Malaysia's Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has announced that 400 production technicians will be sent for training under its SLDN-Apprenticeship Scheme, and will then be recruited as highly-skilled employees in Toyo Tyre Malaysia.

Under this scheme, selected students will first be placed in a four-month long 'multiskilling' electrical installation/maintenance programme at Noble School of Engineering in Taiping, then transferred to Toyo Tyre for a six-month long industrial apprenticeship programme.

Upon completion, these students will be accredited as trained production technicians in Toyo Tyre.

In line with this, yesterday, Toyo Tyre granted certifications of participation to students who had already completed their technical and vocational education training (TVET) at the school, while HRDF's Chief Executive Elanjelian Venugopal issued a letter of intent to the company "as a symbol of strategic allegiance" under the scheme.

According to him, the HRDF SLDN-Apprenticeship Scheme aims to train unemployed high school leavers with a special skill set to enable them to obtain a job with a HRDF registered employer upon completion of their training. Around 2,000 students are targeted to benefit from this in 2019.

As such, the partnership between HRD and Toyo Tyre is in line with the government's vision for Malaysia to become a high-income country by 2024.

Further, speaking at the event, YB Dr Ir Muhd Fadhil, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri of Kamunting Taiping, praised Toyo Tyre for its 100% local workers employment and urged other industries to follow this route to open up employment opportunities for Malaysians.

At the same time, Toyo Tyre's President Mike Toh urged the government to allocate more financial capacity to optimise the country's TVET programmes, and called for a more flexible TVET curriculum to fulfil industrial needs.