Developing future entrepreneurs

KOTA TINGGI: Johor Corp (JCorp) sees schools and universities are the best elementary platforms to nurture students interested in venturing into the business world.

Its Bisnes Amal general manager Shahruni Aslam said the role of the educational institutions has changed from producing only job seekers to job providers.

“Corporate companies, schools and universities can work hand in hand in developing future entrepreneurs with the suitable development programmes,’’ he told StarMetro.

Shahruni said this at the launch of Tunas Bistari and Didik Bistari 2012 for the Kota Tinggi district by the Pasir Raja assemblyman Datuk Dr Adham Baba on Saturday.

Five secondary and 10 primary schools from the district are taking part in this year-long programme involving 175 students and 30 teachers who acted as their mentors.

He said that the form four students who took part Tunas Bistari learned how to set up a company (15 employees in a company, raising capital, financial planning and marketing their products or services.

For the participants of Didik Bistari, the primary five and six pupils learnt basic business culture in their classrooms and they would undergo practical training at their schools and selected business premises.

“We believe in staring them young and there is no better place than do it at schools or universities,’’ added Shahruni.

He said since Program Tunas Bistari started in 1992, some 16,388 students from 165 secondary schools in Johor have taken part in the programme.

Shahruni said in 2005, Program Didik Bistari was started and as of last year, 5,410 pupils from 110 primary schools statewide have involved in the programme.

Following the success of Program Tunas Bistari, JCorp introduced Program Siswa Bistari in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) Johor campus in 2004 and extended it to UiTM’s Shah Alam campus in Selangor in 2006.

“Undergraduates have the potential to be groomed into successful entrepreneurs and this smart partnership is a win-win situation for all,’’ he said.

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