"...(AMCHAM) then collaborated with USAINS Holding to run the INBASE courses to catalyse the electronic and electrical engineering (E&E) industry up the value chain in both design and development."

Penang, 6 April 2018 — American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) & USAINS Holding, the corporate arm of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), today hosted a special certificate award ceremony to commemorate the achievement of 298 successful participants under the Industry Based Certification Programme (INBASE) offered by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).

Course under the INBASE programmes is aimed to advance the industrial up-skilling of engineering professionals, alongside Master of Science (Electronic Systems Design Engineering) course run by USM.

At the ceremony, HRDF Chief Executive Dato’ CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran lauded the achievements of the participants, adding that their success was a testament to INBASE.

 

“INBASE, under HRDF’s Human Capital Strategic Initiatives, was introduced by our Sectorial Training Committees (STCs) to prepare the Malaysian workforce for the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution. This coming digital age, which brings with it greater automation and digitalisation, will see the displacement of many traditional jobs and the creation of many higher-skilled jobs — hence the urgent need to re-skill, up-skill and multi-skill ourselves for us to remain competitive,” said Vignaesvaran.

Allocated RM33.3 million by HRDF, the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) then collaborated with USAINS Holding to run the INBASE courses to catalyse the electronic and electrical engineering (E&E) industry up the value chain in both design and development.

The pilot programme involving 490 engineers, covers areas: Industrial Up-skilling, a 6 month-technical training programme for fresh Engineering graduates; Advanced Up-skilling, a 20-day technical training programme; and a Postgraduate Master of Science, a year-long Master’s degree programme, for engineering professionals.

 

The 121 engineers under the Industrial Up-skilling programme completed their training in five classes, and all found employment within six months after their training. The Advanced Up-skilling programme saw 152 engineers complete the course over eight classes, while the postgraduate Master of Science programme saw 25 engineers graduated from 1 class, with another 98 from 4 classes still pursuing their studies.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to AMCHAM and HRDF for making these programmes a reality. We are honored to receive and be a part of this tri-part collaboration, and today see the fruits of this working together. I am very glad to see 298 engineers have completed their training in these programs,” said Y. Bhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail, FASc, Vice-Chancellor of USM during her opening remarks.

“I am very pleased to announce that the programs designed by USAINS is well-accepted by the industry, as the training is tailored to industry-relevant hands-on courses, for example, best design practices using industry EDA tools, application-based embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) training, all-around Industry 4.0 hands-on training, and so on. These training support the government’s E&E strategic initiatives to move the industry up the value chain in design and development,” said Dato’ Wong Siew Hai, Chairman of MAEI, AMCHAM.

“We were honored to be have been asked to run this successful program and congratulate all those who participated. The E&E is an important sector for American business in Malaysia. Many companies are or have increased their investment in higher value-added activities,” said Siobhan Das, Executive Director, American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)

        Fast Facts

  • Over 200 engineers receive certificate awards for completion of the Industry Based Certification Programme (INBASE)
  • The Human Resources Fund (HRDF) had allocated RM33.3 million to the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) to run the programme, aimed at moving the electronic and electrical engineering industry up the value chain in design and development

17/04/2018