Ministry wants institutions to be able to supply sufficient manpower

  • Nation
  • Friday, 24 Feb 2012

KUALA TERENGGANU: Community colleges will ensure there is sufficient manpower trained to work in the country’s five economic corridors.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said over 50 community colleges would be forging close ties with industries in these economic corridors, especially those in Iskandar Malaysia and the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).

“I feel these colleges have the ability to supply sufficient manpower for the corridors.

“It can also provide the necessary training and education based on the needs of industries located within the corridors,” he said in his speech before the launch of the Fixie East Coast Eco Challenge here yesterday.

In his speech, which was read out by his political secretary Khairi Abd Malik, Mohamed Khaled said community colleges had been asked to provide highly skilled labour for placement in industries within the corridors this year.

“The Community College Depart-ment has planned and organised a lot of programmes to ensure that the goal is met.

“Each programme will cater to the needs of industries in a specific economic corridor,” he said, adding that such a collaboration between colleges and economic corridors would be beneficial.

Khaled said for ECER, among the programmes were to provide highly skilled workers for the petrochemical, oil and gas sectors as well as the automotive field.

“Our efforts are in line with the Government Transformation Pro-gramme (GTP),” he said, adding that the colleges had been playing a pivotal role in providing human capital for various industries since these were set up 10 years ago.

“We will look for more ways to ensure that the colleges are supplied with the best educators. They must be ready to be the institution that will provide the educational needs of the local community.

“We will continuously improve the colleges for the people’s sake,” he said.

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