Development of IndSF document
Development of the IndSF Plastics is led by Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association and the Monash University Malaysia, in collaboration with HRDF. The objective of the Industrial Skills Framework (IndSF) is to outline the competencies in the Malaysian Plastics Injection Moulding Sector (PIMS). It provides an insight of the skills required, career pathways, as well as the required trainings and certifications for talent development in the industry.
The Malaysian plastics industry is well-established with a strong performance record and serves as an important contributor to the high-skilled and income employment in the country. As of the first quarter of 2019, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) estimates that over RM18 billion worth of investments have flowed into Malaysia, resulting in more than 1,500 manufacturing projects and creating more than 100,000 employment opportunities in the Malaysian plastics industries. Even amid the global economic slowdown, as well as the implementation of restrictions on single-use plastics in the EU, the plastics industry in Malaysia still exhibits promising growth potential, mainly due to the increasing demand for electronic products, pharmaceuticals, and the food and beverages industry. As such, the Malaysian plastics market is a significant contributor to the country’s economy.
However, Malaysian plastics firms face challenges in navigating the transition from low value to high value workforce to be able to compete globally. Central to these transitions is the development of a highly skilled workforce and the adoption of Industry 4.0 (i4.0). Thus, the IndSF initiative is a well-timed effort that is expected to provide a guide for implementation of relevant training programs for employees and potential employees within the industry.