Change mindset on vocational education, job-seekers told

Despite a slowdown in the oil-and-gas sector, there are many vocational jobs offered by other industries.

MIRI: Stop looking down on technical and vocational education, Sarawakians were told.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said technical and vocational education could secure long-term employment and bring in stable income.

And there were many high-paying job opportunities available in the technical and vocational fields in Sarawak, especially in the Samalaju industrial zone, he added.

Adenan said Sarawakians had been holding on to the wrong views about technical and vocational jobs.

“We have to change our mindset. These jobs do pay well, and sometimes very well,” he said in his message in conjunction with Institute Technology Petroleum Petronas’ graduation ceremony here.

“There are still many technical and vocational jobs in Sarawak. “There are thousands of vacancies coming up in Samalaju alone, he added.

Samalaju is located within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy belt in Bintulu, some 200km from Miri.

Adenan urged school leavers to opt for technical and vocational courses.

“It is important for SPM school leavers to understand that their current qualifications are not enough to secure high-paying jobs.

“They should acquire technical skills in a trade or industry,” he added.

Adenan noted that amid the slowdown in the oil-and-gas sector, the current job market was highly competitive and employers were selective on hiring employers.

He thanked Petronas for allocating RM420mil to provide more technical and vocational training in Sarawak.

Some 385 trainees received certificates at the graduation ceremony.

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