| Hakim Hayat |
SOME 19 trainees who recently completed a short course on heavy machinery driving yesterday received their certificates in a ceremony held at the Youth Development Centre (YDC) in Jalan Utama Tanah Jambu.
The ceremony, which also saw a contract signing for job placements for the trainees, was attended by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah.
Since its inception last year, 44 eligible trainees from three different YDC sessions have completed the five-month course, jointly conducted by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd.
In this third session, the YDC, through Megamas Training Company, has successfully secured the trainees with jobs at 10 heavy machinery operators in the country through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The minister, in his speech, said that with increasing demand for the short course, the YDC will continuously offer the course and urged the centre to step-up efforts in convincing other heavy machinery operators in the country to take part.
The operators’ participation will help ensure the courses’ relevance and consistency in the industry.
The minister added that the demand for heavy machinery drivers is not only limited to the oil, gas and shipping industry, but also in other sectors such as agriculture, services, construction, hospitality and heavy machinery coordination.
He further stressed the importance of a Public and Private Partnership (PPP) drive in implementing the course, which he said will give an added value and international accreditation to the trainees.
A press release from MCYS said the fourth session of the course will commence next month with a total of 20 trainees.
The course comprises a two-month theoretical and practical lesson at the YDC, which will be followed by a qualifying examination sanctioned by the Land Transport Department (LTD) for heavy machinery driving licence classes 4,5,6 and 2 & 11.
Participants will receive training on health and safety, first-aid, defensive driving, four-wheel drive, bus driving, driving trucks and trailers, crane operations and ‘rigging and slinging’.
MCYS hopes the event will instil confidence in trainees who have completed the course, and provide them with motivation and encouragement.
It also hopes to inspire future trainees to give their best in achieving good results from the course.