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Skilled Workers Needed to Meet SCORE’s Demand

March 4, 2011

 

KUCHING: Producing skilled workers is a major challenge for Sarawak as it strives to become an industrialised state, said Industrial Development Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zen.

He said since many foreign-based industries are expected to operate in the state’s industrial zones, the state would have to provide sufficient skilled workers, especially those with the right knowledge and experience for a specific job.

Dr Rauf said even now industries operating in Sama Jaya Free Industrial Zone and Demak Laut Industrial Park required a lot of skilled technicians, electricians and even welders.

“As more business organisa-tions come in to operate in the Sarawak Corridor of Rene-wable Energy (SCORE), the demand for professionals, skilled and semi-skilled workers need to be met.

“This is a major challenge for both the government, colleges and higher learning institutions in Sarawak,” he said at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and nine schools here yesterday.

Dr Rauf said PPKS and the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (ICATS) must help students get the right education and training to cater to the needs of the various operating industries.

He said the skills and academics programmes of the college must meet the needs of the industries in the state and the country otherwise students would not land jobs despite spending years of studying.

“You must help to produce and prepare as many technically multi-skilled youths as possible, who are also disciplined, patriotic, visionary and honest to meet the manpower requirement in line with the state and country’s development policy.

“Also, make sure that the workforce you produce are competitive in the global market because international industries are coming to invest in the state,” he said.