Increase in energy-efficient vehicles (EEV) in Malaysia and the various incentives offered for vehicles with EEV status is spurring demand for automotive workers with EEV skills, said UK-based Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
“We are definitely seeing EEVs becoming a significant emerging cluster in Malaysia, giving rise to new jobs with better pay in the automotive sector here.
“While the skill sets of those trained to work on conventional cars will continue to be important and necessary, automotive workers need to evolve their competencies in handling EEVs as we see more of these in the market and on the road,” said IMI South East Asia senior manager Matthew Stuart.
Recently, Perodua launched the Perodua Bezza, its first EEV sedan produced at its EEV-certified automotive manufacturing plant in Rawang.
Other carmakers such as Volvo Car Malaysia and BMW Group Malaysia have also announced new models that have received EEV status, while hybrid vehicles from Toyota, Honda and Lexus continue to receive good response from the market.
EEV is more than just hybrid and electric cars; the category includes cars with more efficient internal combustion engines (ICS) for both petrol and diesel, as well as those with different materials, components and fuel that can make the vehicle more energy efficient.
Acceleration in growth of the industry would lead to job creation in related occupations.
Since 2014, IMI has been working with the government to provide training support across a network of community colleges, with a particular focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, in line with the nation’s aim to be a regional EEV hub.
It currently has 24 approved training centers in Malaysia, comprising a mix of automotive companies and community colleges, including the Kepala Batas Community College’s Technology Centre for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle and the Pekan Community College.
The national EEV venture is expected to generate 187,000 new jobs by 2020.
“The job of automotive service technicians are evolving from simple mechanical repairs to high-level technology related work.
“As a long time contributor in improving the training standards for the workforce in Malaysia’s automotive sector and giving them international validation, the IMI will continue to work with our training partners here to help bridge the skills gaps in a rapidly evolving automotive industry,” said Stuart.