PETALING JAYA: Only one person in the country is currently certified to install and maintain electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, human resources minister V Sivakumar has revealed.
This is because the certification course was only introduced recently.
The person was certified under the National Occupational Skills Standards, he said. The NOSS is a document that underlines and specifies competencies needed by a skilled worker.
The skills development department, which comes under the human resources ministry, came up with the NOSS standards for EV charging station maintenance and repair programmes in May.
“The ministry hopes the number of skilled graduates in this field will increase in the future through the initiatives we are carrying out, including promotional activities,” he said in a written reply.
Sivakumar was responding to Manndzri Nasib (BN-Tenggara) on the number of certificate and diploma holders in fields such as Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) diagnostic and rectification, electric and hybrid car servicing, as well as for charging station maintenance and installation.
The minister also said that currently eight people were certified to service BEVs, while 82 were qualified to service hybrid vehicles.
Last month, it was reported that the country was hoping to have 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025.
There are currently 1,246 charging stations in operation.
On a related matter, Sivakumar said his ministry was working with the investment, trade and industry ministry (Miti) to ensure sufficient manpower to support the EV sector’s growth in Malaysia.
The country is currently aiming to become an EV hub.
Last week, Miti minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz was reported as saying the country’s electronics industry offered a strong foundation for Malaysia to be a vital part of the global EV supply chain.