KUCHING: Sarawak is promoting technical and skills training among youths in order to produce the necessary manpower for its industrialisation efforts.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the state was serious about industrialisation, for which it would need a skilled workforce.
He said there had been too much mismatching in the past when graduates could not find jobs because what they had learnt was not required by the industries.
“We have to fit round pegs into round holes. There should be no more mismatching and the future lies in technical training.
“Our youths must be fully employed. On top of their certificates, they must have the right skills,” he said when opening the Sarawak Career and Training Fair at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Saturday.
Adenan said the two-day fair was a platform for youths to find out about technical training and job opportunities. Some 78 educational institutions and 62 companies participated in the fair, with nearly 3,000 jobs on offer.
“If you are unemployed, you can find a job so that our state can be more prosperous and we can raise the income level of our people. The example of other countries has shown that with industrialisation and skilled manpower, we can move from being a Third World country to the First World in the years to come,” he said.
Meanwhile, Petronas reiterated its commitment to support academic excellence and technical skills development among Sarawakians through its participation in the fair.
Its group human resource management senior vice president Raiha Azni Abd Rahman said Petronas was working closely with the state government to develop human capital.
“With the growth of Petronas in Sarawak, we need more talent from the state who are skillful,” she said at the fair.
Under the collaboration, Petronas will contribute towards student sponsorship, elevating academic standards and promoting technical skills development to enhance the employability of youths.
Raiha said Petronas was providing sponsorship for 150 needy students in MRSM Kuching, MRSM Betong and MRSM Mukah this year.
She said it was also providing support to four technical institutions in Sarawak under its Vocational Institution Sponsorship and Training Assistance (Vista) programme in collaboration with Yayasan Sarawak.
“We hope that our academic sponsorship and Vista programme will produce more technical professionals to drive socio-economic growth in Sarawak,” she added.