Kuala Lumpur, 1 October 2004
By John Watson
The human resource development and training programmes of YTL Power Services Sdn Bhd, the Operation and Maintenance company for YTL’s two Malaysian power plants, recently received national recognition. The company won the Human Resources Development Corporation Award in the Services sector of the Small and Medium Business category.
The Minister of Human Resources, YB Datuk Wira Dr Fong Chan Onn, presented the award during the opening ceremony of the 4th National HRD Conference & Exhibition at the Sunway Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya on 21 September 2004.
In his speech, the Minister congratulated the winners for their significant contributions towards Human Resources Development in the country.
Some of the criteria that were used to assess the company’s HR development programmes included:
The company’s commitment to provide continuous training and development in order to obtain highly competent employees
The commitment of the company’s top management
The development of programmes that focus on total quality, continuous improvement, human resource management and employee welfare
This is the first time that YTL Power Services has participated in this award organised by the Human Resources Ministry. YTL Power Services employs around 200 people and the company believes that its most important assets are its employees. In order for the company to be successful in its mission, all personnel must be adequately trained and re-trained in order to carry out their jobs in the most effective manner and to keep up to date with the latest techniques and technology.
Training is carried out in both technical and non-technical aspects of the company’s activities, either in-house or at outside companies or training providers. The company also encourages employees who wish to attend further education courses at local colleges and universities.
The success of these programmes is reflected in the success of the company in being able to make the YTL power stations amongst the most reliable in the region. This could not have been achieved without the commitment of the company’s highly trained and motivated employees.
This is not the first national award for YTL Power Services. The company’s management excellence has achieved national recognition in many areas including quality management, health and safety and training. Some of the company’s recent awards have included:
National Excellence Award for Occupational Safety & Health Year 2002, presented by Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister on 7th October 2002
Industry Excellence Award for Quality Management Year 2002, presented by Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz, Minister of International Trade and Industry on 17th February 2003
- Industry Excellence Award for Quality Management Year 2003, presented by Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz, Minister of International Trade and Industry on 4th March 2004