BERA: Parents and students should change their perception of skills courses as there is high demand for these graduates.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said parents who were worried that their children are not academically inclined should allow them to join skills training institutions.
“Many countries focus on industrial and technological fields which require skilled workers,” he noted at the closing of the Be-Skilled GIATMARA Carnival here.
Ismail Sabri said GIATMARA students had proven their abilities and every year, MARA produces some 21,000 skilled students in various fields.
“Some were poor in academics and school dropouts. However, because we gave them a second chance to further their studies in areas they were interested in, they managed to excel,” he said.
Ismail Sabri added there was a wide range of job opportunities for them, and they would also receive support from the Government if necessary.
“MARA has allocated some RM10mil in loans if they want to start their own businesses.
“A minimum of RM10,000 is given for the Putra scheme and a maximum of RM500,000 under the Technical Entrepreneurs Loan Scheme (Putek),” he said later in a press conference, adding that all loans were interest-free.
Ismail Sabri said what they need most was support from the community to recognise their capabilities.
“Even if they venture into agriculture, they can apply their skills in high technology agro-products,” he said.