KUALA LUMPUR – GiatMara has been assigned a new role of training and providing expert workforce to meet the needs of the growing national rail industry.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said initially, the training institution would provide 760 places for trainees to attend the course.
“As we know, we are talking about the MRT, LRT, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project and the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, which require many experts.
“I wish to inform that the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) has assigned the latest role to GiatMara, that is to provide a new train-related course,” he told reporters after attending the Giatmara Raya 4All 2017 event, here, today.
He said 24 GiatMara centres nationwide would be conducting the training course while the training modules would be developed by the training centre in collaboration with the railway industry.
He said intake for the course was now open and interested youths could apply directly to GiatMara.
Ismail Sabri said besides GiatMara, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) under Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) had also been providing a course related to the rail industry.
“For UniKL, we are working with a railway company from Japan, one from China and also Rapid Rail under Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd to provide the course,” he said, adding that the move would prevent the country from relying on overseas experts.
At the event, Ismail Sabri also presented letters of appreciation to three GiatMara trainers who will represent the country at the World Skills Competition 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in October. – BERNAMA