KUALA LUMPUR – A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Skills Development (JPK) and the Malaysian Modern Beauty Industry Association (PIKMM) was signed on March 29 this year.
The signing marks the beginning of their partnership allowing talents in the beauty industry to get accreditation for their skills.
The core members who signed the MOU were Ts. Kamaruzaman Bin Haji Md Ali, Deputy Director-General (Operations) of JPK; Faizah Binti Harun, Director of the Strategic Cooperation Division (BKS) of JPK; with PIKMM president Tengku Dato’ Seri Baderul Zaman Ibni Almalhum Sultan Mahmud and vice president Dato’ Loke Yeu Loong.
The guest of hounour, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Malaysia, Datuk Haji Awang bin Hashim, acted as witness for the MOU.
The event saw One Doc X Hair Doc and Slim Doc training centres presented with the National Dual Training System (SLDN) accreditation certificates by the guest of honour. This paves the way for the One Doc Group to become a centre accredited by JPK and the Human Resources Ministry.
To ensure standards are met
In June 2020, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the hair care and beauty sector contributes RM13.5 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) with a workforce of over 80,000 nationwide.
The PIKMM was established to bring beauty centre operators together and work towards developing the beauty industry so it can grow to be on par with other developed countries. They also want to revolutionise the industry through upgrading its training capacity and empowering the talents to fulfill clients’ needs.
They have been working together with JPK over the years to coordinate training sessions for those in the beauty industry and researching on requirements on standards for job expertise and competency.
As the global beauty industry has seen rapid growth over the past 10 years, there have been many new technologies and modern beauty treatment techniques that are being used. This includes laser treatments and energy/light-based technologies (non-invasive lasers and IPL).
However, there has yet to be any proper certified training for beauticians to handle these technology in Malaysia. It is important for the Malaysian beauty industry to be able to safely and efficiently handle the technology.
Previous meetings and discussions between PIKMM and JPK have agreed that these skills training programmes are crucial to get skilled workers to learn these technology. This would also produced a world-class skilled workforce for the Malaysian beauty industry.
Using the examples set by England, Australia, New Zealand and United States, it would help create a benchmark for Malaysia to follow to get their beauticians accredited. The simple accreditation process in the other countries has led to the rapid economic growth to their beauty industry.
PIKMM and JPK also agreed that the accreditation course module should be included in the current NOSS – Field of Beauty, Part S96, Field: Beauty Therapy.
With the accreditation, the beauty industry will go through a transformation. Both PIKMM and JPK will ensure the highest standards of training are met.
This would help Malaysia become a regional leader in the beauty industry.
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