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Another skills training centre
Published on: Friday, June 30, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Efforts by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to produce skilled manpower to meet the needs of Sabah and the nation have been so successful that the State will soon have a second ABM training centre in Beringgis, Papar, for the West Coast."We expect to have a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of construction before the end of the year. The project will take about two years to complete," said CIDB Sabah Director Rosmen Awang Hassan (pic).

Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) conducts the training programmes that range from brick laying and tiling to welding and air conditioning servicing, among others.

Lately, peninsula-based construction giants like Gamuda, PetraEnergy and Pangerang have also been looking to Sabah for trained construction workers.

Rosmen said the existing CIDB Malaysia Skill Training Centre at Kota KInabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) and Centres in Sandakan and Ranau have trained 15,820 youths under the Youth Skill Training Programme from 2001 to 2016.

Another 46,079 completed the Construction Personnel Skill Training Programme during the same period.

"In addition, a total of 12,050 construction personnel/workers went through the accreditation process conducted by CIDB. As for the Customised Programme which is designed to meet the client's requirement, 21,792 attendees have benefited.

"And during the same period, 35,015 construction personnel, and local and foreign workers were issued with the CIDB Green Card on completion of the Safety Induction for Construction Worker (SICW) programme," he told Daily Express.

Rosmen said the setting up of CIDB Construction Clubs in schools have helped to promote ABM training programmes.

"Its aim is to educate and expose students to construction-related knowledge and skills as part of the effort to reduce dependency on foreign labour.

"Since its inception in 2013, 10 secondary schools in the state capital and surrounding areas have set up this club while 13 others in Tawau have also taken the initiative to do so in recent years," he added.

Meanwhile, Rosmen said although CIDB does not hold any statistics on abandoned projects in the country, including Sabah, the agency would provide its input when it attends a joint meeting of all relevant authorities.

"Unfortunately, no statistics," he said. "However, if any issues arise, say in the event of a developer absconding, we will have a joint meeting with the affected client and other related agencies."

He further said that if there are any genuine complaints from housebuyers, for example, a breach of the Sales & Purchase Agreement, they can lodge a report with CIDB.

"That is between the client and the developer. But in view of our mandatory CIDB Green Card for registration of construction personnel, we do receive complaints from the public concerning construction work.

"Normally, if we receive an aduan (complaint), we will send our men to check out the project concerned before we call the relevant agencies. If the issue at hand involves the developer, then we will call him for a joint meeting," he added. - Mary Chin



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