The PSDC (Penang Skills Development Centre) was established in 1989 and is the first tripartite, industry-led skills training and education centre in Malaysia. Since its inception, the PSDC has grown phenomenally to become the premier learning institution in the country, dedicated to meet the immediate human resource needs of the business community and to support and strengthen business requirements. It has attained both national and international recognition as a truly successful example of shared learning and a model institution for human resource development to be emulated within and beyond Malaysia.

Over a period of 20 years, the Centre has trained over 150,000 participants through more than 7,000 courses; pioneered local industry development initiatives; assisted in the input and formulation of national policies pertaining to human capital development and contributed directly to the Malaysian workforce transformation initiatives. 

In line with its commitment to support the growth and development of local industries, the PSDC remains dedicated in its aim to provide quality training programs and services to SMEs. In 2010, it executed PSDC 3.0, a strategy that supports the onset of Industry 3.0, the advent of High Technology Research and Design & Development activities in the field of manufacturing and its related services. With its unique approach incorporating both the New Economic Model and the 1Malaysia: People First, Performance Now concepts, the PSDC continues to supply high-end Shared Services facilities and promote fundamental Design and Development activities to meet the current needs and demands of the industry.