By: Neil Chan
KOTA KINABALU: The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between KKYS Sdn Bhd and Portland Arena Sdn Bhd was in line with the State Government’s aims to strengthen Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the State.According to Deputy Minister of Home Affairs cum Sepanggar MP, Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, the MOU was also in line with the needs of the State’s industry.“This is so that students that graduates of KKYS will have jobs in industry waiting for them. These programmes for electrical, welding and others are what is required and in demand from the State’s industry.“The modular construction that is being brought over by Portand Arena is also a new thing in Malaysia. So I am sure that with the cooperation between KKYS and Portland Arena, it will be profitable not only for KKYS but also the State.”
Mohd Azis said he was made to understand that Sabah will be the first state (that the programme is being held in) and if the programme is successful, Portland Arena will open up a factory for manufacturing their (modular construction building) products in Sabah.“The demand is there for these products and even for Petronas, its Mesra shops are using the same products. Even police stations, including one in Port Dickson, is also using the same product.“So it is something new in Malaysia. We know the government is facing financial problems, and if we were to use the conventional way of making buildings, it would cost more and take more time. “But with this product, it is cheaper, faster and IBS compliant. So it is in line with what is required by the government and in line with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s goal of strengthening TVET at the State level.
“So it is a good move by KTYS to venture into this field. I am quite sure that it will be beneficial for the students as well. I was made to understand that even Portland Arena is prepared to employ these students when they graduate to work in their factories. So it’s a good deal for KKYS as their students are guaranteed jobs,” he said. The MOU was signed by Portland Arena Sdn Bhd Group Managing Director Dato Izz Mika’il Abdullah and KTYS Chief Executive Terrence Chee and witnessed by Mohd Azis at KTYS City Campus, Sembulan, Monday.It marks the cooperation between both parties to strengthen KTYS’s academic and technical programmes, particularly its JPK Certificate and Diploma in Building Construction.The collaboration would see Portland Arena as the technical advisor to develop and enhance the building and construction, welding, electrical and air conditioning programmes in KTYS as well as partner in the development and implementation of the Modular Construction. The strategic partnership shall also provide the platform for internship and training placement for KTYS students with Portland Arena.
Comment: This is a collaboration in technical training.
ISE Education Sdn Bhd has also recently inked an MOU with University Tun Abdul Razak (URise program) to provide TVET graduates (SKM holders) an opportunity to rise up to management level with industry relevant modules & qualifications. You may visit and fill up the form here to express your interest.