About Us


Welcome To The Human Resources Development Fund

Our vision to drive the economic transformation of Malaysia through the country’s most valued asset – its people – defines our purpose at work, every single day.

Simply put, we are a knowledge centre which aims to support the continuous learning and development of the Malaysian workforce which is the key driver supporting our nation’s economic growth.

We have come a long way since 1993 when we were first set up as Majlis Pembangunan Sumber Manusia (MPSM). Currently governed by the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad Act 2001 (PSMB Act, 2001) and under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia, we strive to work hand-in-glove with the Industry, our registered employers and training providers, and the critical mass of the country’s Small, Medium Enterprises towards increasing the skills of our local workforce, apprentices and trainees to meet the demands of a digitalised global economy.


The Government has initiated several programmes under the 11th Malaysian Plan (11MP) towards accelerating human capital development through four key areas which are:

Improving the efficiency of labour market to accelerate economic growth;

Transforming technical and vocational education to meet industry demand;

Strengthening lifelong learning for skills enhancement; and

Improving the quality of education system for better student outcomes and institutional excellence.


Under the area of “Strengthening of Lifelong Learning for Skills Enhancement”, HRDF is mandated to ensure the growth of a quality local workforce through efficient high-skilled training certification programmes and initiatives. This, in return, is expected to contribute to the creation of a-35 per cent skilled Malaysian workforce and 1.5 million jobs by 2020.

Additionally, we continue to encourage our registered employers who are covered under the PSMB Act, 2001 to retrain and upgrade the skills of their local employees, apprentices and trainees in to drive their respective business and operational growth.

With 19 new sub-sectors added to the PSMB Act, 2001 (in addition to the 44 sub-sectors) recently, we have assumed a greater responsibility to reach out to the corporates - educating and motivating them to seek the benefits and value of our learning and development schemes, initiatives and programmes.




Our Journey

  • 1993

    The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was established under the Human Resource Development Act of 1992

  • 1995

    Employers who were considered liable were from the manufacturing sector (9 sub-sectors; with 10 – 49 local employees and with a paid-up capital ≥ RM 2.5 million

  • 2001

    Incorporated on 17 April 2001 and officially known as Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (“PSMB”). The PSMB Act 2001 (“Act’) comes into effect on 16 May 2001. PSMB becomes the Manager of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF)

  • 2005

    The Act expands to cover employers from the services sector who employs a minimum of 10 local employees or a minimum of 50 local employees for hypermarkets

  • 2007

    Sub-sectors covered under the services sector expands to include Commercial Transport, Land Transport and Railway Transport Services.

  • 2014

    The Act expands to cover the oil and gas sector (19 sub-sectors). All liable employers are required to pay the Huma Resources Development (“HRD”) levy effective from 1 June 2014

  • 2016

    The HRDF Pool Fund/Consolidated Fund is implemented

  • 2017

    The Act is amended to expand its coverage to 63 sub-sectors under the three main sectors which are manufacturing, services, and oil and gas

  • 2018

    HRDF’s ‘National Workforce Human Capital Development Blueprint (2018 – 2025)’ was officially launched by Prime Minister of Malaysia, on 29 January 2018. Restructuring of HRDF’s organisational structure and people placement A record number of 23,438 employers are registered with HRDF with a total number of 2,273,798 registered employees. A strict due diligence procedure prior to all outgoing payments is implemented with effect from 2 August 2018. A Board Programme Committee is established to review all existing training programmes. A revised interim Limits of Authority of the Fund’s Chief Executive and Senior Management is implemented. HRDF’s policies which include but not limited to its Code of Conduct and Business Ethics; Enterprise Risk Management framework; Internal Audit Charter; Whistleblowing Policy; Performance Evaluation Framework for its Senior Management; and policies focusing on Fund and Grant Management are enhanced.



Success Story


RAISE Programme (2018)


Train & Replace Programme (2018)


GENERAtE Programme (2018)


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