Standards in facilities management across Malaysia are set to be raised following an announcement from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and K-Pintar Sdn Bhd, a human capital development solutions provider, of a new government-backed qualification programme.
K-Pintar, now a BIFM Recognised Centre will be delivering BIFM qualifications in facilities management at Level 3 for first line management and level 4 for middle management which cover all aspects of essential facilities management knowledge.
The Malaysian government agency, Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), has identified facilities management as one of the professions that it has committed to creating a highly competent, well-trained, knowledgeable and skilled workforce. By equipping the current and future workforce with the latest and specific skills needed to enhance the human resources capabilities of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), they aim to increase Malaysia’s productivity and efficiency.
K-Pintar CEO, RA Thiagaraja commented:
“This forms part of Malaysia’s aspiration to attain the status of developed country by the year 2020 through a strengthened and more competitive position in the global market.”
Linda Hausmanis, director of education at BIFM said:
“I’m delighted to see the desire and the opportunities expand in delivering the BIFM qualifications in Malaysia by welcoming K-Pintar as a BIFM Recognised Centre to deliver BIFM Qualifications at Levels 3 and 4.
“The ability for countries to be able to contextualise the BIFM qualifications for local delivery whilst maintaining the global standards of the BIFM qualifications is a major step not only in raising the profile of the industry but also in raising the skills and capabilities of the practitioners working in the profession. The role that facilities management has to play is significant both in terms of helping businesses achieve corporate objectives and also in the economic welfare of a country and its citizens. The Malaysian Government has recognised this with its 2020 vision and BIFM is delighted to play its part by working alongside Malaysian partners to raise standards in FM.”
In June this year BIFM signed a Heads of Agreement with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Holdings Sdn. Bhd. to collaborate and explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich the facilities management profession in Malaysia. BIFM recognising K-Pintar to deliver the BIFM Qualifications is a natural progression of that Agreement and further endorses the joint mission of both BIFM and CIDB.