Building an Agile Workforce: Sarawak Skills Expands Suite of Online Programmes

On 19 June 2020, the Sarawak Skills Development Centre (Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak) chalked up another milestone with the launch of a suite of new online programmes to facilitate the development of an agile workforce.

Held at the Sarawak Skills’ Headquarters at Tabuan Jaya, Kuching, the online programmes were launched by Sarawak Skills’ Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain.

In its press release, Sarawak Skills highlighted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and start of the Movement Control Order period in March 2020, it had implemented online teaching and learning for its students across its campuses and learning centres in Kuching, Mukah and Miri. Indeed, the virtual classroom, with a combination of synchronous learning (e.g. real-time lectures) and asynchronous learning (e.g. pre-recorded lectures) and the use of various apps/platforms (e.g. Sarawak Skills’ E-Learn platform, Google Classroom, Google Meet, WhatsApp and Zoom) have transformed the Sarawak Skills’ teaching and learning ecosystem. The online initiatives are part and parcel of Sarawak Skills’ Mitigation Plan, comprising various initiatives to safeguard the interests and well-being of its students, trainees, staff members and various stakeholders.

Sarawak Skills also highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic, a ‘health and economic crisis’, has ushered in the Age of the New Normal. In this respect, the launch of the new online programmes on 19 June 2020 will facilitate the building of an agile workforce. The wide range of programmes are categorized into the following focus areas: Smart Agriculture, Industry Revolution 4.0, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and Leadership and Management.  These online programmes are in line with the State Government’s post COVID-19 exit economic strategy up to 2030. In a nutshell, this aligns education and training with the Human Capital needs of the various economic sectors.

With the launch of the online programmes, including various upskilling, reskilling and multi-skilling programmes, learners from Malaysia and abroad will be able to acquire industry-relevant knowledge and skills in a ‘Classroom Without Borders’.  Learners will be able to study at their own pace and upon completion, will be awarded E-Certificate(s).

Also present at the launch were Sarawak Skills’ Executive Director Mr. Hallman bin Haji Sabri and members of the management team.

For more information, please call or WhatsApp Mr. Adruce Amirol at 016-3437515 or visit Sarawak Skills’ official website: www.ppks.edu.my.