3 Things You May Not Be Aware of When Looking for A Post-Retrenchment Training Agency

When an employer retrenches an employee, that doesn’t mean the employer can simply hand the retrenched employee the termination letter and close the door behind them once they leave.

After retrenchment, one of the responsibilities of the employer is to call in a training agency to provide free training for their retrenched workers to further upskill and reskill them. 

This might sound like a simple thing, but there are three key things employers need to be aware of before sending their retrenched employees for reskilling and upskilling training.  

The first and most important has got to be that…


Yup, training for your retrenched workers is all paid for. Unbelievable I know, but if you align with a training agency to conduct the training program, you don’t have to pay out a single cent for the training.

This is because training for retrenched employees is all paid for under Employment Insurance System (EIS). Interestingly, this scheme is not a totally Malaysian thing, but common throughout many developed countries worldwide to in a collective effort to upgrade the national workforce.

All that you need to do on your end is to simply contact a training agency and hire them for their services and let them do the rest. With that in mind, there is exactly zero excuses for employers to skip on enrolling their retrenched employees for training.

In addition, since we’re on the topic of training agencies, one key point to know is,


Even though this is a rare occurrence, it doesn’t mean that it hasn’t happened before. A company hires a “training consulting agency” to reskill and upskill its retrenched workers as part of the post retrenchment program.

A few months later, a retrenched employee comes back, complaining that their certificate from their training is unusable. After following up, you found out the “training center” wasn’t certified with the proper authorities aka Social Security Organization (SOCSO), making the certificate from them completely unusable.

It’s important to make sure when you’re looking for a training center, the first thing that you absolutely must check is that its properly registered with the proper


Last but certainly not least, you must continuously keep in touch with your employees about your training, in any way possible, be it through call, email or messaging.

This is a key point because usually, recently retrenched employees will still be confused and won’t even know what’s going on. It’s up to their previous employers to be prepared to communicate with them about the free “upskilling and reskilling” training that you have provided.

By clearly communicating with your retrenched employees the who’s, what’s and how’s of the training you have provided for them, it will help, in a manner of speaking, ease the disengagement process.

While these free training courses may seem troublesome for some retrenched employees, there will be some among them that would really appreciate the effort you put into helping them pursue another job opportunity even after the disengagement.

Speaking of free training, did you know even though Job Assist Malaysia labels itself as a HR Consulting Agency, we offer free training services over various fields, particularly those that further upskill retrenched employees. Feel free to browse our website to learn more about us!

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