Saturday, September 19, 2009

Technical Resource and Internship Network (TRAIN)

KUALA LUMPUR: Some RM50mil worth of vouchers have been made available by the Technical Resource and Internship Network (TRAIN) to help needy students who want to pursue vocational training, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Each deserving student, regardless of ethnicity, would receive a RM5,000 voucher, said Ong.

“Students, especially those from single-parent families or having financial difficulty, can use the vouchers at selected training providers,” he said at a press conference after launching the TRAIN Education Vouchers at Kojadi Institute here yesterday.

Ong, the patron of TRAIN, said this was one of the key initiatives spearheaded by MCA to help early school-leavers.

“They can choose to embark on an alternative career path via vocational training.

“We need to make sure these are the people ultimately able to realise their dreams in the route chosen,” he said.

Ong added that TRAIN would include more training providers from the private sector, allowing for youths to obtain skills training.

“We have to ensure that what they learn will help them have a career anywhere in the world,” he said.

Managed by the Yayasan Pendidikan Bistari foundation, TRAIN has made available more than 5,000 courses pledged by 99 institutes and training centres nationwide.

Earlier, Ong, in his speech, urged students to be multi-skilled in various fields.

“We do not just bank on a single skill. We need to obtain various skills to be able to effectively handle different scenarios in this competitive world,” he said.

Ong added that this programme would help tackle economic woes through upgrading of human capital — one of three key thrusts in the MCA’s push for change.

For details, contacts TRAIN at 03-7875 6790.

*Taken from The Star Online.

*For more information about Technical Resource and Internship Network (TRAIN), click here.

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