TalentCorp Collaborates with JPPKK and MEF on Hospitality Industry Talent Development Initiative

  • Tourism sector expected to continue creating employment opportunities for Malaysians 
  • Tripartite collaboration to improve coordination of industry–academia talent efforts 

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 June 2019: Towards the adoption of a structured and more collaborative approach to talent development for Malaysia’s hospitality industry, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) today exchanged Certificates of Collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (JPPKK) as well as the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) – Hotel Chapter for the establishment of the Malaysian Hospitality & Tourism Talent Development Consortium (MHTTDC). The certificate exchange ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Human Resources, YB Dato’ Haji Mahfuz Bin Haji Omar.

Given that tourism is a prime contributing sector to Malaysia’s economy, the collaboration will aim to address the talent challenges faced by the sector by synergising industry and academia and improving employers’ access to an untapped talent pool of graduates from public and private institutions (IPTA and IPTS) of higher education as well as technical and vocational education training (TVET) institutions.

“Malaysia’s tourism sector contributed RM84.1 billion to economic growth in 2018, with employment in the industry contributing 23.2 per cent to total employment nationally the year before that. Given its strong growth and backed by positive catalysts such as the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, the sector is expected to continue creating employment opportunities for all Malaysians, particularly the youth,” said YB Dato’ Haji Mahfuz in his speech at the ceremony, which took place at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) earlier today.

He added that the establishment of the MHTTDC as a tripartite collaboration between TalentCorp, JPPKK and MEF would open the door to the implementation of effective interventions and human capital development initiatives to ensure the availability of a sustainable talent pipeline specifically for Malaysia’s hotel and tourism industry.

Following the certificate exchange ceremony, YB Dato’ Haji Mahfuz had a closed-door dialogue with representatives from over 50 hospitality industry partners. The dialogue touched on current conditions, issues, challenges and opportunities related to sustainable talent development for the sector.

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, TalentCorp’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mahuran Saro Sariki said, “The idea for MHTTDC was mooted to ensure a structured approach to addressing prevalent talent issues in the tourism sector, over and above ensuring the sector’s talent needs are well supported for continued growth and vibrancy.” She further highlighted that TalentCorp aimed to expand the initiative to encompass a broader range of tourism sector players both within and outside the Klang Valley.

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20 June 2019



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