KUCHING, June 19: The Sarawak Skills Development Centre (Sarawak Skills) here reached a momentous occasion with the launch of a suite of new online programmes to facilitate the development of an agile workforce.
Sarawak Skills said due to the Covid-19 pandemic and start of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period in March 2020, it had implemented online teaching and learning for its students across its campuses and learning centres in Kuching, Mukah and Miri.
It believed the virtual classroom, with a combination of synchronous learning (for example real-time lectures) and asynchronous learning such as pre-recorded lectures and the use of various apps or platforms (e.g. Sarawak Skills’ E-Learn platform, Google Classroom, Google Meet, WhatsApp and Zoom) have transformed its teaching and learning ecosystem.
“The online initiatives are part and parcel of Sarawak Skills’ mitigation plan, comprising various initiatives to safeguard the interests and well-being of its students, trainees, staff members and various stakeholders.
“Sarawak Skills highlights that the Covid-19 pandemic, a ‘health and economic crisis’, has ushered in the Age of the New Normal.
“In this respect, the launch of the new online programmes on June 19 (today) will facilitate the building of an agile workforce,” it said in a statement here today.
Sarawak Skills added the wide range of programmes are categorised into the following focus areas.
They are Smart Agriculture, Industry Revolution 4.0, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and Leadership and Management.
The learning institution asserted that those online programmes are in line with the state government’s post Covid-19 exit economic strategy up to 2030.
In a nutshell, Sarawak Skills believed those programmes align education and training with the human capital needs of the various economic sectors in Sarawak.
With the launch of the online programmes, including various upskilling, reskilling and multi-skilling programmes, Sarawak Skills said learners from Malaysia and abroad will be able to acquire industry-relevant knowledge and skills in a ‘Classroom Without Borders’.
It added learners will be able to study at their own pace and upon completion, will be awarded electronic certificates.
Meanwhile, the new online learning programmes were launched by Sarawak Skills’ chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain at its headquarters located at Tabuan Jaya here today.
Also present at the launch were Sarawak Skills’ executive director Hallman Sabri and members of Sarawak Skills’ management team.
For more information on the online learning programmes, contact or WhatsApp Adruce Amirol at 016-3437515 or visit Sarawak Skills’ official website at www.ppks.edu.my. —DayakDaily