Good job: Idris (second from right) chatting with Outstanding Student Award recipients Muhammad Hilmi (left) and Mohd Shafie Mohd Sharif (right) after the convocation ceremony. With them are Amir (second from left, partially hidden) and Lin
TECHNICAL and vocational education and training (TVET) graduates earning about RM2,500 a month can expect a monthly salary of more than RM4,000. This is after working for just a few years.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said such an income rise was possible. Students, he said should consider the TVET option in order to take up jobs that require a certain expertise.
Citing a recent research paper, he said some 30 million people are expected to be unemployed globally by 2030 although 50 million jobs will be available in the skills sectors.
Idris had earlier witnessed the convocation ceremony of the Community College-MMC-Gamuda Internship Programme that was held at the Cochrane MRT construction site.
The programme is a collaboration between the ministry’s Community College Education Department and MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd.
The pilot initiative saw 17 students from the Sabak Bernam Community College and Kuantan Community College being selected to undergo tunnel mechanic and tunnel electrician courses.
Classes were conducted at the MMC-Gamuda Tunnelling Training Academy in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, while practical training was held at MMC-Gamuda’s construction sites.
The company is the main contractor for underground tunneling works for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Project.
The graduates, who received their certificates after completing a two-year programme, were also given job offers as assistant electricians and assistant mechanics at MMC-Gamuda.
“This collaboration with the private sector serves to fulfil the need for a technically skilled workforce. Such skilled workers can expect to be in demand overseas,” said Idris.
“It is also in line with the efforts to encourage students to consider TVET as a premier pathway, and not just a second class option compared to a university programme.”
“The internship programme is part of the company’s efforts to hone local talents. We are targeting to train more than 1,000 locals at the academy to become tunnel experts by 2017,” said MMC-Gamuda director Datuk Azmi Mat Nor.
“The trainees have the advantage of being given real world exposure through the company’s projects, which included the Electrified Double Track Project and Smart Tunnel.”
Sabak Bernam Community College graduate Muhammad Hilmi Abdul Rahman was one of two individuals who was presented the Outstanding Student Award at the ceremony.
“The award came as a surprise. I took up the electrical course as I have an interest in the field and one of my elder brothers works as an electrical engineer,” said the youngest of seven siblings.
“Although my family was unable to attend the ceremony as they stay far away, I know that they are very proud to me,” said the 21-year-old who hails from Kampung Temusu Limbat in Kota Baru, Kelantan.
Also present at the convocation ceremony were Community College Education Department director-general Datuk Amir Md Noor, Gamuda Berhad group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling, MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd director Datuk Paul Ha and relatives of the graduates.
MMC-Gamuda later announced that 50 community college students would be undergoing the next internship programme.
SUMBER : THE STAR