Australian developer Lendlease has signed an agreement with Malaysia’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to collaborate on a training programme for safety supervisors.
The Safety Supervisor Apprenticeship Programme is the first formal apprenticeship collaboration between the public and private sectors in Malaysia. The aim is to provide an integrated approach to industry-recognised construction training.
Apprentices who successfully complete the course will receive a formal CIDB and Lendlease qualification. The successful completion also earns the trainee certification by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and CIDB Akademi Binaan Malaysia.
These certifications are required before the apprentices can be appointed as site supervisors on projects. Â
This training model is similar to apprenticeships offered in the construction industry in Australia and the UK, where trainees earn an allowance while attending a college course and undergoing on-the-job training.
The programme varies from 12 to 24 months, subject to trainees’ experience.
Dinesh Nambiar, Head of Lendlease in Malaysia, said: "Safety is one of our guiding principles and we are committed to incident and injury-free workplaces. Through this programme, we hope to attract youths to join and stay in the construction industry."