Business training for villagers

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jun 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Rural folk in villages and Felda areas will be taught to become entrepreneurs through the setting up of 10 new National Youth Training Institute branch campuses across the country. 

The centres, each costing RM50mil, will equip prospective students in rural areas with “soft skills” such as interpersonal communications and business acumen, to help them use their skills to launch self-employed careers, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said. 

Under the upcoming Ninth Malaysia Plan, she said, the ministry hoped to churn out around 100,000 graduates yearly from the centres and meet the market demands for skilled and enterprising employees. 

“Some of the people in the rural areas know how to repair motorcycles, but need to be taught how to be self-employed so that they have the choice of opening their own business. 

“Currently, around 40% of the graduates become entrepreneurs, but we hope that all of them can become self-employed,” she said after opening the national convocation ceremony at Putra Stadium here yesterday. More than 3,000 graduated from the 14 National Youth Training Institutes for Higher Learning. 

CONVOCATION CEREMONY: Azalina leading a procession of the institute graduates and committee members during the convocation ceremony at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

She said the ministry would also look into sponsoring youths with specific skills, such as cooking, to take courses under the National Vocational Skills Council programmes.  

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