JOB CREATION EMPLOYMENT
Malaysia –The Malaysian automotive manufacturing and after-sales sectors will generate 180,000 new jobs by 2020, thanks to various new initiatives under the National Automotive Policy (NAP) revisions.
Madani Sahari, CEO of Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), said human capital development is a key focus for the new NAP and, according to recent reports, will be addressed in Cabinet soon.
“The various initiatives under the NAP will create almost 180,000 new jobs. We expect to generate employment totalling 87,520 and 90,000 within the manufacturing and after-sales sectors respectively,” he told StarBiz .
Madani said the new manufacturing jobs will include designers (6,900), engineers (8,400), executives (6,720), technicians (15,000), skilled workers (25,500) and semi-skilled workers (15,000).
As for the sales sector, it would include technicians (36,000) and skilled workers (54,000).
“It is expected that 80% of the foreign workers in the manufacturing sector will be replaced by local skilled and semi-skilled workers by then,” Madani said.
He said human capital development issues were not sufficiently addressed in the 2006 and 2009 NAP revisions. The 2012 revised policy will include initiatives to align undergraduate programmes at public universities to meet the automotive requirements.
“Malaysia needs to have adequate and competent manpower at all levels to be competitive by the time we become a developed nation come 2020,” he said.
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