PUTRAJAYA, June 14 — An industrial training scheme that would arm Malaysian students with the necessary skill sets to work on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is in the pipeline, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
"Many job opportunities will come up and in our training scheme, we have identified 3,600 local students to be under this programme," Najib said while launching the ECRL Industrial Training programme here.
Under the initiative, Malaysian students will be trained according to a syllabus developed by two Chinese universities.
Once the training is complete, they would automatically be offered jobs either in China Communications Construction Company, as the main contractor of the project, or Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd, a Finance Ministry subsidiary, which is the project owner.
The programme will take between three and six months to complete, with various local universities participating.
The majority of the students are East Coast natives.
"We have to add [more students] and we will add more students. Recently, when I went to China I thought that we have to train our own people before we launch this project," Najib said.
The ECRL project is estimated to cost RM55 billion.