MANY schools and even parents may at times find it hard to deal with children who perform poorly in studies.
They acknowledge the fact that those who perform poorly may face difficulties in finding jobs and often fall victim to social ills that were prevalent in society.
Statistics revealed a large number of people who are involved in criminal activities do make up those who have done poorly in their studies.
However, industrial expert P. Sri Ganesh believes this group can be transformed into skillful employees through proper training.
Through a pilot project initiated by the MIC Skills Training Bureau, Ganesh, who is also the bureau chairman, said some 250 youths had successfully completed various skill courses in a short period of less than a year.
“The interesting thing is that we are able to identify poor learners when they were still in Form Three.
“We visit schools to identify potential dropouts in order to get them onto the right track before they sit for their government exams.
“We even go to the extent of meeting the parents and explaining to them that their child’s future lies elsewhere.
“We take these students out of school and enrol them into various skills training colleges when they are 16 years old,” he added.
Prior to enrolling them into the skills programme, Ganesh said the bureau also carried out a profiling of the students.
As part of the process, they would arrange for the students to be interviewed by employers to secure jobs even before their graduation with diplomas, he said.
Ganesh said at times, employers would sponsor in full or partly the students they intent to employ.
He said students were required to go through a bridging programme as a preparation process before they begin the two-year course.
“There are some 12 colleges that offer skills training and 39 employers who are working with us closely.
“The students are offered a wide range of courses including mechatronics, electronics, automotive, culinary arts, cooking, hair dressing, food and beverage, information system and creative multimedia,” he said.
Upon completion, the students would not only have secured employment but also earn a good income, Ganesh added.
“Their starting salary will be between RM1,500 and RM1,800 depending on the type of course,” he said.
Besides this group of students, Ganesh said the bureau also offered opportunity to those who were unable to enroll in colleges due to lack of credits in their Sijil Pealajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam.
He said it also catered for the needs of those with working experience but without paper qualifications.
Those interested can call 012-2602524/012-5247323 (Thilaga) or 1-800-888066.