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Kuala Lumpur, 17 January — The Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) hosted its 20th HRD Awards 2022 Gala Dinner at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today. The Awards ceremony was officiated by Yang Berhormat Tuan V. Sivakumar, Minister of Human Resources.

Introduced by HRD Corp under the auspices of the Ministry of Human Resources in 2001, the HRD Awards is the highest national recognition for employers, training providers and trainers registered with HRD Corp who have been at the forefront of human capital innovation and transformation.

A total of 31 Awards were given out to employers, training providers and trainers. The Awards were broken into two categories; the Human Resources Minister Award for large employers with 17 awards and the HRD Corp Awards for SMEs, training providers and trainers with 14 awards.

Some of the key winners for the Human Resources Minister Award included Malaysia Airlines Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad, Airasia Berhad, Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, Alam Flora Sdn. Bhd. and 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Winners of the HRD Corp Awards included Owen Mumford Sdn. Bhd., Jesin Construction Sdn. Bhd., Zhulian Marketing (M) Sdn. Bhd., and Aspac Lubricants (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Training providers were also recognised at the Awards, with the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Iverson Associates Sdn. Bhd., and CF Learning Services Sdn. Bhd. walking away with the top accolades for the night.

In his speech, the Minister of Human Resources said, “The HRD Awards is a great way to evaluate how well employers and industry players have fared in strengthening their human resources development efforts. Their successes have and will continue to set the benchmark for others to emulate,” the Minister concluded.

The Awards, ran from April to November 2022, beginning with a call to submission, followed by evaluation, shortlist, and winner selection. The winners in the employer category were chosen from a pool of 5,508 eligible employers with an 80 per cent HRD levy utilisation rate. The trainers and training providers were selected based on a rating of 4/5 by at least 1,000 trainees through the HRD Corp Trainer Effectiveness Evaluation (TEE).

The shortlisted candidates were evaluated meticulously by an evaluation panel consisting of industry representatives from employer associations and government agencies. These included the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Malaysia Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM), Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), SIRIM Berhad and SME Corporation Malaysia. The panellists also included members of the senior leadership team at HRD Corp.

Datuk Shahul Dawood, Chief Executive of HRD Corp, said, “Over the last two decades, the Awards have been instrumental in shaping the trends and facilitating the growth of Malaysia’s workforce and talents. In fact, we have seen past winners become the movers and shakers of the training and development landscape in the country.”

The event was also attended by Tuan Mustapha Sakmud, Deputy Minister of Human Resources; Datuk Muhd Khair Razman Bin Mohamed Annuar, Deputy Secretary-General (Operations) of Ministry of Human Resources and Tuan A. Maniam, Deputy Secretary-General (Policy & International).