All new industries need special skills. In response to demand, a halal industry course is being offered at the Penang Skills Development Centre. After only a year, 62 students have graduated and all have been found employment in various commercial sectors. This six-month course offers classroom work and on-the-job training on halal applications.
There are about 1.57 billion Muslims in the world today, and the number is growing. This means that the demand for safe, high-quality halal food will rise astronomically. Undeniably, this industry holds vast and untapped potential. In 2008 alone, the market for halal food products was worth an estimated US$2.1trillion (RM7.35trillion) – and this did not take logistics and packaging into account.
Recently, the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), which is responsible for promoting and generating awareness on business opportunities within the sector, made its training modules available in the bid to train and produce a larger pool of graduates to support this new growth industry.
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