KOTA KINABALU: Plans are being drawn to offer aeronautics training for locals at the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) by 2019.
Done in partnership with German's Lufthansa, the initiative is expected to create a pool of aircraft technicians for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
"This will be for category A which is for starting level, that has more job opportunities," KKIP chief executive officer Melvin G. Disimond told reporters at the state legislative assembly here.
He said this after briefing the Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman on the company's five-year plan as well as the handing over of mock cheque on payment of loan and dividends to state government totalling RM8.25 million.
Melvin said currently Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country but most of the MRO of aircrafts here were done elsewhere, so by having trained manpower would allow the services be offered here.
"We expect to sign the agreement with Lufthansa to be signed between this or next month, and then 15 to 18 months the centre will be ready and the training for the first 100 intake expected in 2019," he said.
Melvin said they are also talking with local agencies like Mara on handling the training programme.
He said they plan to continue getting 100 fresh intakes every year with two semesters, where one year will be on theory and another year on-the-job training.
He said five acres have been set for the training centre in the industrial park in Sepanggar but other areas like airport will be needed to conduct practical training, focusing on aircrafts that land here.
Musa during the meet congratulated KKIP for its performance that not only generates profit but also provided employments in factories there.
Earlier, Sabah Fish Marketing Sdn Bhd (Safma) presented payment of loan of RM1.2 million in the form of mock cheque to the state government.