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MIDA: Govt has taken steps to address aerospace industry issues

MIDA: Govt has taken steps to address aerospace industry issues

Malaysia
Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Azman
Mahmud cited as an example, the establishment of the Asia Aerospace City (AAC),
spearheaded by M-AeroTech Sdn Bhd.

“The AAC
has target direct gross national income (GNI) contribution of RM1.1 billion and
RM1.16 billion in investments, leading to the creation of 3,368 highly skilled
jobs by 2020.

“Several
institutions have embarked on aerospace-related training activities to provide
direct support to the industry, by supplying the desired trained and skilled
workers.

“They
include UniKL, University Putra Malaysia, University Science Malaysia, the
International Islamic University and University of Technology Malaysia, which
conduct related courses at diploma and degree levels, ” he added.Azman told
reporters this at a MIDA forum on the aerospace industry, in conjunction with
the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’15), here
today.

He said
at present, Malaysia produced skilled workers for the region with over 300
graduate engineers annually and over 2,000 para-professionals.

He said
there are 56 education and training providers involved in the aerospace sector.

“These
training and education providers need to improve their bachelor’s degree programmes
by aligning with the latest technology and industry trends and facilitate
bridging programmes to fast track employment.

“For
para-professionals, there is a serious supply shortage in the aerostructure
manufacturing sub-sector which requires further investment by the training and
education providers,” Azman added.

He said
while MIDA is able to identify the demand in advance, it is important to create
a platform to share with the supply side, relevant agencies and institutions.

MIDA is
the government’s principal agency for the promotion of the manufacturing and
services sectors in the country. – BERNAMA

New Straits Times : 19/03/2015

19 March 2015
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