Penang skills centre gets Edexcel partner status

THE Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) has been awarded “Quality Partner” status by Edexcel International, which means that it can act as consultant to any institution wanting to offer engineering diploma programmes run by Edexcel. 

PSDC executive director Boonler Somchit said that as a partner, PSDC would help replicate its quality system for new training centres for a fee. 

“We can do this in all Asean countries. It is a win-win situation as it would be another venue for business,” Somchit said. 

He added that Edexcel had earlier given PSDC the Centre of Excellence Award, making it the first in Asia to receive the award. 

The centre conducts the BTEC HND in engineering programmes specifically in electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering.  

Said Somchit: “The BTEC HND in engineering offered by PSDC is designed to allow students to develop specific skills and applications needed by local employers.” 

“The diploma enables one to step into the industry as a higher level technician, associate engineer or other engineering position and paves the way for further educational options. This includes the option to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science or Engineering at local universities and higher institutions as well as overseas.”  

He said PSDC has trained some 10,000 people since its inception in 1989 and that nearly 1,000 of them have completed the BTEC courses. At present, 634 students are taking the courses and 111 would graduate this year. 

PSDC, which has 96 company-members, is the first industry-led training centre in Malaysia. It is a non-profit training organisation offering cost-effective industrial training.  

The centre also collaborates with other institutions, like Multimedia University, the National Vocational Training Council and Cisco, to offer programmes in engineering, information technology and business, as well as short-term courses in automation and IT.  

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