THE Education Ministry and McDonald’s Malaysia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer upper secondary students the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) in the National Dual Training System (SLDN) mode.
Through this strategic collaboration, vocational college students participating in the food service programme offered by the fast food chain will be awarded the SKM Level 3, under the Human Resources Ministry Department of Skills Development, upon completion of the programme.
McDonald’s Malaysia managing director and local operating partner Azmir Jaafar said: “Through this programme, we will be able to provide more youths with the opportunity to fulfill their potential, learn new skills, and build their career in the food service industry.”
Azmir added that the strategic collaboration has further motivated the company to continue playing a key role in supporting the government’s agenda of producing a highly skilled and competitive workforce.
“Collaborating with the ministry on this programme is a significant milestone for us as it reflects how we are able to serve as a foundation for local youths to build meaningful careers,” he said.
The McDonald’s SLDN programme will be offered in stages at selected vocational colleges throughout the country.
For now, ERT Setapak Vocational College is the only vocational college that offers the programme to students who recently completed their Form Three Assessment (PT3) exams. This programme will see 59 students be part of the pioneer batch.
Education director-general Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim said the collaboration was a positive initiative to help youths aged 15 and above improve their knowledge and skills through vocational and technical education training (TVET).
She said collaborations between educational institutions and industries must be intensified post-Covid-19 to develop holistic talents who can contribute to the economy and the country as a whole.
Existing SLDN programmes, she said, are currently offered in 15 vocational colleges, across 26 areas with a total of 502 students, via various industry collaborations in the country.
Vocational college students participating in the programme will be fully sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia. This covers a monthly allowance of RM1,200, accommodation, medical and insurance benefits, as well as free meals.
In total, McDonald’s Malaysia will be spending a total of RM30,000 per student.
Upon completion of the programme, these students will be equipped with SKM Level 3, and will have the option to kickstart and grow their career at McDonald’s, join other companies within the food service industry, or further their education.
Azmir said the company was also helping to enhance industry teaching skills at vocational colleges through their ‘Train the Trainers’ programme.
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