PROFICIENCY in English is vital for future entrepreneurs if they want to succeed internationally, Penang Edu-cation director Abdul Rahman Yob said.
This was why the Young Enterprise (YE) Achievers’ Work-shop 2006 was conducted entirely in English, he said.
“English is the official language for all activities under the YE programme,” he said.
“Many holding high positions today are previous participants of the YE programme.
“We have industry experts sharing their experience and know-ledge with the students. So it is important for these young entrepreneurs to learn as much as they can,” he said.
The Government had also given serious attention to improving the language proficiency of students, he said when opening the workshop in Penang recently.
Eighteen secondary schools in Penang – SMK Hamid Khan, SMK Bukit Jambul, SMK Georgetown, SMK Seri Balik Pulau, SMK Sungai Ara, SMK Dato' Onn, SMK Kg Kastam, Union High School, Penang Free School, St. Xavier's Institution, Chung Ling High School, Convent Bukit Mertajam, Methodist Girls' School, Penang Chinese Girls' High School, SM Teknik Tunku Abdul Rahman, SM Teknik Nibong Tebal, SMK Abdul Kadir and SM Sacred Heart – are participating in the programme this year.
The workshop, held at Univer-siti Sains Malaysia, is among various activities under the YE programme.
Several business-related activities and training workshops will also be conducted throughout the year.
The YE programme was initiated by the American Malaysian Cham-ber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in 1989.
Abdul Rahman said out of the 260,000 students in Penang, only 540 were selected to attend the workshop, aimed at providing hands-on training.
“It is also important for them to have fun while learning,” he said.
Penang YE programme chairman Simon Wong said the inter-active workshop would give students an insight into the role of the board of directors in a com-pany and how to manage a business.
“It also allows young achievers to discover their talent and ability to convert their ideas into profit yielding ventures,” he said.
Advanced Micro Devices, Agilent Technologies, Avago Technologies, Citigroup, Dell Asia Pacific, Federal Express, Intel, Komag, Malaysia Automative Lighting, Motorola, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Penang Seagate, Shangri-La Hotel and USM are this year’s sponsors for the programme.