The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Persona Energy Sdn. Bhd. (Persona) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Technology Transfer Apprenticeship Programme (TTAP), a human capital development programme designed to enhance automotive skills and knowledge of local talents through apprenticeships in the global motorsport scene.
The MoU exchange, held in MARii Headquarters, Cyberjaya was attended by Dato’ Madani Sahari, CEO of MARii and Jazeman Jaafar, Malaysian International Racing Driver and Director of Persona.
TTAP throws apprentices straight into the action by providing direct exposure through attachments to experienced race engineers, in international racing events with professional motorsport teams.
“Motorsport is a highly-demanding field, especially in terms of technology application, vehicle engineering and business management, which are critical elements in the formation of a highly-skilled and capable local talent pool. The TTAP programme is designed with an emphasis on practical and experiential learning to accelerate the development of skills, knowledge and experience of participants”, said Dato’ Madani.
He also said that TTAP includes management aspects of motorsports - including media relations, branding strategies, and people management.
This allows for the involvement of participants in real-world scenarios of the motorsport industry, forming a firm foundation for graduating apprentices to jumpstart their career in the areas of technology, engineering, safety, as well as the structural organisation of various motorsport disciplines to build a local talent pool capable of handling global racing teams from the ground-up - at the same time, contributing to the growth of the local automotive and mobility industry.
“Motorsports is a demanding industry that requires total commitment from its engineers. With the creation of TTAP by MARii and Persona, this programme will hone the potential skills and expertise of participants in motorsports and high-performance engineering through a combination of teaching and motorsports attachment. From this programme, our intent is to ensure our engineers are ready to further their careers internationally. With the high technology development in motorsports, this will enable us to capitalise on the technology transfer which will enhance developments for the local automotive and motorsport industry.”, said Jazeman, who is also a Mentor of the TTAP.
Once the programme has identified the international platform, 10 selected local talents will be given the opportunity to enhance their skills with motorsports teams, with the inclusion of 2 female students as an initiative to enhance women empowerment within the industry.