PUTRAJAYA, April 16 – The Ministry of Human Resources is targeting to produce 35,000 skilled workers accredited by Gazelle Group, by the end of this year. Its minister, Datuk Richard Riot Jaem, said the group will give accreditation to skilled workers in the country through the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) programme. “Through this programme, skilled workers who do not have a certificate will receive a certificate of recognition based on experience so that they can ask for a higher salary based on experience,” he told reporters after the launch of the Northern Territory Skills Tour 2014 here Wednesday. The Gazelle Group, a consortium of four leading vocational institutes based in the United Kingdom offering skills-based training, has the experience in implementing RPL there.
He said the programme is also to achieve the ministry’s target of producing 55 per cent of skilled workers by 2020, thus placing Malaysia in the high-income nation status. “Currently, the percentage of skilled workers is 28 per cent and our target is to increase it to 33 per cent by 2015 and eventually to 55 per cent by 2020,” he said. Richard said the ministry was focusing on students keen on skills training to pursue four, five and six levels namely diploma to degree through an institute prepared by the ministry itself. Earlier, Richard flagged off a high-powered motorcycle convoy to Kedah in conjunction with the Northern National Skills Carnival and Expo that will be held at Stadium Darul Aman, Kedah from tomorrow until Sunday.