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State executive councillor of human capital development Mohd Khairuddin Othman (back row, centre) with some orphans after the signing of the memorandum of understanding on the Selangor post-shelter and orphanage human capital development plan between the Selangor Technical Skills Development Centre and Yayasan Islam Darul Ehsan, at the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam, on March 22, 2023. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

Majority of STDC grads offered jobs, fulfilling market needs

By Zareef Muzammil

SHAH ALAM, March 22 — Up to 80 per cent of the over 200 graduates produced by the Selangor Technical Skills Development Centre (STDC) were offered jobs in various fields last year.

The manager of an accredited centre under STDC, Norzilawati Md Said, said the bulk of the graduates who studied its 10 courses passed interviews conducted by industry players.

“Before sitting for the final examination, some industry players will approach STDC for an interview, since it is our goal for students to continue working after they graduate.

“Yet we also encourage those from certain courses including electricity, wiring, and automotive, to upgrade (their skills) so as to secure employment,” she said.

Norzilawati was speaking at the signing of the memorandum of understanding on the Selangor post-shelter and orphanage human capital development plan, between STDC and Yayasan Islam Darul Ehsan (Yide) at the State Secretariat Building, earlier today.

She signed the memorandum as a STDC representative, while Yide was represented by its general manager Nur Mohd Razali Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Norzilawati is aiming to register some 500 new students with STDC for the March, May and June sessions, to study in the 10 offered courses.

“The March session alone has seen close to 100 new students register. There are still class vacancies on offer to young Selangor residents, especially for sponsorship by Ikhtisas Smart Selangor (Iktisass),” she said.

STDC courses include electrics, motorcycles, air conditioning, automotives, spray painting, computer systems, women’s fashion design, culinary, pastries, and spa therapy.

The centre is a state government initiative, part of its Agenda Pendidikan Unggul planning under the 2020 Selangor Budget.

Through this, STDC aims to offer a variety of high-quality technical and vocational training with a high impact, geared towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Meanwhile, Yide is placing 30 orphans under its supervision to become the first group to undergo STDC’s training and skills programme this month.

State executive councillor of human capital development Mohd Khairuddin Othman, who witnessed the signing, said they include the former residents of 25 orphanages who have since turned 18 years old, and who will commence their studies in various skills courses like electricity and automotive, among others.

Their tuition and boarding costs will be paid for by Iktisass, with the students given a monthly RM300 living allowance each during the six to 12 months duration of the courses.

“The programme will be carried out based on discussions with Yide. We are aware that some of these individuals find it difficult to care for themselves, once they leave the shelters.

“As a result, the state government views this seriously, with the intent to create this programme in order to solve issues facing human capital in Selangor and also to keep the unemployment rate under control,” he said.

Mohd Khairuddin added that he plans to cooperate with Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), to offer programmes asides from those related to skill-building to orphans.

“There may be some among them who are academically gifted, who may not necessarily be inclined towards (vocational) skills.

“I will discuss the matter with Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari, for him to give some consideration,” he said.

On his part, Nur Mohd Razali said the state government’s concern in helping orphans under Yide’s supervision is greatly appreciated, as he believes the group’s talents would come to the fore someday.

“I am excited about the state government’s move to hold such a noble programme that can help to determine the direction of orphans’ lives, as they are the human resources we need in Selangor,” he said.

State executive councillor of human capital development Mohd Khairuddin Othman (centre) witnessing the signing of the memorandum of understanding on the Selangor post-shelter and orphanage human capital development plan between the Selangor Technical Skills Development Centre and Yayasan Islam Darul Ehsan, at the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam, on March 22, 2023. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

 

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