ABOUT 40 girls and women will undergo a six-month skills training programme to help them improve their home-based businesses.
The programme, under Johor’s Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation’s (YPKDT) Women’s Income-Generating Skills Project (Wings), focuses on single mothers, youth, children from single-parent families and underprivileged women in the state.
The foundation’s chief executive officer Nurul Naqiah Fadzil said the training programme in collaboration with Johor Giatmara is offering courses in confectionery and bakery, fashion and dressmaking as well as cooking and eatery management.
“We hope to upgrade the skills of female entrepreneurs through the programme and help them to develop better quality products and services to become more financially independent to cope with the rising cost of living.
“Once they complete the course, each participant will receive the Malaysian Skills Certificate from the Skills Development Department and Giatmara, ” she said.
Nurul Naqiah noted that the courses would be held in different locations — the confectionery and bakery course in Johor Baru and Sri Gading, while the cooking and eatery management course in Muar.
She said the fashion and dressmaking course would be held in Segamat, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Muar, Pagoh, Pengerang, Simpang Renggam, Sri Gading and Tenggara.
The cost would be borne by YPKDT and participants have to give their full commitment throughout the course.
The programme, which starts this month, is open to those aged between 15 and 55.
“We initially targeted 40 participants but received overwhelming response with 80 applications.
“Only those with interest in their respective fields were accepted to join.
“This is because we want to produce more skilled women with a competitive edge who can contribute to the state’s economy at the same time.
“This is in line with the foundation’s aspirations and the objective of the Wings programme, ” she said.
Nurul Naqiah also said that more skills training programmes catering to single mothers and low-income earners have been lined up for this year.
Upcoming programmes and activities will be announced through its website http://ypkdt.org.my/ and Facebook page periodically.