1Youth 1Skill targets 45pct of SPM school leavers

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Youth Council under its 1Youth 1Skill (1B1K) programme plans to reach out to some 100,000 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) dropouts through its programmes.

Council president Mua'mar Ghadafi Jamal Jamaluddin said that about 45 per cent of students, out of the 470,000 SPM school leavers every year, do not have the minimum qualification to pursue tertiary education.

"There are about 230,000 or 45 per cent of students who cannot pursue tertiary education because of their results.

"Out of this number, some 120,000 will be offered vocational skills programmes under TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions," he told reporters here today.

The remaining 100,000 students, Mua'mar Ghadafi said can be assisted through various vocational and skill-based training.

He was met at the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between 1B1K and 43 private skills training institutions throughout the country including Sabah and Sarawak.

Through the strategic partnership with private skills training institutes, it is hoped that more students will be given a chance to build a future for themselves, he added.

"We also hope this partnership will allow us to explore more areas in skills training to develop talent and potential among our youth,” he said.

Mua'mar Ghadafi said IB1K, since its inception in 2010, have seen about 5,000 students graduating from both public and private institutions.

"We are targetting to double the number in the near future," he added.

Also present at the event was Malaysia Board of Technologies board member Feroz Hanif Mohamad Ahmad.