JOHOR BARU: Some 5,000 people are expected to visit the three-day skills carnival at the Johor Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Complex in Jalan Tampoi here from Thursday to Saturday.
The carnival features activities for the entire family, as well as seminars catered for working adults and youths to expose them to opportunities available in the construction sector.
The carnival is in conjunction with the final round of the 21st Malaysia Skills Competition which is being held at the same venue.
Some 130 participants from all six Akademi Binaan Malaysia campuses nationwide, and those from various skills training institutes will slug it out in 12 categories in the competition.
Both events are jointly organised by the Works Ministry, CIDB Malaysia and Akademi Binaan Malaysia, which is the training arm of CIDB.
Johor Construction Industry Development Board director Zaini Jalil said the carnival and annual competition was a platform to expose youths to a lucrative career in the construction sector.
He said there was a high demand for skilled workers in welding, machinery-handling and safety inspection, especially for oil and gas industries.
"In terms of salary, skilled workers in the oil and gas industries are the highest earners.
"There are some who could earn up to RM100 per hour for welding work, while welding inspectors earn between RM5,000 and RM6,000 a month," said Zaini.
The skills carnival will have 40 booths featuring companies and government agencies dealing in various construction and technical fields.
Families can also participate in sports such as fixie bicycle race, street soccer, netball, tug-of-war, and "Sky Runner" jumping stilts demonstration.
The carnival is from 9am to 6pm. Admission is free.
For enquiries, call 07-238 8152 or visit Akademi Binaan Malaysia (Wilayah Selatan) on Facebook.