The 2023 National Training Week (NTW) which took place from May 22 to 28, had 21,473 courses offered, far exceeding the set target of RM5,000 courses by four times.

The Human Resources Ministry (KSM) said in a statement today that there were 129,312 participants with 503,572 hours of training completed, compared to the target of 125,000 participants who would complete 500,000 hours of training.

Selangor offered the most courses, with 36.3 per cent, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 17.3 per cent, while Johor and Sabah were third with 6.5 per cent of the total number of courses during NTW 2023.

“44.7 per cent of the courses offered are long-distance online courses, followed by physical or face-to-face courses of 39.6 per cent and e-learning by 10.5 per cent,” the ministry said, adding that the courses based on education and training were the most popular, at 17.8 per cent, followed by soft skills courses at 10.1 per cent, while courses based on information technology recorded as much as eight per cent.

Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar said that the success of NTW 2023 showed that Malaysians were interested in gaining knowledge and skills, especially digital and technical skills.

“This is something that should be inculcated in every Malaysian, in line with our efforts to create talent and an efficient and dynamic workforce for the long term,” he said.

The five most popular courses offered throughout NTW 2023 were Embracing Digital Opportunities, Analyzing Data with Tables and Charts in Excel for the Web, AI (artificial intelligence) for Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Critical Thinking Skills for Professionals.

NTW 2023, organised by KSM and Human Resource Development Corp (HRDC) for the first time, is a week of free training and activities conducted throughout the country that brings together organisations and individuals from various backgrounds.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency