Residents of the Seri Pantai People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur can look forward to bettering their lives through business with a special Entrepreneurship Programme initiated by Taylor’s Education Group in collaboration with CIMB Islamic Bank.
The programme is the college’s latest initiative to further empower the PPR residents in addition to a series of projects organised over the past six months.
The collaboration will see both parties tailor-make a series of classes and workshops for participating residents, especially women, to improve their entrepreneurial skills.
Taylor’s Education Group chief executive officer Datuk Loy Teik Ngan said the initiative was conceptualised after working with the residents and realising that this was an area that could be addressed.
He announced the new programme at the Sustainability Fest held at the PPR.
Also present was CIMB Islamic Bank chief executive officer Mohamed Rafe Haneef.'
Mohamed Rafe said the programme would highlight development opportunities for women as the bank always emphasised the importance of capacity building through its corporate responsibility efforts.
“Our objective is to champion sustainable programmes that have the capacity to make a real difference to people’s lives by equipping them with skills such as financial literacy, ability to formulate business plans and human capital management, which are essential to entrepreneurship,” he said.
Mohamed Rafe added the group was “honoured and truly excited” to partner with Taylor’s in inculcating entrepreneurship among the residents.
“We are confident that with the teaching expertise provided by Taylor’s, we can reap positive results and various benefits from this collaboration,” he added.
During the festival, Loy thanked the bank for coming on board.
He also unveiled an area within the PPR Seri Pantai compound that had been converted into a small farm and handed over to the residents.
He shared that the sustainable project was part of Taylor’s effort to be actively involved in the day-to-day needs of the community while raising awareness of the importance of sustainable living.
“Our team broke up into several groups to work closer with the PPR residents over the last six months, concentrating specifically on areas such as health awareness, food waste management, recycling and environmental consciousness.
“The culmination of the last half a year is an exhibition about what the groups have done together with the residents, which I’m extremely impressed with,” Loy said.
He highlighted that students from Taylor’s University also coached schoolchildren from the PPR, an exercise that would continue into the near future.
He said the group was committed to ensuring the projects’ sustainability.
“The Sustainability Fest today is to showcase our commitment to invest in long-term projects in a consistent manner for this community, encouraging them to be self-sustaining before we move on to nurture and empower more communities,” he added.