This new division was established in June 2004, with the aims of ensuring that the programmes offered at all ILJTMs are suitable and meet the present industrial requirements. Among the tasks performed by the branch are conducting thorough industrial related research and developing strategic planning on programmes that are being run, and those in the pipeline as long-term planning. The objectives and functions include:
Acting as the think-tank, the catalyst in initiating creative ideas to develop macro policies of the skills training management with the aims to produce highly-skilled youth with competitive qualities.
- Responsible in creating research and development with planning for the vocational training programs that cater to the needs of the local market.
- To plan, research and determine high quality training programs that are executed according to the customers' needs.
- To plan, research and determine new, high quality training programs to meet the demands of the job market.
- To plan and execute research with government agencies and the private sector as well as foreign organizations to analyse vocational training issues to upgrade the national skills training programs.
- To plan and oversee development projects under the Five-Year Malaysian Plan.