For Producing Qualified Malaysian Green Technology Workforce Malaysia has the potential to achieve its target of being a country with a highly skilled workforce in green technology, if the government and related industries collaborate.
In a column published in a Malay daily recently, GreenTech Malaysia Group CEO Dr Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin said the government has goals for green economy development which will be a contributing factor to achieve the aforementioned target.
Businesses today are wired to look at sustainability differently.
This means eco-friendly job networks are being developed and new talents are sought after to address the increasing population and the countryâs climate conditions.
Changes are fueled by the rapid growth of the global middle class and the erratic climate, all of which have led to increases in food and energy prices.
This, in turn, impacts natural resources such as fresh water, risking the global supply chain.
Mohd Azman quoted The Green Jobs report, Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-carbon World (UNEP et al., 2008), which stated that all initiatives of transitions to green technology and green economy must be maximised to encourage the development of skills, knowledge, and competence in resource efficient processes.
These are then later integrated into businesses and communities.
The report is the first comprehensive study of the green economy emergence and its impacts.
Mohd Azman also listed down the Malaysian Governmentâs plans to create a conducive green technology and economic ecosystem, for which the National Green Technology Policy (NGTP, 2009) identified five Strategic Thrusts in line with the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP).
The goal is to empower human capital development in green technology, strengthen green technology research and innovation, as well as promote public awareness.
There is also the Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP) which outlines action plans on green technology development to create a low-carbon economy and efficient resources.
It focuses on six major sectors: energy, manufacturing, transport, building, waste, and water.
In realising the action plan for each sector, one of the key initiatives is taken through the development of human capital in collaboration with the industry.
Mohd Azman said, the focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has recently been a great boost for developing a comprehensive programme to assist the workforce in the 4th Industrial Revolution, in the technology and green economy segment.
The government took steps to incorporate the TVET agenda as the third pillar of 11MP to enhance human resource development and to transform TVET into a defined focus area.
GreenTech Malaysia, previously under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), has been entrusted to catalyse green technology utilisation as a strategic engine for socioeconomic growth in Malaysia in line with NGTP, 2009.
GreenTech Malaysia targets to position Malaysia as a global hub for green technology by 2020 and to further develop the country into a green society by 2030.
The organisation also conducts various courses and training programmes to promote green technology.
This initiative is aligned with an aforementioned Strategic Thrust that focuses on strengthening human capital development in the green technology sector.
One example is the Energy Manager Training Course (EMTC).
It is certified by the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills for implementing the Sustainable Energy Management System to all energy managers.
The course certifies them under the Asean Energy Management Accreditation Scheme (AEMAS) when they become Certified Energy Managers (CEMs).
To date, more than 1,000 CEMs have been certified under AEMAS.
Participants attending this course may also apply to be Registered Electrical Energy Managers (REEMs) with the Energy Commission (ST).
Certified Professional in Measurement and Verification (CPMV) Training is an M&V certification course aimed at validating end-users and energy service companies conducting measurement and verification activities for energy-saving programmes.
The Energy Auditor Training Course (EATC) covers the basic knowledge and skills required to conduct energy checks, surveys, and analyses for energy conservation and provides a structure for energy auditing practices.
EATC raises professional standards for those involved in energy auditing.
Apart from these, awareness programmes such as âHave We Done Enough to Save Energy Bills?â and the Basic Training Programme for Energy and Water Management have also been implemented.
GreenTech Malaysia was also appointed Industry Lead Body (ILB) for Green Technology related skills.
It has the duty to ensure the National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) of Green Technology is available to the industry for the implementation of the Malaysian Skills Certification System (SKM).
By 2020, at least 35% of the Malaysian workforce must be skilled workers in line with the governmentâs goal of becoming a high income nation by building capacity, attracting local talents, and becoming less dependent on the foreign workforce.
By Neera Khandpuri.