Scania Malaysia has been accredited as the Centre of Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional (SLDN) or National Dual Training System (NDTS), by the Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) or Department of Skills Development, of the Ministry of Human Resources. This makes Scania Malaysia the only company in the heavy commercial vehicle industry in Malaysia to be accredited for this training programme.
The event that started the training for 2022 was held at the Institut Kemahiran Tinggi Belia Negara, Dusun Tua (IKTBNDT) and was officialised by Dalila Sharingat, Director, IKTBNDT. Representing Scania was Navindran Rajendran, People and Culture Business Partner, Scania Southeast Asia, Khairull Anuar Ismail, SLDN Accredited Centre Manager, Scania Malaysia and Nurulain Sulaiman, SLDN Coach, Scania Malaysia.
The objective of SLDN is to produce knowledge workers (K-Workers) that possess elements of competency, that are technical, social, Humanitarian and Methodical. Scania SLDN Apprenticeship Program is a training program designed for individuals from the Commercial / Heavy Automotive Engineering background who seek to further a career in a technical role (technician) within Scania. It will be done through a collaboration with an institution that teaches skills via a commercial vehicle maintenance course.
The apprenticeship program takes approximately 1 year to complete and is focused on developing technical and interpersonal skills via formal trainings, coaching and on-the-job activities. At the conclusion of the program, candidates who have successfully completed the program and assessment will be offered a permanent role as a full-time qualified technician within Scania armed with a Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia Tahap 2 from JPK, Ministry of Human Resources. The candidates are expected to demonstrate the core values of Scania and be functionally competent to perform maintenance works on commercial vehicles according to Scania’s Dealer Operating Standards.
“I consider myself very fortunate to be selected as one of the many applicants for this SLDN Apprenticeship Programme and fulfil the high demand for skilled workers in the heavy commercial vehicle industry. The prospect of being able to work with Scania was also the driving factor for me to apply to be part of this collaborative effort between Scania and IKTBNDT,” stated Mohd Nor Zairqh Muhamad, Apprentice, SLDN Apprenticeship Programme.
SLDN or NDTS is a method that is based on industry-driven training concept which is operated through collaboration between companies and training institutions. ‘Dual’ means training in two learning situations such as the SLDN Accredited Centre in Scania Malaysia that covers 70% to 80% practical training (hands-on performance), and the IKTBNDT academic learnings which cover 20% to 30% of theory (knowledge).
“As one of the Scania technicians accepted into the SLDN Apprenticeship Programme, I look forward to upgrading my skills, qualifying me to a more challenging position in Scania. I am keen to do well and get my Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia Tahap 2 by end 2022,” said Khairul Hanifah, Maintenance Technician, Bukit Jelutong Workshop, Scania Malaysia.
The SLDN Accredited Centre is responsible to offer, administer and assure the quality of the NDTS Commercial Vehicles – Repair Service Programme (Kenderaan Perdagangan – Program Servis Pembaikan). Scania has also been acknowledged by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the collaboration.
“We are very pleased that Scania is collaborating with IKTBNDT in training the first ten Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia Tahap 2 candidates. They are excited with the prospect of receiving the invaluable training and coaching that Scania will give to them and look forward to the transfer of Scania sustainable practices that will benefit them in their careers in future,” stated Dalila.
“Scania is proud to be in a sustainable partnership with IKTBNDT by building future leaders in sustainable transport systems. It is hoped that the candidates will excel and continue to drive real change with Scania and for the industry,” stated Navin.