STIDC aims to produce 100 furniture designers by 2030

Hashim (standing, fifth left) with some of the Poyod trainees (front) during a meeting.

KUCHING: Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) targets to produce 100 furniture designers by 2030 to help the furniture industry in Sarawak grow and achieve the export target of RM6 billion, says its general manager Hashim Bojet.

Towards this target, STIDC has developed and implemented the Pool of Young Designers (Poyod) training programme in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia.

This year, the fresh Industrial Design graduates from Unimas embarked on their maiden one-year industrial
training on furniture design at various companies in Kuching and Miri.

Prior to that, they attended a briefing conducted by the STIDC recently.

The main objective of this training programme would be to make talented and skilled furniture designers readily available for this industry in Sarawak.

It is a two-year programme – a one-year attachment with the local furniture manufacturers, and another year’s attachment with the ITB in Bandung.

During the attachment, Poyod trainees would be trained through completion of projects targeting at international exposures.

For this year, STIDC would take part in international furniture exhibitions in India and Dubai UAE to promote furniture produced by the company based on designs created by the

“It is STIDC’s hope that through our participation in these exhibitions, it would be a breakthrough for Sarawak furniture internationally,” said Hashim.

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