Building a stronger industry

BlueScope Malaysia has joined forces with the Department of Polytechnic Education and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to host its first educational program for students and lecturers from the Faculty of Architectural and Structural Engineering at Port Dickson Polytechnic.

BlueScope believes these students represent the future of the Malaysian building and construction industry, and the program aims to give them an inside look at the evolution of steel products and the detailed work behind the development of new products, as well as educating them about selecting and using quality steel materials.

“The need to upgrade the quality and number of technical courses available, and a shortage of skilled workers in the building and construction industry encouraged us to work alongside Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to develop this training program,” explains Pongsak Padungkarn, BlueScope Country President Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. “We believe it is a unique learning model that will boost the employment prospects of the students who take part.”

The three-day program covers a variety of topics including BlueScope’s best practice safe work behaviours for roof and wall cladding installation, and the environmental attributes of coated steel, which are becoming increasingly sought after in the building and construction industry. It complements the series of seminars for architects, engineers and other industry practitioners hosted by BlueScope.

The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia has welcomed the collaboration and partnership with BlueScope, which it believes will help strengthen the knowledge and expertise of steel industry participants.