Sarawak Skills Hosts Industry Bonding Session for the Public and Private Sectors

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Recently, the Sarawak Skills Group of Learning Institutions (Sarawak Skills) hosted an Industry Bonding Session for the Public and Private sectors.

Aptly themed ‘Industry Bonding Afternoon’, more than thirty (30) participants, comprising representatives from the government, various sectors of the industry, and members of the Sarawak Skills management team attended the session on 10 May 2023 at the Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching. Among those present were Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, Chief Commercial Officer (Strategic Engagement and Business Development), Sarawak Skills and Mr. John Rizal Biki, Senior Manager (Strategic Engagement and Consultancy), Sarawak Skills.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Hallman bin Sabri, Executive Director of Sarawak Skills and Chairman of the Federation of Malaysian Skills Development Centres (FMSDC) highlighted, “As a stakeholder in the transformation of Sarawak’s socio-economic landscape, Sarawak Skills has adopted a multipronged approach to talent development. With close to three decades of experience under our belt, an important part of our voyage of excellence is our ongoing quest to explore new frontiers in talent development to support the transformation of Sarawak in line with the Sarawak Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030). In this respect, Sarawak Skills has launched a series of strategic initiatives to transform itself into a Hub of Industry-Driven Talent Development. For example, one of our initiatives was the establishment of the Sarawak Skills Industry Driven and Consultancy Services Committee last year. This committee, one of the strategic committees under the Sarawak Skills Management Council, steers Sarawak Skills on its quest to be a consultant and solution provider of choice to the industries in Sarawak through the provision of consultative services and training in line with industry needs. This will contribute to the transformation of Sarawak’s six key economic sectors (main engines of growth) in line with PCDS 2030.” He continued, “I am pleased to share that this Industry Bonding Afternoon is an initiative of the Sarawak Skills Industry Driven and Consultancy Services Committee. In this respect, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Dato’ Sri Victor Hii Lu Thian, Managing Director of the Asteel Group, Chairman of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, Sarawak Branch, and Chairman of the Sarawak Skills Industry Driven and Consultancy Services Committee, and the members of the committee for initiating this noble project. I believe the fresh insights and perspectives from this bonding session will enable all of us to analyse the state of things through new lenses and advance our strategic initiatives.”

During his speech, Mr. Hallman also thanked the two guest speakers, namely Mr. Fareed Abdul Ghani and Mr. Peter Chai. Mr. Fareed is a lawyer, HRD Corp TTT Certified Trainer and a Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also a member of the panel of trainers and coaches for SME Bank where he specializes in Sustainability and ESG for SMEs. Mr. Chai is the President of the Sarawak Manufacturers Association (SMA). In this respect, Mr. Hallman emphasized, “I am looking forward to Mr. Fareed’s talk on ‘Harnessing ESG Principles to Maximize Sustainable Impacts for SMEs, and Mr. Chai’s session on ‘The Challenges of Doing International Business for Sarawak SMEs’. Yes, there is an urgent need to chart the way forward for SMEs. We are on the threshold of a new dawn – a brighter future for all is within reach! I am confident that these industry-relevant topics will contribute positively to the development of your organizations’ strategic initiatives.”

Following the Industry Bonding Session, Sarawak Skills organized the Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) 101 Workshop. The two-day workshop was held on 11 and 12 May 2023 at the Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching. More than thirty (30) participants, comprising representatives from the government, various sectors of the industry, and officials from Sarawak Skills participated in the workshop.

The workshop (HRD Corp claimable) introduced participants to the foundations upon which sustainability and modern-day ESG are built, how market forces (including export markets) react to ESG, and ways to create and maintain value using ESG investment strategies. During the workshop, participants examined the challenges that corporations and stakeholders face when it comes to leveraging sustainability and ESG reporting into their portfolios, and how the changing landscape of national and international sustainability and ESG disclosures are important to the future of doing business. ESG criteria are increasingly used by investors and other stakeholders to assess the sustainability and long-term viability of organizations. Organizations that score well on ESG criteria are often seen as more responsible and better managed, which can translate into better financial performance over the long term. In a nutshell, the workshop enabled participants to acquire relevant knowledge and build a strong foundation in sustainability, climate change, United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), ESG reporting and develop relevant strategies.

Indeed, with the ongoing development and launch of a wide range of green and blue economy initiatives in Sarawak, the workshop will also go a long way towards contributing to the transformation of Sarawak’s economy in line with the Sarawak Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030).

For more information, please contact Mr. Adrian Hon, Manager, Corporate Training, Sarawak Skills (082-539222, 016-8661017, e-mail: adrian@ppks.edu.my). Information on various corporate training programmes can also be obtained from Sarawak Skills’ website: www.ppks.edu.my.

Group Photo: Industry Bonding Afternoon, Mr. Hallman Sabri (seated, center) together with Mr. Fareed Abdul Ghani (seated, right), Mr. Peter Chai (seated, left), Mr. Mohamad Isham Fauzi (seated, second left), Mr. John Rizal Biki (seated, second right) and participants.

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