Nat’l Service 2.0 to enable students to hone technical skills


MELAKA 03 APRIL 2016. ( MM598L ) Kompeni Delta bergambar kenangan di kem Program Latihan Khidmat Negara (PLKN), A Famosa. STR/NAZRI ABU BAKAR


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Service training programme 2.0 (NS) focuses on giving opportunities to students who are academically lacking to boost their career options for the future.

The training programme would stress on providing skills training to prepare the students for local industries. National Service Training Department (JLKN) director-general Datuk Mohamed Asri Yusof said the selection of trainees is voluntary-based and is also based on students’ Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia trial examination results.

“Schools are given the authority to do the selections and to suggest candidates for us. The selection this time is based on their academic performance.

“However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that students who are selected are not good academically. It simply provides an avenue for them to explore a possibility of careers in the technical field,” he said during the visit to Balai Berita today.

Asri said that the department is working with 10 ministries and has identified a total of 400 skills training institutes to accommodate the trainees upon completion of the training.

The new NS training which began on March 26 consists of two phases namely ‘Integrated Learning Model’ in phase 1 and ‘Technical Skills Training’ in phase 2.

Phase 1 involves eight modules which are Fit4life, Tech and Talk, Malaysiaku, Be Safe and Be Alert, iUpgrade, Spirituality, Service Learning and MyFuture. “The training programmes will only take eight weeks instead of the previous 12 weeks.

Each module would take one week to complete. “Under Phase 2, trainees who have succeeded their training in phase 1 will be placed in skills training institutions operated by the Youth and Sports Ministry, among them the National Youth Skills Institute, community and technical colleges,” he said.

Source: New Straits Times