Shabery: Skills centres need latest training equipment

Thursday, August 13, 2009

KAJANG: Students at the National Youth Skills Development Institute (IKBN) are still using old or outdated training equipment in their courses, such as for mechanical studies.

“The engines here use contact points when most now have fuel-injection systems, V6 and all that,” said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek after making a spot check at the Dusun Tua IKBN centre in Hulu Langat yesterday.

The ministry, he added, wanted the private sector to help bring in the latest training equipment for IKBN.

There were also plans to make modules in the IKBN more relevant to the current economic situation, such as introducing a subject on golf course management as this was a vibrant industry, he said.

IKBN offers six to 36-month courses in electrical wiring, electrical machinery maintenance, freezing equipment and air-conditioning, mechanical technology, hardware and moulding, electronics and audio-visual technology.

Surprise check: Ahmad Shabery(left) looking at the student's work on his visit to the Dusun Tua IKBN centre in Hulu Langat Tuesday.

Currently, there are 10,000 trainees in 16 centres nationwide, with six more to be completed in 2010 under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, said Ahmad Shabery.

He said the ministry also wanted to make changes to the IKBN modules to make them more relevant to the new economic model introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. - The Star.


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