5.3.1 Stakeholder and Community Relations

Stakeholder and Community Relations

We uplift the wellbeing of local communities through our corporate social responsibility initiatives. In line with SDG 4 - Quality Education, we invest in capacity-building of our local communities by offering both scholarships and development programmes to the underprivileged.

Yayasan Gamuda

Yayasan Gamuda, our foundation arm, was set up in 2016 to oversee the Group's charitable activities. The Foundation focuses on the provision of educational aid and community enhancement programmes and in FY2018, a total of RM5,508,000 was donated to various worthy causes.

Gamuda Scholarship

A significant portion of Yayasan Gamuda funds is channelled towards Gamuda Scholarship. Since 1996, the scholarship programme has enabled more than 340 academically outstanding Malaysian students to pursue tertiary education at international and local higher education institutions. Aside from construction industry related courses, scholarships are also awarded for Accounting, Business, Information Technology and Human Resources. The scholarship covers full tuition fees and living allowance as well as employment upon graduation.

Enabling Academy

Globally, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face employment challenges. In view of the untapped potential of these individuals, the Group launched the Enabling Academy (EA) in 2017 through funding by Yayasan Gamuda. EA provides an end-to-end sustainable career development path while promoting inclusivity and diversity at the workplace.

EA provides a learning platform through the Employment Transition Programme (ETP) which is designed to equip those with ASD with relevant soft skills and practical job training that are essential for white-collar jobs. We collaborate with partner companies to provide sustainable employment to the EA graduates. To date, we have trained 19 persons with autism, of whom 17 have gained internship and employment in 15 partner companies.

EA conducts awareness seminars and job coaching workshops to prepare partner companies in developing a skilled team to support their differently-abled employees.

We are progressing towards registering EA as a Practical Assessment Centre for Accreditation of Prior Achievement. This programme is offered by the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources. With this accreditation, our EA graduates could take their existing ETP qualification further by obtaining industry-recognised certificates, diplomas or advanced diplomas. This would assist them to move up the value chain from their existing administrative roles.

List of partner companies with Enabling Academy

  • Brick Dotcom Sdn Bhd
  • Macro Dimension Concrete Sdn Bhd
  • Lafarge Shared Services Sdn Bhd
  • LafargeHolcim Regional Service Centre
  • Gamuda GM Klang Sdn Bhd
  • Feruni Ceramiche Sdn Bhd
  • Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd
  • CIMB Bank Bhd
  • A & A Architects
  • Ringo Low & Associates
  • DRB-HICOM Bhd
  • Agrifert Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Thistle Hotel Port Dickson
  • Golden Screen Cinema Sdn Bhd
  • Gamuda Group (Gamuda Land and Gamuda Engineering)

Project Differently-Abled

We hire individuals with ASD through the Enabling Academy as well as our in-house recruitment programme, the “Project Differently-Abled (DA)”. This project is a forerunner of EA and was initiated back in 2013 as part of the Group’s effort to embrace diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

To date, we have recruited 20 DA full-time employees in administration, engineering, research and IT programming across various departments in the Group.

Each DA employee is assigned an experienced supervisor and buddy who provides psychological and functional support. DA colleagues undergo the same career and training development as other Gamudians.

Upskilling local communities

We collaborate with external partners in several training programmes that focus on construction-related skills and competencies.