New certification for 188 Montfort graduates

Aaron Francis (centre) receiving the Scholar of the Year award from Muhd Khair (right). With them is MBT board of governors chairman Dr Philip Tan Chee Lin.

A HUNDRED and eighty-eight graduates from the Montfort Boys Town and Montfort Girls Centre (MBT) received their scrolls at the learning institution’s 2019 graduation ceremony, ready to join the job market as skilled talents.

The event also marked MBT’s 60th year as a holistic institution dedicated to helping underprivileged youths, and the batch as the first group of skilled talents certified by the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB) new facilities maintenance programme.

“The theme of this year’s graduation is ‘We Gonna Raise Our Hope’,” said MBT director Brother Robin Devasagayam.

“We have high hopes for our graduates today who have successfully completed their skills-based courses. The country needs skilled talent across various industrial sectors.

“We are happy to note that our graduates will enter into employment with a certificate recognised by the Malaysian government.

“To all graduates, you have proven that you can overcome any difficulty through the knowledge and expertise gained over the past two years. Keep on striving to improve yourselves, and make your parents proud,” said Robin.

Prior to 2017, MBT offered seven vocational programmes: computer maintenance, graphic design and multimedia, machining, hospitality, bakery and pastry, electrical and automotive.

After completing their two-year vocational programme, graduates receive the Malaysian Skills Certification (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) recognised by the Human Resources Ministry.

MBT introduced the facilities maintenance programme to its line-up of courses in 2017.

The move reflected its efforts to help Malaysia address the demand for skilled talent following a projected shortage of 93,500 skilled workers by 2030, according to The Talent Shift Study by Korn Ferry.

First-year students of the MBT facilities maintenance programme are given basic maintenance training in the domestic installation of air-conditioning and servicing, and domestic single-phase wiring and installation.

In their second year, students are trained in domestic plumbing installations and repairing, metal inert gas and arc welding processes, as well as erecting and dismantling tubular scaffolding.

”I commend Montfort Boys Town for being one of the pioneering NGOs to provide skills training and character formation to the youths in need,” Manpower Department director-general Datuk Muhd Khair Razman said in a speech he read on behalf of Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

“Kudos to all students for their hard work and perseverance, as well as the teaching staff for their commitment, guidance and noble efforts.

“The Eleventh Malaysian Plan 2016 to 2020 outlined that skilled workers among the local workforce should be enhanced from the current 28% to 35% by 2020.

“Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is to become a game changer to meet the demands and requirements of the industry in terms of addressing the mismatch,” Muhd Khair added.

“Well-functioning TVET systems are best placed to train the skilled workforce, which Malaysia needs to address its socio-economic development challenges.”

MBT also rewarded graduates who demonstrated stellar performances in other areas such as creativity, discipline, sports and leadership.

The awards ceremony culminated with the presentation of the scholar of the year award to Aaron Francis Daniel Morgan, an automotive programme graduate who demonstrated outstanding performance across all aspects of life and training.

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