1Malaysia Training Programme with an allocation of RM200 million from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) was implemented on April 2011. This is part of the RM500 million fund allocated under the Government’s 2011 Budget. Main purpose of 1Malaysia Training programme is to provide opportunity for employees under the HRDF registered employers to undergo up-skilling and reskilling training. As such, courses offered under this programme are up-skilling and re-skilling based.
Apart from the RM200 million allocation from HRD levy, HRDF has also allocated an additional fund of RM40 million as training incentive. This additional value added service offered by PSMB is meant to encourage the registered employers to participate in the 1Malaysia Training Programme, thus, enhance the skills of their employees Through the additional fund, employers who utilised the HRDF under the 1Malaysia Training Programme will receive training incentive of 20% based on the training fee.
In 2011, 442,000 training places with a financial assistance of RM187 million had been approved under this scheme. Additional fund of RM12.75 million was also approved to finance the 20% component of the course fee.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- Create a pool of competent, well trained, knowledgeable, and skilled workforce through training courses that will help employees to attain higher skills level (upskill) and to gain new skills (reskill);
- Increase the number of skilled workforce; and
- Increase the productivity level of employees in order to enable them to contribute toward achieving the business objectives of 3 their organisation, which in return, would enable the employers to commensurate the contributions with higher income. This is in-line with the Government policy to achieve a high-income economy by 2020.
- The type of training offered under the programme is application based, where employees are able to apply what they have learnt, thus enhancing their competency in executing current or future jobs. The training courses can be in a modular form, certification programmes, and recognition of skills or enhancement in academic qualifications.
- Selection of training courses is based on value added embedded in the programmes to upskill employees such as professional certification, Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia, or courses that will provide employees with new skills. Training courses that have been selected will be compiled into a training directory and be circulated to employers through mail. It will also be uploaded into PSMB website for employers to access.
- Under the programme, training courses can be conducted either at the employers' premises, training providers' premises or at industry and skills development centres. Training can be implemented on a full time or part time basis during or after working hours or during weekends.