Tuesday, March 28

PPKS’ latest online programmes focus on ‘agile workforce’


Abdul Aziz (front, second right) and others seen at the launch of the new online programmes.

KUCHING: Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) has chalked up another milestone with the launch of a suite of new online programmes to facilitate the development of an agile workforce.

PPKS chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain launched the programmes at PPKS in Tabuan Jaya here yesterday.

Due to the Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced on March 18 and now Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until Aug 31, PPKS has implemented online teaching and learning for its students across its campuses and learning centres in Kuching, Mukah and Miri.

“Indeed, virtual classroom, with a combination of synchronous learning (real-time lectures) and asynchronous learning (pre-recorded lectures) and the use of various apps/platforms (such as their E-Learn platform, Google Classroom, Google Meet, WhatsApp and Zoom) have transformed the centre’s teaching and learning ecosystem.

“The online initiatives are part and parcel of PPKS’ Mitigation Plan, comprising various initiatives to safeguard the interests and well-being of its students, trainees, staff members and various stakeholders,” said PPKS in a statement.

It also said the Covid-19 pandemic, which remained ‘a health and economic crisis’, had ushered in the ‘Age of the New Normal’.

Thus, the launch of the new online programmes would facilitate the building of an agile workforce, added PPKS.

The wide range of programmes are categorised into focus areas such as Smart Agriculture; Industry Revolution 4.0; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and Leadership and Management.

These online programmes are in line with the Sarawak government’s post-Covid-19 exit strategy up to 2030.

In a nutshell, this aligns education and training with the human capital needs of the various economic sectors.

With the launch of the online programmes including various upskilling, reskilling and multi-skilling programmes, learners from Malaysia and abroad would be able to acquire industry-relevant knowledge and skills in a ‘Classroom Without Borders’.

Learners would also be able to study at their own pace and upon completion, would be awarded E-Certificate(s).

PPKS executive director Hallman Sabri and members of the management team were also present at the launch.

For more information, call or send WhatsApp texts to Adruce Amirol via 016-343 7515; or logon to www.ppks.edu.my.