Skills Training for Undergrads

Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said the move to streamline timetables of courses in universities and vocational institutes to allow graduates to go for skills training while studying for their courses will make graduates more marketable and help resolve the high unemployment rate among them.

Dr Fong said that he Ministry of Higher Education has agreed to put this idea to work and will hammer out a timetable as soon as possible to allow undergraduates to attend classes at vocational institutes once or twice a week.

?For instance, students in the science disciplines can attend classes on sports car maintenance or advanced tools engineering, some can even be trained as chefs or take up cookery and pastry baking,? said Dr Fong.

He also added that he has approached the Transport Ministry to allow students at the advanced technical institute in Shah Alam to undergo practical courses like aircraft maintenance engineering at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang which is set to become an aerospace centre.

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