Availability of Financial Assistance to Pursue PPKS’s Skills Courses a Catalyst for Producing a Future-ready Workforce

Article by Corporate Communication Unit, PPKS

KUCHING, 23 July 2019: At Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS), the availability of financial assistance for students, especially those from low-income households, is a major step forward in the ongoing quest to produce a future-ready workforce.

According Mr. John Rizal Biki, PPKS Kuching’s Campus Director, “In line with our mission to produce a qualified and competent workforce through continuous learning and development, we are grateful for the tremendous support by various government agencies, to formalize the types of financial assistance for the benefit of students, especially those from low-income households. In this respect, for our July, August and October 2019 intakes, we are reaching out to secondary school leavers across Sarawak.”

Mr. John added, “With the increasing importance of Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy, today’s youths will need to equip themselves with a blend of technical and soft skills to thrive in today’s ever-vibrant global economy. With the financial assistance, incoming students will be able to pursue a wide range of industry-relevant courses such as Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Computer Systems, Electrical Installation, Graphic Design, Industrial Electronics, Information Systems, Mechanical Draughtsmanship, Mechatronics and Industrial Automation, Plantation Operations and other technical courses.”

With regard to examples of the various types of financial assistance, Mr. John highlighted, “We have a one-stop centre to assist students in their applications for financial assistance. Sources of students’ funding include the Skills Development Fund Corporation (Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran – PTPK) and Yayasan Sarawak. As a general guide, financial assistance would be in the form of a grant or scholarship-loan with attractive repayment incentive(s) such as having to repay only half of the loan depending on one’s academic performance.”

Students who have completed SPM/SPMV are eligible to enter the Malaysian Skills Certificate (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) programme(s). Those who wish to enter the Malaysian Skills Diploma programme(s) must have completed a Malaysian Skills Certificate (Level 3) in a related field.

With regard to skills programmes, PPKS offers the most number of five-star rated programmes (awarded by the Department of Skills Development - Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran) in Sarawak. This is an eloquent testimony to the quality of post-secondary education offered by the PPKS Group of Institutions.

Registration for the July, August and October 2019 intakes is in progress. For more information on the various types of financial assistance (including detailed eligibility requirements) and courses offered, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the PPKS campus at Jalan Canna, Off Jalan Wan Alwi, Tabuan Jaya, Kuching or call 082-362086/362129/364253. Enquiries may be sent via WhatsApp (012-8789382/019- 8102290) or e-mail (info@ppks.edu.my). Those interested may also apply online via PPKS’s website: www.ppks.edu.my.

Mr. John Rizal Biki (left), PPKS Kuching’s Campus Director supervising students during a practical session.