In March 2021, the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) will be launching a new programme for engineers, wood technology graduates as well as undergraduates to be absorbed into timber-based companies for training and internship purposes that may lead to them building successful careers in the industry.
The MTC Engineer Placement and Internship in Industry Programme 2021 will be a collaboration between the Council, higher learning institutions in the country and timber associations.
“The need for engineers is becoming more crucial as timber-based manufacturers remodel their operations towards digitalisation and smart manufacturing primarily due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses,” said MTC Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Suhaili, adding that the subtleties of most manufacturing processes are best understood by engineers.
He said that the programme is part of the MTC’s five-year plan which focuses on building the knowledge talent in the industry.
The Engineer Placement programme is a one-year programme for engineers to receive on-the-job training under the guidance of a professional, while the Internship Programme is open to undergraduates who are doing their industrial training. MTC will absorb the training cost as well as provide allowances.
Muhtar said that the programme will be launched in March jointly by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Dato’ Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, and the Minister of Higher Learning, YB Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad, and will see the MoU signing between MTC, six timber associations, eight universities and two polytechnics.