Such workers will undergo training in digital skills, air conditioning maintenance, drone automation for Industry 4.0, and business mindset formation.
Malaysia's electricity company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) will be expanding its TNB Reskilling Malaysia (TRM) programme to support the local gig workers. According to the company's statement, this move is in line with the shift towards digitisation, and will enhance the skills of gig workers to boost the momentum of Malaysia's labour market.
For context, the TRM programme has been implemented by TNB Integrated Learning Solutions (ILSAS) since 2020, when TNB worked with the Government to help Malaysians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and get a job match by undergoing a skills or retraining programme.
To be part of the TRM programme - which is fully sponsored by TNB - gig workers have to:
- Provide a service agreement signed by the employee and the company (service provider);
- Successfully register themselves in businesses under the Companies Commission of Malaysia, or
- Possess business qualifications or related agreements.
TNB's Chief People Officer, Human Resources, Wahizan Abd Rahman said: "The way of working is gradually shifting to remote and hybrid methods, where working from home has become the new norm in Malaysia, and is expected to drive increased demand for gig workers. But many also face challenges in finding a job or business (to work with).
"We believe, this is the right time for gig economy participants to go beyond their current roles and retrain for a better, brighter future."
With that in mind, he added, the TRM programme will help gig workers increase their capacity to be able to explore new and wider gig economic opportunities - and at the end of the day increase their income.
Further shared in the statement, the selection of gig workers via the TRM programme will take place through two sessions in June 2022. "Successful gig employees will undergo training in digital skills, air conditioning maintenance, drone automation for Industry 4.0, and business mindset formation."
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