KUALA LUMPUR | The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has approved almost RM700 million financial assistance to support 1.04 million training places in 2019, registering a growth of 18 per cent from 2018.

In a statement, the HRDF said it has also increased total certification programmes approved by 17.7 per cent to 51,193 training places.

In an efforts to strengthen governance, transparency and enforcement, the fund increased its enforcement visits tenfold to 5,466 last year from 552 in 2018, as well as expanding its coverage to 29,701 employers, serving 2.43 million employees.

In budget 2020, the government allocated RM30 million to HRDF for up-skilling Malaysian youth from the lower-income families through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), while a further RM20 million on a matching basis was also allocated to up-skill Malaysians in IR4.0 industry recognised certifications.

“In this regard, the HRDF would soon announce programmes under these budget allocations,” it said.

This year, HRDF plans to approve 1.25 million training places, an increase of 20 per cent from last year and aims to approve 60,000 training places for industry certification programmes in 2020. – BERNAMA