Stakeholders’ Support Pivotal to the Success of Sarawak Skills’ Multipronged Approach to Talent Development

One of the key takeaways from the recent Sarawak Skills Development Centre’s twenty-fifth (25th) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was the importance of having the continued support of Sarawak Skills’ key stakeholders, namely the Government and Industries, to facilitate the centre’s multipronged approach to talent development.

The AGM was held on 6 October 2020 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK). In his opening remarks, Sarawak Skills’ Chairman, Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain expressed his gratitude to the Government, members of the Sarawak Skills’ Management Council and Sarawak Skills Members for standing shoulder to shoulder with Sarawak Skills in the quest to produce an industry-ready workforce. Indeed, their tremendous contributions have facilitated the transformation of the socio-economic landscape in Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole.

Among the highlights of the AGM were the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) certificate presentation to staff members of Senari Synergy Sdn. Bhd. and Biomedix Solutions Sdn. Bhd., exchange of Memorandum of Understanding between Sarawak Skills and various organizations, and the election of Members of the Sarawak Skills’ Management Council for the 2020 – 2023 term.

Seven (7) staff members from Senari Synergy Sdn. Bhd. completed either the Certificate (Level 2) in Office Administration or the Certificate (Level 3) in Office Administration Supervision. For Biomedix Solutions Sdn. Bhd., ten (10) staff members completed the Diploma (Level 4) in Electronic Product Development.

At Sarawak Skills, the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) programme enables members of the workforce to earn industry-relevant certifications based on skills, knowledge and experience gained during the course of their work or careers. This is an important pathway for employees to earn qualifications that would facilitate the advancement of their career and life goals.

Following the RPEL certificate presentation, there was an Exchange of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Sarawak Skills and three organizations, namely Senari Synergy Sdn. Bhd., One Medicare Sdn. Bhd. and Hemisphere Corporation Sdn. Bhd. In the interests of time, the signing of the three MoUs took place earlier, before the start of the AGM. For the MoU exchange, the representatives from the various organizations were Tuan Haji Jefri Ahmad Tambi (Group Managing Director, Senari Synergy Sdn. Bhd.), En. Sazali Tuah Neli (Chief Executive Officer, One Medicare Sdn. Bhd.), Dr. (HC) Yuslan Yusoff (Chief Operating Officer, Hemisphere Corporation Sdn. Bhd.) and En. Hallman bin Haji Sabri (Executive Director, Sarawak Skills). The MoU exchange was witnessed by Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Sarawak Skills’ Chairman.

Commenting on the MoUs, En. Hallman highlighted, “These MoUs pave the way for all parties to collaborate in the area of Strategic Human Capital Development. For example, through this mutually beneficial relationship, staff members of these organizations will have access to the wide range of industry-driven and future-oriented educational and training courses and programmes at Sarawak Skills, including a host of upskilling, reskilling and multi-skilling programmes.”

He added, “As a stakeholder in the transformation of Sarawak’s economic and digital landscape, Sarawak Skills will also work closely with these organizations on the integration of Industry Revolution 4.0 technologies into existing equipment at their premises. This is important to boost productivity and manage costs. These activities are also in line with the State Government’s post COVID-19 exit economic strategy up to 2030. Our strong ties with these organizations will also ensure that our curricula can be updated regularly and in a timely manner in line with industry needs.”

En. Hallman also emphasized that with the formalization of the MoUs, students from the Sarawak Skills Group of Institutions would be able to undergo on-the-job training or participate in internship programmes at the institutions. Indeed, the RPEL programme and exchange of MoUs are shining examples of Sarawak Skills’ close ties with the industries to advance the noble cause of human capital development and transform the vibrant ecosystem of Sarawak and Malaysia.

During the election of Members of the Sarawak Skills’ Management Council for the 2020 – 2023 term, Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain was re-elected as Sarawak Skills Management Council Chairman. Details of the newly elected Management Council Members (2020 – 2023 Term) are available on/will be uploaded to Sarawak Skills’ website (www.ppks.edu.my). The Management Council and Sarawak Skills’ members, comprising various Government agencies and more than 65 organizations from the broad spectrum of industry, play the all-important role of charting the way forward for the Sarawak Skills Group of Institutions and Companies.