Wednesday, August 5, 2009

200 Private Skills Institutes Will Be Created To Train Youths

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- The government has recognised 200 private institutes to train 200,000 youths under the youth development programme to reduce dependency on foreign workers.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said RM30 million had been allocated under the second economic stimulus package for training skilled workers.

He said the skills training offered were hospitality, food, beauty, handicraft, plumbing, welding, aviation engineering and locomotive engineering.

"We are preparing a workforce to meet the needs of the services sector," he told reporters after visiting Akademi Antarabangsa Clipso (AAC) Sdn Bhd in Seri Kembangan Tuesday.

AAC was one of the private institutes entrusted by the ministry to conduct hairdressing training under the Indian youths development programme.

Subramaniam said 350 Indian youths had attended a six month course where they were given a RM500 monthly allowance and lodging.

"This is important as we are having shortage of skilled workers in hairdressing. Most of the workforce presently are from India," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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