The PSDC (Penang Skills Development Centre) is the first skills industry-led training centre to be set up in Malaysia. Located within the Free Industrial Zones of Penang, Malaysia, the centre invites membership from the manufacturing industry and its tremendous success since 1989 is linked to the vitality of our corporate members who rank among some of the world's most admired corporations.
The PSDC's tripartite model brings together the best of the Industry, Academia, and Government. This unique paradigm pools resources and management expertise, and allows the PSDC to provide invaluable advice and guidance on the latest industrial technological progress, along with up-to-date training and educational programs.
The Centre operates as a non-profit society with its mission to pool resources amongst the 4 Free Trade Zones and 4 Industrial Estates in Penang with a total of 775 factories, employing more than 170,000 workers providing up-to-date training and educational programs in support of operational requirements, as well as to keep abreast of technological progress.
This (PSDC) is a good example of Malaysia Inc. concept at work" Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia
NSTP July 20, 1994 - PSDC Opening Ceremony
Since then, all other states in Malaysia used the PSDC Concept to set up their own skills centre. To date, there are 11 skills development centre out of 13 states in Malaysia, with PSDC being the first to set up.
|State||Skills Development Centre||Year|
|Selangor||SHRDC||Selangor Human Resource Developmet Centre||1992|
|Negeri Sembilan||NSSDC||Negeri Sembilan Skills Development Centre||1993|
|Perak||PESDC||Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre||1993|
|Johor||PUSPATRI||Johor Skills Development Centre||1993|
|Terengganu||TATI||Terengganu Advanced Technical Institute||1993|
|Sarawak||PPKS||Sarawak Skills Development Centre||1994|
|Malacca||MISDC||Malacca Industrial Skills Development Centre||1994|
|Pahang||PSDC||Pahang Skills Development Centre Berhad||1996|
|Terengganu||TESDEC||Terengganu Skills Development Centre Berhad||1996|
|Sabah||SSTC||Sabah Skills and Technology Centre||2000|
|Penang||PSDC||Penang Skills Development Centre||1989|
|Kedah||KISMEC||Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre||1993|
"The PSDC is unique in Malaysia (though other states are moving in to emulate) not just because it trains shop-floor workers as technicians and engineers but also because competing companies pool their resources to fund it."
Far Eastern Economic Review Jan 1994