‘In­dus­try op­por­tu­ni­ties must be met with pas­sion by ev­ery­one’

New Straits Times - - Business -

AS the agency tasked with en­hanc­ing the Malaysian Au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, one of the ma­jor chal­lenges we have to ad­dress con­stantly has been the is­sue of aware­ness of in­dus­try op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The ecosys­tem that makes up the in­dus­try is vast, with a wide sub­ject mat­ter and an ar­ray of spe­cial­i­sa­tions, which re­quires mas­tery of tech­ni­cal, non-tech­ni­cal and cre­ative dis­ci­plines.

It is not just en­gines, nuts and bolts — it is both an art and sci­ence that finds emo­tional at­tach­ment to both busi­ness and con­sumer alike.

Firstly, many equate the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try with our national car­mak­ers. While they are un­doubt­edly movers of the in­dus­try, there are hun­dreds of firms that sup­ply com­po­nents to not just our national brands, but the 27 other ve­hi­cle as­sem­blers that op­er­ate within our bor­ders.

There are thou­sands of deal­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and ser­vice cen- tres that sell these cars and keep them in good work­ing order.

Se­condly, au­to­mo­tive jobs are not just for those that work on the pro­duc­tion line. The in­dus­try com­prises de­sign and process en­gi­neers, qual­ity man­agers, re­pair and ser­vice­men, sales­men, sketch artists, fab­ric weavers, tool mak­ers, bankers and in­surance agents, just to name a few.

Name your in­ter­est, there is a ca­reer in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try that is rel­e­vant to you!

As we speak, we are con­tin­u­ously striv­ing to max­imise ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and skills cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Since the National Au­to­mo­tive Pol­icy 2014 was an­nounced, MAI has worked with the Depart­ment of Skills De­vel­op­ment and other in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to de­velop com­pe­tency stan­dards in both man­u­fac­tur­ing and af­ter-sales sec­tors, through the pub­lish­ing of 27 National Oc­cu­pa­tional Skills Stan­dards to date.

We have also cer­ti­fied around

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