rail network. These include existing networks such as the MRT and LRT, as well as the High Speed Rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the East Coast Rail Line.