The agreement with Malaysia's Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will see the introduction of the Safety Supervisor Apprenticeship Program (SSAP). It is the first formal collaboration of its type between the public and private sectors in Malaysia.
Lendlease said that training model is similar to apprenticeships offered in the construction industry in Australia and the United Kingdom, where trainees earn an allowance while undergoing a comprehensive training programme and on-the-job training.
The structured program, jointly developed with CIDB will provide industry-recognised training, encompassing both theoretical and on-site training components. Trainees who successfully complete the SSAP will receive a formal CIDB and Lendlease SSAP qualification.
Successful completion also earns the trainee various certifications issued by the Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH), National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and CIDB Akademi Binaan Malaysia (CIDB ABM). These certifications are required before the trainees can be appointed as site supervisors on construction projects.
The SSAP training programme varies from 12 to 24 months, subject to trainees' experience. The first programme is scheduled to run in mid-2016. A total of 150 apprentices will be selected over the five-year programme period.
Lendlease’s Head of Malaysia Dinesh Nambiar said: "Safety is one of our guiding principles and we are committed to incident and injury free workplaces. Through this programme, we hope to attract youths to join and stay in the construction industry."