HR development award for Northport

Northport (M) Bhd’s commitment to human capital development was recognised recently when it bagged the 2009 Human Resources Ministry HR Development Award under the major employer (services sector) category.

The award, organised annually by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd, is the country’s leading event to recognise leadership and benchmark human resource practices.

Northport managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader said that as a service-related company, Northport placed high importance on human capital development.

Datuk Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader

Datuk Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader

This was to ensure service levels offered by the port meet global standards, he said in a statement.

“We are a global port serving the needs of more than 100 global shipping lines which connect Northport to more than 300 ports worldwide.

“Thus the expectation is very high on the delivery standards and performance levels which cannot be achieved unless we have well-trained and dedicated workforce in Northport,” he said.

Northport has 2,700 employees.

Basheer said in view of the heavy responsibility placed on the port’s workers, Northport had given considerable importance to retraining and skills upgrading.

“We have a dynamic human resources development programme which aims to equip our employees with specialised and up-to-date skills. This is especially since businesses are becoming more competitive and demanding,” he said.

Northport is Malaysia’s largest multi-purpose port. It offers the widest shipping connectivity among ports in the country.

By: The Star Online

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