CIDB allocates RM70 million to enhance the capacity of construction industry that has been subdued by the MCO

Kuala Lumpur, 06 August 2020 – The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia has allocated RM70 million to implement strategic programmes aimed at enhancing the construction industry’s capacity that has been affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO). The main goals are to enhance the use of technology, to reduce the reliance on foreign workers, and to provide employment to locals.

The strategic programmes will involve 30,000 industry players—contractors, construction workers, young workers in various skill areas, supervisors and managers, as well as construction technology professionals.

A total of 17,700 local staff and young workers will benefit from the skilling, reskilling, upskilling and skill accreditation training programmes. By increasing local workforce’s skills, the government hopes to reduce the reliance on foreign workers.

CIDB will also provide internship programmes in various construction companies to 7,800 local youths; give project supervision and management training to 3,700 personnel in the construction industry; as well as offer construction safety and security training to 400 other personnel.

Regarding the use of technology, CIDB plans to mass produce Industrial Construction System (IBS) components and facilitate local contractors to switch from conventional systems to IBS. Subsidies will also be provided for the BIM software’s purchases.

To connect homeowners and local small contractors, CIDB has developed the Contractor4U mobile application. Registration for the application is open to all contractors, especially from the G1 and G3 contractors—so far, 4,500 contractors have registered.

All these provisions are in addition to the CIDB support package during the MCO, valued at RM9 million as launched on 7 May 2020.

– Construction+ Online

Source: CIDB Malaysia