PTP Inks MoU Renewal with UMT to Enhance Talent Development Collaboration


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Photo caption: Mazlan (second from left) and Neelsen (second from right) during the MoU signing ceremony 

PELABUHAN Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a member of MMC Group, has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) to enhance collaboration in talent development and research and development (R&D). 

It also agrees to share expertise in maritime technology, port management and other related fields of interest as part of the efforts in boosting the maritime sector in Malaysia. 

The MoU was signed by PTP CEO Marco Neelsen and UMT vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mazlan Abd Ghaffar.

 Neelsen said the signing of the MoU marks another important milestone in PTP’s commitment towards the development of local talents. 

“This would help us to further improve our talent development programmes and increase the capacity and capabilities of our workforce in PTP and Malaysia in general. 

“Over the past five years, both UMT and PTP have successfully collaborated and delivered Work-Based Learning (WBL) programmes for internship as well as industry attachment programmes. Through this, we have identified and absorbed the UMT students into our Port Operations Planning Apprentice (POPA) programme since 2017,” he said in a recent statement.

Speaking after the signing event, Mazlan said the collaboration is a golden opportunity for UMT academicians to lead thecutting-edge issue related to maritime technology and port management.

Mutually shared expertise will also be extended for academic purposes towards training module development in relation to theport industry.

Former UMT student Nur Afini Ishak said she participated in the POPA programme to build a ready talent pipeline for the portindustry’s niche technical or functional areas, specifically for PTP.

“I am grateful to kickstart my career through the programme and was rightfully exposed to the port operation and businessduring my training period via various internal development projects.

“Through the projects, I worked with various people, and it helped to boost my confidence in conducting and executing all thetasks assigned,” she said.

Strategic collaboration with institutions of higher learning and government agencies are part of PTP’s initiatives towardsenhancing the competency level and skills of its current and future staff.

It is also part of the company’s commitment under the “social” agenda of the environment, social and governance (ESG)strategy.

Addressing this agenda is crucial for PTP to become a sustainable and responsible organisation.

This involves actively working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the company, as well as unleashing the potential of the employees through training and development opportunities. — TMR


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