KUALA LUMPUR: The Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) is providing RM2 million fund for a professional welding certification programme conducted by The Welding Institute (TWI) to assist 50 tahfiz and asnaf students.
YSD in its statement said, the fund allocation is in line with its objective to provide equal opportunity and quality education for all.
The statement also quoted the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying, “TVET education has become increasingly necessary as it equips one with skills that promise greater economic opportunities”.
According to the statement, this programme is offered to asnaf (eligible to receive Zakat aid collected from Muslim community) and tahfiz students to improve their standard of living through access to quality education, in line with one of YSD’s Education pillar objectives.
The four month certification programme is aimed at empowering the students with internationally recognised vocational and technical skills, personal development and soft skills to enhance their job marketability.
Meanwhile YSD Chairman, Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar said, the programme assists tahfiz and asnaf students who do not have Malaysian Education Certificate (SPM) or attained poor results in SPM to have a second chance to secure quality tertiary education and guaranteed job placements. Subsequently they will be able to turn their lives around and bring their families out of the poverty cycle.
“YSD is proud to be part of such a meaningful education initiative which would also provide the students with potential opportunities to work abroad and gain more valuable exposure and experience in the future.
“We hope this will in turn propel them to achieve their ambitions and eventually allow them to give back to their community,” Tunku Imran said.
The statement added, TWI works closely with the State Islamic Religious Councils to recruit 50 candidates for the programme. They will complete two weeks of communications and personal development skills training and four months of internationally recognised certification courses in welding inspection and non-destructive testing. Each of them will also be granted a Green Card issued by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and an Oil and Gas Safety Passport (OGSP) certificate.
Since 2011, YSD had assisted 1,030 underprivileged students under the YSD Skill Enrichment Programme to pursue TVET certifications through collaborations with reliable education partners including the Ministry of Higher Education to fulfil talent needs in various industries. –Malaysia World News