The construction of Taiping Advance Technology Training Centre (ADTEC), costing more than RM400mil, will become the Human Resources Ministry’s benchmark for new centres in future.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said the new project, dubbed as the biggest in Taiping, was the first of the eight new ADTECs approved by the Government under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
To be built over a 24ha site at the Kamunting Raya industrial area in Kamunting, Taiping, the project was scheduled for completion in 24 months, he said.
“But I have requested the main contractor of the project to get it completed within 18 months,” Dr Fong told reporters after conducting the groundbreaking ceremony.
Dr Fong said the new building cost RM160mil and the equipment between RM100mil and RM260mil.
Many factories in the northern region used micro electronics technology and the centre would help train workers in the field, he said.
“The Taiping ADTEC will have at least 200 micro electronics students to cater for the needs,” he said.
The availability of such trained workers in Taiping would also help woo investors, he said.
He said the project would also become a catalyst to the economic growth of the town.
Also present were state exco member Datuk Ho Cheng Wang, who represented Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali, Taiping MP Datuk M. Kayveas and Kamalbina Sdn Bhd (Taiping ADTEC main contractor) managing director Datuk Kamarulbahrain Zainuddin.
Dr Fong said the Taiping ADTEC would accommodate 800 students for certificate and diploma courses in micro electronics, quality control technology, composite technology, ceramic technology, polimer technology and information technology.
Kamarulbahrain said 1,000 workers, including 50 professionals, would be recruited for the construction of the centre.
Earlier, Dr Fong said there were 17,462 students at all 35 skill training centres nationwide under the purview of his ministry.