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An Educated Workforce
Last Updated : 17/3/2017 9:24 AM

  • Malaysia offers potential investors with young, educated and productive workforce at costs competitive with other countries in Asia.
  • Backed by the government's continued support of human resource development in all sectors, makes the quality of Malaysia's workforce is one of the best in the region.
  • Literacy levels are high and school leavers entering the job market in Malaysia have at least 11 years of basic education.

High Priority on Education

  • Education and training are accorded high priority in national development under Malaysia's five-year development plans.
  • To date, there are 20 public and 21 private universities and as well as more than 400 colleges, polytechnics and industrial training institutes that offer courses leading to certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate degree qualifications.

Industrial Training

  • In 1993, the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) was launched by the government to encourage training, retraining and skills upgrading in the private sector.
  • The Department of Skills Development (DSD) formerly known as the National Vocational Training Council under the Ministry of Human Resources coordinates the setting up of all public and private training institution, evaluates the demand for existing and future skills, identifies future vocational and industrial training needs and will continue to develop standard under the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS).
  • Collaborative efforts between the Malaysian government, enterprises and foreign governments have resulted in the establishment of several advanced skills training institutes such as the German-Malaysian Institute, Malaysia France Institute, Japan Malaysia Technical Institute, British Malaysia Institute and Malaysian Spanish Institute.

Harmonious Industrial Relations

  • Industrial relations in the country are harmonious with minimal trade disputes that result in strikes
  • Malaysia's labour laws safeguard the interests and spell out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, thus providing a legal framework for the orderly conduct of industrial relations in the country.

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