Sabah-based academy among 100 best SMEs
Published on: Monday, December 10, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Gain Forlife Academy (GFA), a Sabah-based training provider was among the 100 selected best SMEs in whole of Malaysia in its category (Education).It received the prestigious award for 2018 organised by Business Media International held at KL Convention Centre at nation capital on Nov 30.

That made GFA the only training provider from East Malaysia to receive the award in that category during the event called "SME100 Awards: Malaysia's Fast Moving Companies".

GFA's Managing Director, Nelson Mosinoh conveyed his profound gratitude on the recognition he received on behalf of the college and said it boiled down to hard work and effort from all parties who had contributed immensely in imparting and discharging their dutiful responsibilities as training providers.

He received the award from Dr Ong Kian Ming, Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry (Miti).

"On the international front, we are the first and only training provider in East Malaysia offering internationally-recognised skills certification programme from NCFE, UK and Digital Marketing Institute (DMI), Northern Ireland," said Nelson who was overwhelmed with the honour.

SME100 Award is the premier regional awards for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Award identifies and recognises SMEs based on a basket of quantitative and qualitative criteria with a focus on growth (turnover, profit and market share) and resilience (best practices, sustainability and vision).

Nelson also expressed his excitement and dedicated this award to his hard working and dedicated team in the company.

Reminiscing his early days when he just started the company 14 years ago at the age of 25-years-old, it was indeed a tough and challenging journey, he said.

"With no experience and no connection, I courageously borrowed money from banks and family members in order to start the company.

"(But) I was mentally prepared to face the reality," he said.

However, in the first eight months into business, he said, they were forced to temporarily close shop but still have debts to service and salary to pay.

Not willing to give up, he restructured the business model with the help of his elder brother and within six months re-opened the business.

"The rest as they say is history," he said.

Today, Gain Forlife Academy is also known as the 1st Industry Led Academy in Sabah with its network and collaboration with the industries from the hospitality as well as the retail industries.

To ensure quality delivery of the programmes, they engaged industry experts to be their panel of advisors and get themselves certified by local and international certification bodies.

"We are an approved training provider by Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK), Human Resources Development Fund and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac)," he said.

NCFE, UK is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, the Digital Marketing Institute is the world's leading digital marketing and selling professional certification body. Through its growing network of over 80 education partners in 100 countries, the digital specialist offers industry validated professional certifications from associate to master level.

"Moving towards the 4th industrial revolution (IR 4.0), it is vital that today's generation embraced the inevitable change which requires one to have the required skills to remain employed.

It is with this realisation that the academy decided to invest and bring the necessary skills training to the people of Sabah which is both locally and internationally recognised.

"We are committed to ensure that the youth (especially Sabahans) are not left out and remain relevant in the job market as we advance towards the IR 4.0 which is expected to be very competitive," he said.

To compliment the products the academy offer, most of their training programmes are industry driven.

Jobs are ever ready for the trainees upon completing their skills training programme.

"It was made possible with the understanding and collaboration with more than 50 of our industrial partners," he said.

Working closely with Malaysian Hotel Association (MAH- Sabah Chapter), Federation of Sabah Industries (FSI) and several retail chain groups of companies have enabled the company to identify the skills and requirement of potential trainees that need be trained before "handing them over" to the industry for employment.

"We are proud to reveal that our employment rate achievement is more than 95pc success," he said. - Lorena Binisol


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