320 workers yet to be certified for skills despite paying fees

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PETALING JAYA: More than half of the candidates involved in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme have yet to receive certification although fees amounting to RM2.39 million have been received by training providers.

The RPL Scheme was implemented by the Human Resources Development Berhad, a body under the Human Resources Ministry, in 2009.

It was to enable workers to get recognition for their skills and competency, according to their levels, as determined by the Department of Skills Development.

However, according to the Attorney-General’s Report released earlier today, based on an audit performed from July to November 2015, 320 out of 564 candidates, involving 42 employers, have yet to receive their certifications even after the fees had been paid.

Attorney-General Ambrin Buang has recommended that the Human Resources Development Berhad provide a detailed standard operating procedure on financial management.

Apart from failing to provide employers with their certifications, the report also noted that Human Resources Development Berhad had also failed to conduct three out of 12 courses under the Special Training Assistance Scheme.

Pertaining to this, Ambrin recommended that there be frequent monitoring of activities and training schemes to ensure they were implemented in accordance with stipulated procedures.