June 10, 2006 19:58 PM
Govt To Build Four Hi-tech Skill Centres For RM1 Billion
MARANG, June 10 (Bernama) – The government will build four high technology skill training centres at a cost of RM1 billion starting this year to meet the demand for skilled workers to develop the nation, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar said Saturday.
He said one centre each would be built in Kemaman, Terengganu, and Taiping, Perak, and two in Bintulu, Sarawak. Each would be able to accommodate 600-1,200 trainees at any one time.
Construction of the centres in Kemaman and Bintulu would start this year and the one in Taiping, next year, he told reporters after presenting educational excellence awards at Sekolah Menengah Atas Tol near here.
He said priority for enrolment would be given to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holders and 10 to 15 courses would be offered in fields like mechanical, electrical, information technology, piping, gas and machining.
These were badly needed sectors in the development of the country because 1.1 million skilled workers were needed under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, he said.
He said the government would also build two more industrial training institutes costing RM220 million each in Bukit Parit, Marang in Terengganu and Gemas, Negeri Sembilan.
The state government had approved a 90ha site for the institute in Terengganu, the construction of which was expected to start this year, while the one in Gemas would be built next year.