Sarawak to champion IT training

Len Talif signing a plaque to mark the opening of the carnival. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

KUCHING: The Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) is set to become a centre of excellence in information technology with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with KnowledgeCom Corp (M) Sdn Bhd.

Under the agreement, PPKS and KnowledgeCom will work together to develop teaching and research at the centre of excellence.

Workforce Development and Training Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh, who witnessed the MOU signing, said the centre would provide certificate programmes in information technology to train students, graduates, employees and retrenched workers.

“I believe this will place Sarawak as a premier training centre for information and communication technology,” he said when opening the PPKS education carnival here.

PPKS also signed MOUs with Yunco Building Systems Sdn Bhd and Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) during the ceremony.

The centre will work with Yunco on a steel truss installer programme to meet the need for skilled workers in the construction industry. Yunco will provide materials, equipment and on-the-job training while PPKS will provide education and training services, marketing and logistics management.

“Based on feedback from the industry, there is need for skilled workers to install steel trusses. At present, about 70% to 80% of these installers are foreign workers.

“This is a smart move by both parties to develop human capital in this area and reduce the dependence on foreign workers,” Len Talif said.

PPKS will also work with ABM to offer internationally-recognised certificates from The Welding Institute (TWI).

Through the MOU, both parties will offer the ABM-TWI and PPKS-AWISAR programmes in welding and welding inspector. ABM programmes will be also be offered to PPKS students and graduates.

“Both parties will maximise their resources through the sharing of facilities, teaching equipment and lecturers,” Len Talif said.

He said the cooperation between PPKS and its strategic partners would contribute towards human capital development and meeting the workforce requirements of industries in the state.

On the carnival, he said it was a platform to highlight the importance of technical and vocational training in providing skilled workers for industries.

According to him, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) will require 300,728 skilled and semi-skilled workers by 2020, rising to 435,210 in 2030.

“The heavy industries in Samalaju will need skilled workers in various fields such as welding, heavy machinery and information technology,” he added.

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