Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) is setting aside RM2mil for poor Muslim students to obtain professional welding certification.
This is in line with the foundation’s objective of providing equal opportunity and quality education for all.
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has become increasingly necessary, according to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, as it equips one with skills that promise greater economic opportunities.
This programme is offered to asnaf (eligible to receive zakat) and tahfiz students to improve their standard of living through access to quality education.
The four-month certification programme aims to empower the students with internationally recognised vocational and technical skills as well as personal development and soft skills to enhance their marketability.
“Carried out by The Welding Institute (TWI), the programme assists tahfiz and asnaf students, who do not have the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia certificate or attained poor SPM results, by giving them a second chance, ” said YSD chairman Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar.
“Subsequently, they will be able to turn their lives around as well as take their families out of poverty.
“YSD is proud to be part of such a meaningful education initiative, which would also provide the students with potential opportunities to work abroad and gain more valuable exposure and experience in the future.
“We hope this will in turn, propel them to achieve their ambitions and eventually, allow them to give back to their community.”
TWI works closely with state Islamic religious councils to recruit 50 deserving candidates for the programme, who will complete two weeks of communications and personal development skills training and four months of internationally recognised certification courses in welding inspection and non-destructive testing.
In addition, each of them will be issued a green card by the Construction Industry Develop-ment Board and an Oil and Gas Safety Passport certificate.
TWI is the world’s largest provider of welding technology and inspection-related training for individuals and companies.
It is also a recognised provider of TVET certificate and diploma courses in Malaysia since 2016.
Since 2011, YSD has assisted 1,030 underprivileged students to pursue TVET certifications, through collaborations with education partners, including the Higher Education Ministry, to fulfil the talent needs of various industries.