PPKS Inks MoU with 19 Secondary Schools from Sarawak’s Central Region

Article by Corporate Communication Unit, PPKS

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) and nineteen (19) secondary schools from the Sibu and Mukah divisions on 12 September 2018 has set the stage for a host of joint initiatives aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning landscape at the secondary schools.

Held at PPKS Mukah, the MoU exchange between PPKS and the secondary schools was officiated by Yang Berhormat Encik Yussibnosh Balo, Tellian Assemblyman. In his address, Yang Berhormat Encik Yussibnosh commended the Management of PPKS for spearheading this strategic initiative to advance the noble cause of Human Capital Development for the younger generation. He was pleased to note that in the pipeline were customized training programmes and workshops for school teachers and students such as Teaching and Learning Workshops, Leadership and Skills Camps, Motivational Workshops for Students, ICT-related Workshops and various events to facilitate awareness of the Digital Economy and Industry 4.0. With regard to Industry 4.0, he shared that as a Centre of Excellence in Technology (CoET), PPKS conducts the National Empowerment in Certification and Training for Next Generation Workers (NECT-Gen - Industry 4.0) programme for HRDF levy-contributing companies. Currently, the following tracks are offered by PPKS: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Internet of Things (IoT) and Vertical Integration. He highlighted that these activities were in line with the State Government’s ongoing initiative to transform Sarawak’s educational landscape.

In her speech, Mukah District Education Officer Hajah Salemah Haji Chali who represented the State Education Director, highlighted that the signing of the MoUs was an important milestone for PPKS and the various secondary schools as it signaled the start of a mutually beneficial relationship aimed at adding value across the broad spectrum of teaching and learning processes at the secondary school level. She was also pleased to note that students from the participating schools would enjoy a special rate for the registration fee should they wish to study at PPKS. For the benefit of the students, PPKS would also initiate the Best Student Award at the participating schools.

In his welcoming speech, Mr. Hallman bin Haji Sabri, Executive Director of PPKS took the opportunity to thank Yang Berhormat Encik Yussibnosh Balo for his support and presence to officiate at the event. He also thanked the Sarawak State Education Department for working closely with the PPKS team members and secondary schools to make the event a reality.

Mr. Hallman highlighted that the signing of the MoU between PPKS and the secondary schools, an integral part of the PPKS School Adoption programme, affirmed the mutual commitment of the stakeholders to enhance teaching and student learning at the secondary schools. Under the programme, PPKS would work closely with the secondary schools and the Parent-Teacher Associations to organize various activities for the teachers and students such as Workshops on Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Skills Camps, Motivational Workshops and ICT-related workshops. With the ever-increasing importance of Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy, PPKS would be happy to conduct awareness programmes for the benefit of the school management, counsellors, teachers and students.

Mr. Hallman also announced that students from the participating schools would enjoy a special rate for Registration Fee should they further their studies at PPKS. In addition, PPKS would initiate the Best Student Award for the participating schools.

Mr. Hallman also shared that the contributions and participation of all stakeholders, namely the Government, Industry and Academia take centre stage in the quest to develop an industry-relevant, future-ready workforce. With regard to industry-relevant education and training, he shared that to facilitate the transformation of TVET in Sarawak; PPKS was committed to working closely with the Government.

Mr. Hallman also informed the audience that the construction of PPKS Mukah’s new campus was expected to be completed by August 2019. Classes at the new campus would commence in January 2020. A wide range of industry-relevant courses will be offered including Information Technology and Mechatronics. He also shared that PPKS would look into adapting the dual system, as practised in Germany, to develop the workforce and meet the needs of industry in Sarawak. Based on feedback from the various industries in Sarawak to develop a future-ready workforce, PPKS would be setting up a dedicated Industry 4.0 Lab and a Metallurgy and Materials Science Training Centre. This would go a long way to contribute towards the development of both our present and future workforce.

Mr. Hallman bin Haji Sabri presenting a memento to Yang Berhormat Mr. Yussibnosh Balo

Exchange of MoU Between PPKS and SMK St. Patrick witnessed by Yang Berhormat Mr. Yussibnosh Balo, Tellian Assemblyman and Puan Hajah Salemah Haji Chali, Mukah District Education Officer.