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KOTA TINGGI: Industrial workers will have the opportunity to pursue studies at community colleges when new programmes are introduced in the near future.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said 79 community colleges will offer programmes to enhance skills and retraining of industrial
He said the programmes introduced by the ministry is in line with government initiatives to promote Malaysia as a country with high income by 2020.
"Prior to this, community colleges provide places to study for those who failed to enter universities by offering courses such as bakery and beauty.
"Under the skills enhancement and retraining programme, the ministry is focusing on efforts to attract industrial workers to study at community colleges," he said after launching Kolej Komuniti Bandar Penawar as Skills Enhancement and Retraining & Strategic Collaboration Hub with IRDA and the Oil and Gas Industry in Pengerang today.
Under this programme, workers can enhance their skills and knowledge to cope with the changing work environment and contribute positively to development of this country.
Mohamed Khaled said the ministry will work with industrial companies to encourage workers to participate in the courses offered by community colleges.
"Each community college will offer different courses based on the economic activities in the surrounding areas.
"For example, the community college in Pengerang will offer courses related to oil and gas and hospitality since the area will become a hub for oil and gas
industry," he added. - Bernama