Turkish Aerospace (TUSAS) and the Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will kick-start a talent development plan to help the aerospace industry.
The plan was unveiled yesterday at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2023).
MIGHT said in a statement that a talent development programme will be held between the Consortium of Universiti Malaysia (CMU), TUSAS Malaysia, and TUSAS Akademi.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Khalid Nordin, Minister of Higher Education, said in his speech that the aerospace business is one of the most challenging and fascinating fields in the world.
With its highly inventive, ground-breaking research and quick growth, the industry is continuously in need of highly trained and bright personnel, he said.
"A well-structured talent development programme is especially essential for the aerospace industry for several reasons. First and foremost, it ensures that the industry will have a constant supply of skilled professionals and industry-ready talents who can design, build, and maintain the next generation of aircraft.
"This is particularly important as the industry faces increasing competition from other sectors and countries for a shared talent pool," he said.
Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, chairman of MIGHT, said the aerospace business is one of the most fascinating and dynamic realms of effort, opening up new frontiers for research and discovery.
"To survive rapid changes, a continuous supply is required and accompanied by skilled and talented individuals equipped with the latest knowledge and skills," he said.
Zakri said the comprehensive talent development programme includes various activities and modules for students and academics.
"In addition to providing students and academics with the tools and resources needed for development while fostering discipline and focus, we also create an environment that encourages new ideas, experimentation, and creativity. It is hoped that this programme will inspire all participants to think far and push the boundaries," he said.