Article by Corporate Communication Unit, PPKS
The Sarawak Skills Development Centre (Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak) has launched a five-year blueprint to transform the teaching and learning ecosystem across its campuses and learning centres. In this respect, Industry Revolution 4.0 and renewable energy technologies have been incorporated into its technical curricula – an important part of Sarawak Skills’ objective to offer industry-driven and future-oriented educational and training courses and programmes.
Commenting on the blueprint, Mr. Hallman bin Haji Sabri, Sarawak Skills’ Executive Director highlighted, “At Sarawak Skills, we take great pride in transforming the lives of our students and trainees, to prepare them for the world of work. With the Digital Economy and Industry Revolution 4.0 on our doorstep, we have adopted a multipronged approach to talent development. In this respect, we have incorporated Industry Revolution 4.0 and renewable energy technologies into our curricula. This is in line with the State Government’s post COVID-19 exit economic strategy up to 2030.” .
He added, “To facilitate our ongoing effort to develop an agile workforce, we have also put in place various initiatives to ensure that our students and trainees are equipped with all-important twenty-first century attributes and skills. For example, to facilitate our students’ transition from the classroom to the world of work, we have initiated a character-building programme for all students. Through this programme, in addition to technical skills, students hone other important essential skills that give human beings the edge, e.g. Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Problem-solving and Decision-making. An important part of the programme is the emphasis on English language competency. Indeed, our activities reaffirm the importance of post-secondary education as a catalyst for sustainable development.”
With regard to short courses, Mr. Hallman shared, “In June 2020, we launched a suite of new online programmes to facilitate the development of an agile workforce. These programmes are centred on Smart Agriculture, Industry Revolution 4.0, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and Leadership and Management.” We also have a number of fully-funded certified programmes for fresh graduates and unemployed individuals such as Expert Craftsman programmes (Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Programmable Logic Controller Technology), and Integrated IoT and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing programme. During the course of these fully funded programme(s), trainees will receive a monthly living allowance.”
With regard to physical teaching and learning facilities/infrastructure, Mr. Hallman highlighted, “In early September 2020, we launched the Smart Classroom Initiative. This is part and parcel of a series of projects to upgrade our teaching and learning facilities in line with the requirements of Industry Revolution 4.0. In addition to fostering a student-centred and collaborative teaching and learning environment, the integration of Industry Revolution 4.0 technologies into the classroom would facilitate Sarawak Skills’ strategic maintenance initiatives, especially in reducing equipment downtime and managing costs effectively.”
Mr. Hallman emphasized, “As a stakeholder in the transformation of Sarawak’s economic and digital landscape, Sarawak Skills works closely with the industries on the integration of Industry Revolution 4.0 technologies into existing equipment (Legacy Equipment). A significant trend is the increasing adoption of automation across the various industry sectors. For example, in the manufacturing sector, the Internet of Things (IoT) has come to the fore, and is one of the defining technologies of Industry Revolution 4.0 – a game changer in areas such as automation engineering and manufacturing. This is important to boost productivity and manage costs. Our strong ties with the various industries will also ensure that our curricula can be updated regularly and in a timely manner in line with industry needs.”
In line with Sarawak Skills’ long-standing commitment to protect the natural environment and ‘to go green’, in addition to Industry Revolution 4.0 technologies, renewable energy applications and technologies have been incorporated into its technical curricula. In this respect, Mr. Hallman shared, “Various environmentally-friendly projects have been initiated by the staff and students of Sarawak Skills. A shining example is the solar-powered Mini Floating Fountain by the students (cohort(s) 3 & 4) of the Diploma in Electrical Power Generation programme at PPKS Private Vocational College, a subsidiary of the Sarawak Skills Development Centre. Located in the centre of the Sarawak Skills’ pristine pond, the project was a wonderful opportunity for the students to bring theoretical concepts to life. Under the guidance of their lecturers, the students were involved in all aspects of the project, from design to commissioning. An important aspect of the design process was the selection of components/equipment that would reduce the carbon footprint and withstand the elements. Indeed, this is part and parcel of Sarawak Skills’ ongoing effort to harness clean renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and water (hydro). For more information on the courses offered at Sarawak Skills and various types of financial assistance, interested applicants are invited to visit the Sarawak Skills’ campus at Jalan Canna, Off Jalan Wan Alwi, Tabuan Jaya, Kuching or call 082-362086/364253. Enquiries may be sent via WhatsApp (016-2209382/019-8102290) or e-mail (email@example.com). Those interested may also apply online via PPKS’s website: www.ppks.edu.my.
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