SIBU: More youths are enrolling in vocational and technical courses to meet the state’s future manpower needs.
Workforce Development and Training assistant minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said parents and students are now more aware of the value of having technical qualifications.
“For example, enrolment at the Matang Vocational College in Kuching has increased from 5,000 to 5,200 students,” said Len Talif when met at the Sibu Melanau Association dinner.
Despite this, he said there was a need for the Federal Government to promote technical and vocational courses.
“We have proposed that Form One students be allowed to enrol in technical schools instead of at Form Four which is the current practice. In fact, we should even have technical programmes in primary schools so that pupils will be interested in vocational and technical subjects, besides science and mathematics,” he noted.
Separately, he said the state government was trying to encourage students who enrolled for technical courses in Peninsular Malaysia to return to work in Sarawak.
The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy is expected to create up to 1.5 million jobs.