Tuesday, August 9

Spa Apprenticeship Course for participants under 1Azam programme

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KOTA KINABALU: Seventy-six of 120 places for Spa Apprenticeship Course are available for potential participants under the 1Azam programme implemented by Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry.

Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Jahid Jahim said the participants’ parents must be registered and listed with the e-Kasih in order to be qualified for the course.

The 1Azam programme in Sabah, an initiative under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), is coordinated by the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry.

The Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry was identified as one of the agencies to implement this programme commencing last year.

Jahid, represented by his deputy permanent secretary Haji Awang Damit, said this in his speech at the graduation ceremony of 23 participants who completed their Spa and Therapy Complementary Course conducted by Jari  Jari Spa Training Academy here yesterday.

The graduation for the first batch, comprising 21 trainees, was held on August 12 this year.

Jahid said the findings of the National Key Result Areas (NKEA) indicated that there was limited supply of skilled workers, especially locals, and spa training facilities to create spa therapists.

“Thus, our government, through the Ministry of Tourism, is planning to produce 1,500 qualified local spa therapists to replace foreign therapists in phases by the end of 2013 through Centre of Excellence,” he said.

He added that it was timely that Jari Jari Training Academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, provided the training facilities for the locals.

Jahid said the initiative was in line with the government’s vision of giving employment opportunities to the people of Malaysia through the relocation of jobs filled by foreign therapists.

He pointed out that spa and wellness is a booming industry and contributed positively to the growth of tourism and the economy.

Spa therapists face a bright future with substantial spa therapy career choices and opportunities to work in public or private practice.

“Employment opportunities for spa therapists are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate.

“By 2013, spa therapists are likely to see a high increase in job opportunities in Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, Datin Jeanette Tambakau, director of Jari Jari Spa Training Academy, said the trainees underwent two months of intensive training under the Spa and Complementary Therapy Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level One, National Dual Training System.

She said the academy would help each participant find jobs in related fields through selective employers shortly after the completion of the course.

“In order to obtain the SKM 1 level certification, trainees are expected to do four months of industrial attachment at a spa organization followed by a minimum of 12 months employment for successful trainees.”

Jeanette said the spa and wellness industry was one of the most fulfilling and unique job environment available nowadays.

“This industry offers you the opportunity to work in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.

“From day spa to hotel spa to resort spa to cruise spa to medical spa, plenty of positions available and hundreds of jobs, making it easy to find the one that’s just right for you,” she said, adding that the trainees would meet the high demand of the spa industry.