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Local Workforce In The Timber And Furniture

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                         LOCAL WORKFORCE IN THE TIMBER AND FURNITURE                       INDUSTRIES IN MALAYSIA

Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia. MTIB is responsible for the development of the timber industry. To ensure that the industry will continue to contribute to the national economy, The National Timber Industry Policy (NATIP) was developed as a guideline for the development of the Malaysian timber industries by 2020. Human Resource Development is one of NATIP's strategic thrusts as the aspect of human resource is an important and critical element that must be emphasized in order  to enhance the Malaysian timber industries’ productivity, efficiency, quality and competitive in the global market.

Training the workforce in timber industries has always been MTIB's role in ensuring skilled labour to serve timber industry. To overcome the shortage of worker faced by the industry, MTIB renders its assistance through acquiring local youth to serve the industry. Among other initiatives being carried out by MTIB is a job-matching platform for local graduates (skilled and semi-skilled worker). Within this platform, companies can recruit candidates with basic knowledge and skills in the timber and furniture industry as their employees.


1. GRADUATES FROM WOOD INDUSTRY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (WISDEC)

a) Graduates of Certificate in Timber Processing and Finishing Technology (TPF)

  • Programme Duration - 9 months (354 hours)
  • Training Methodology  - 30 % theory dan 70 % Practical (hands-on)
  • The intensive hands-on training provides a structured timber manufacturing and processing     skills programme that will produce a competent workforce to support timber industry              
  • To date, there are 75 TPF graduates produced by WISDEC

 b) Graduates of Certification in Furniture Design and Making (FDM)

  • Programme Duration  - 2 months (270 hours)
  • Training Methodology  - 30 % theory dan 70 % Practical (hands-on)
  • Young designers produced by WISDEC have undergone hands-on training on furniture designing with the use of computer software AutoCAD, taking into account the market preferences on furniture style and trend.
  • There are 60 FDM graduates available

 c) Graduates of Professional Management Development (PMD) 

  • Programme Duration - 5 months                                                                                  
  • Training methodology - Focus on the young executives, diploma/degree holder who wish venture into timber and furniture industries                                                               
  • To date, there are 20 PMD graduates produced by WISDEC

2. GRADUATES FROM STATE OF SABAH

  • Graduates originated from State of Sabah (East Malaysia)                                                   
  • Qualification : Diploma and Degree related to Wood-based and Forestry                                 
  • There are 135 Sabahan graduates available 

3. GRADUATES OF DIPLOMA IN WOOD INDUSTRIES (UiTM JENGKA)

  • Programme Duration – 3 years 
  • Training Method – Theoretical and laboratory work with practical training at wood-based industries. 
  • Job Prospect - Assistant Technical Officers, Assistant Quality Control Officers, Marketing Officers and Management Executives
  • Number of Graduates of Diploma in Wood Industries is as follows:-     
  • Session May 2008 - 37 graduates                                                                       
  • Session November 2008 - 46 graduates                                                                    
  • Session May 2009 - 61 graduates                                                                              
  • Session October 2009 - 66 graduates                                                                         
  • Session May 2010 - 58 graduates                                                                               
  • Session November 2010 - 69 graduates                                                            
  • Session Oct 2011/May 2012 - 61 graduates
  • Session November 2012 - 60 graduates

4. GRADUATES OF DIPLOMA IN WOOD TECHNOLOGY (POLYTECHNIC SHAH ALAM) 

  • The Diploma in Wood Based Technology will expose the students to the basic aspects of knowledge in Wood Based Technology. 
  • The course will be carried out in both theoretical and practical method such as lectures, practical in laboratories or workshops, industrial visit and practical training at firms. The scope of the programme covers the following areas of Wood Science, Wood Product, Wood Engineering, Wood Processing, Forestry, Management Studies, Drawing and Statistic. 
  • The graduates from this programme will have potentials to work in both private and government sector. In addition, they will also have opportunities to further their studies in other higher learning institutions.
  • Programme Duration – 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Job Prospect - Timber Procurement Foresters, Sawmills Production Supervisor, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Product Designers, Assistant Furniture Manufacturing Process Engineers and etc
  • There are 40 graduates (Jun 2012) available

 5. GRADUATES OF DEGREE IN WOOD FIBER INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY (UNIV. M'SIA SABAH) 

  • This program based on flexibility and wood fibre quality including non-wood forest product resources like oil palm and others. Commercial fibre identification, machinery technology, wood botany especially structure, anatomy, identification, wood element, wood fire chemistry and raw material processing will emphasis. Releven technologies from upstream and downstream industries include paper, fibre board, binder board and plywood, and dry technology and fibre wood conservation will be learned.
  • 116 Credit Hours (including 16 School Core Subjects and 12 Programme Core Subjects)
  • Number of Graduates of Degree in Wood Fiber Industry and Technology is as follows:-        
  • Session 2009 - 25 graduates                                                                                                                            
  • Session 2010 - 33 graduates                             
  • Session 2011 - 34 graduates
  • Session 2012 - 30 graduates

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