Federation Training, Curtin explore ways to provide students diploma courses

Recipients of the Diploma of Instrumentation and Control Engineering take selfie during their graduation ceremony.

Recipients of the Diploma of Instrumentation and Control Engineering take selfie during their graduation ceremony.

MIRI: The Federation Training Australia and Curtin University Sarawak are exploring alternative ways to offer students and the industry in Sarawak on the highly relevant diploma courses.

Executive director of the Federation Training, Scott Dargan, said the move was necessary as the current collaboration to issue diploma by the university would end this year in compliant with the government legislative and regulatory changes to education.

“With seven years of working together behind us, I can confidently say we have achieved success through the strong, long-standing partnership between Federation Training and Curtin University Sarawak.

“The strength of this first programme has resulted in the addition of three Diploma programmes in our partnership from 2011 – in the fields of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Occupational Health and Safety and in Business,” he said at the graduation ceremony of the federation’s Curtin Sarawak yesterday.

He said Federation Training – a technical institute that has been educating Gippsland’s communities for 85 years, had provided opportunity for local people to get the skills they needed for local jobs, across a wide range of sectors.

“It’s not dissimilar to the roles of Curtin University in Sarawak. Our partnership began with one diploma programme – Diploma of Process Plant Technology – in response to the need of the local oil and gas industry.

“Working together with industry representatives to provide clear advice on skills needed for their companies made this programme a success – and made our graduates successful in gaining employment once they finished the programme” he added.

Professor Jonathan Winterton the Dean of Faculty of Business and Humanities of Curtin Sarawak, heads of departments as well as families and friends of the graduates were also present.

At the function, Dargan presented awards to the three top students of the three diploma programmes while Winterton handed over the scrolls to the 52 graduates.

They included 19 who received Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, 18 in Diploma in Business and 15 in Diploma in Instrumentation and Engineering.

The top students for the respective courses were Naimi Iman Shah Ruddin (Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health), Lancelot Chong Hwei Cai (Diploma of Instrumentation and Control Engineering) and Wong Sin Ku (Diploma in Business).