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Economic Research, Vol.23 No.4 December 2010.

Preliminary communication


Abd Hair Awang
Rahmah Ismail
Zulridah Mohd Noor

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Nurturing a high-quality, knowledgeable and innovative human capital with strong moral and ethical values has become a new source of driving the nation’s productivity growth and competitiveness. Therefore, Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was established in 1992 to generate lifelong learning in workplace setting to improve labor productivity, technology transfer and innovation. In 2002 it was renamed as Human Resource Development Limited (HRDL). All registered employers with HRDL are eligible for the employees training grants. The total approved training places and disbursement of training grants had increased over the years. This paper investigates to what extent the training programs improve employee knowledge, skills, works behavior and job performance, and what are the significant training related factors influencing job performance. The paper is based on data collected through self-reported survey on 1200 employees (45.8 percent responded) at hotels, resorts and ICTs companies in four selected states. Out of the responses, 73 percent attended various training programs coordinated by HRDL. The result shows that, in general, the training programs improve knowledge, skills and positive work behavior of employees. Multiple linear regression analysis supports the hypothesis that training related variables have positive impact on employees’ job performance except cognitive competence.

Training; competence; job performance; employee quality


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