TWI's links with Malaysia have grown even closer as a result of the recent signing of a collaboration agreement between TWI and the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB).
CIDB has responsibility for developing quality standards and raising skills levels in construction in Malaysia. Recognising welding as a key technology in the construction industry, CIDB has enlisted TWI's help in training and qualifying welders under the international CSWIP certification scheme. It is CIDB's intention in the near future, to provide for mandatory qualification of welders working in the Malaysian construction industry.
Training and examinations started in May 2000 at a purpose-designed centre at Johor Bahru and it is estimated that approximately 20 000 welders will be examined in the first phase of certification.
TWI will also continue to offer training courses in welding technology and non-destructive testing at its training centre in Kuala Lumpur and hopes to assist CIDB further by introducing new materials and technology to the area.
The signing ceremony was performed by Bevan Braithwaite, Chief Executive of TWI, with The Honorable Tuan Haji Ahmad Zahri B. Jamil on behalf of the Chief Minister of Johor, the Chairman of CIDB Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Ir. Wan A Rahman Yaacob, the Chief Executive Y.Bhg. Dato' Haji Abdul Rahman Abdullah and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Works Malaysia, Datuk Dr Hadenan Jalil.