New technical centre in Lundu to train local youths

An artists impression of the proposed new Centre for Technical Excellence Sarawak, Lundu Campus. - Zulazhar Sheblee / The Star

LUNDU: A new technical training centre to be built here will provide more opportunities for local youths to enhance their employability by acquiring relevant skills.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the Centre of Tehnical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) Lundu campus would help to meet the state’s demand for skilled workers in its efforts towards achieving industrialisation.

“Nowadays having SPM qualification alone is not enough to get a job. You need skills, technical education, in order to get a good job.

“We don’t want our young people to be unemployed and sit at home doing nothing. Sarawak needs skilled workers, so young people should take up the opportunity available at the Centexs campus here,” he said when launching the earth-breaking ceremony for the project at Jalan Bau-Lundu yesterday.

Announcing an initial allocation of RM10mil for the project, Adenan said he wanted construction to start immediately.

He also said the Centexs campus was one of several projects earmarked for the Lundu and Sematan areas.

The others include a matriculation college in Sematan and proposed waterfronts in Lundu and Sematan.

In addition, the Telok Melanu-Sematan stretch of the Pan-Borneo Highway is set to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sept 15.

Adenan and guests looking at a model of the proposed new centre.
Adenan and guests looking at a model of the proposed new centre.

State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani said the Centexs Lundu campus offered training programmes in welding, mechatronics, tailoring, wireman, hospitality and scaffolding.

He said a first batch of 60 students would start their training on Sept 7 at a temporary campus housed in the old Lundu district office while awaiting the completion of the permanent campus next year.

“We encourage youths to take up skills training at Centexs as it is more practical and hands-on. The training is carried out in cooperation with industries through apprenticeship or on-the-job training.

“With the setting up of the Lundu campus, we hope more youths will be trained in technical skills to provide more skilled workers for the state,” he said, adding that Sarawak needed 350,000 workers with technical and vocational skills to become a developed state by 2030.

Meanwhile, Petronas handed over sponsorship to five schools in Lundu under its Trust School programme in collaboration with Yayasan Amir.

The schools are SMK Lundu, SK Siar Campuran, SK Sampadi, SK Stunggang Melayu and SK Bumiputera.

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