The MMC-Polytechnic Education Centre was officially launched by Dato Seri Idris Jusoh, the Minister for Higher Education at the Polytechnic Ibrahim Sultan.
The Centre was first announced at a Certificate of Collaboration Signing Ceremony between MMC and the Ministry of Higher Education held at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) on 11th December last year.
The collaboration with MMC is part of a game plan by the Ministry of Higher Education to develop vocational education and training to meet changing industry demands for a highly trained, technically proficient local workforce.
Other corporations are also involved in this endeavour by the ministry which would assist local industries from relying on foreign labour for technical skills.
The collaboration not only involves corporations contributing equipment and machinery but importantly, giving real-world industrial training access to students and exposure to new industry technologies to lecturers and trainers.
Addressing the students present at the ceremony, Idris emphasised on the opportunity for industrial training and said, “For two semesters or 40 weeks in your final year, you have the opportunity to be placed in industry.
“This Work-Based-Learning (WBL) programme with industry has been designed with the purpose of producing polytechnic graduates that meet industry and community requirements for engineering technologists or hands-on engineers.”
Further to the collaboration between corporations and polytechnics, Sharing Sessions are also on the cards.
The sharing sessions offer opportunities for students, lecturers and college communities to meet directly with people already in the industry.
“I have been informed that MMC are committed to organise five Sharing Sessions and kicked off the first session between the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and 500 students and lecturers from polytechnics and colleges around Johor,” Idris added.
MMC Corporations Managing Director, Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said that as an industry player, the MMC Group understood very well the current needs of port and logistics operators, who are always in need of a skilled workforce that have undergone formal and practical training.
He invited students who had gone through industrial training with companies within the MMC stable to apply for full time employment after graduation.
“Your career future is guaranteed,” he said to the delight of the students and faculty members present.
On hand to receive the machinery and equipment from Dato’ Sri Che Khalib was the Ministry of Higher Education’s Director-General of Polytechnic Education, Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Ismail Bin Abd Aziz.