MMC, MOHE collaborate on MMC Polytechnic

It is in line with the target to produce more than 20,000 vocational officers

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH

MMC Corp Bhd and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) through its Department of Polytechnic Education inked an agreement towards creating industrial training and job opportunities in the company’s diversified business.

MOHE Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the partnership will ensure the productivity of polytechnic students to meet current industry requirement.

“Moving forward, the main challenge for polytechnics is to continue remaining relevant to what the industry wants. For this to happen, close ties with the industry is vital.

“Also, it is in line with our target to produce more than 20,000 vocational officers, and increase technical and vocational graduates,” Idris said at the signing of a certificate of collaboration in Gelang Patah, Johor, yesterday.

He added that an industrial reference centre — MMC Polytechnic Edu- cation Centre — at Ibrahim Sultan Polytechnic, was established to accommodate the joined programmes between these two parties.

The minister welcomes diversified group to be involved in revising the polytechnic’s curriculum, to ensure the students are getting the updated overview from industry players.

“We are also inviting MMC Corp to collaborate with us in revising the polytechnic curriculum as it would ensure our graduates to be sought- after candidates by the industry,” he said.

Meanwhile, MMC Corp group MD Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said the company views the collaboration as a human capital investment to secure future talents for its port operation.

“At Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) alone, we have more than 3,000 staff, and our total port division requires over 8,000 staff. Up until now, we have been hiring people with little industry background and we need to do the training ourselves.

“Through this collaboration, some of the trainees that are already equipped with the industry know- ledge will contribute their expertise to the company,” he said.

In August 2015, he said MMC Corp had offered 17 people to work through its Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit project after candidates underwent the tunnel mechanic and electrician programme, a partnership with Gamuda Bhd.

Moving forward, Che Khalib said the polytechnic students will have the opportunities to undergo industrial or practical training at the group’s subsidiary companies in all of its division.

“At the moment, we offer practical and industrial training at PTP, Johor Port, Malakoff Corp Bhd, Gas Malaysia Bhd and MMC Engineering Services Sdn Bhd,” he said.

“To ensure the degree of effective- ness of this collaboration, we will be providing access to some of the equipment used in our operation, placed at our industry centre, and allowing the student to have a first-hand experience of the industry, before they enter the working field.”