Ministry Will Not Let Skills, Experience Of ASC Participants Go To Waste

Last update: 27/10/2014

From Ahmad Erwan Othman

HANOI, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- The government, through the human resources ministry, will not allow wastage of the talent and experience of youths who participated in the Asean Skills Competition (ASC).

Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib said an alumni of ASC participants would be set up to help pave a direction, as well as opportunities, for them.

"The idea of setting up this alumni came up after we returned from the World Skills Competition (WSC) in July last year in Leipzig, Germany.

"The purpose is, so that these children with technical and vocational skills will not disappear just like that, which is a waste to the country.

"Therefore now, a committee under the Skills Development Department has been mobilised to gather youths with skills in various fields, who have represented the country, and we have found a few," he told Bernama here today.

He was met after meeting some of the Malaysian participants at the 10th ASC at the National Convention Centre here today. The Malaysian contingent comprises 51 youths from various skills institutes in the country.

The competition ends tomorrow. Winners of the gold and silver medal at ASC stand a chance to represent the country at the WSC in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August next year.

ASC has been held since 1995, with Malaysia as the host when it was held for the first time, and again in 2008.

It is a biennial event aimed at developing and enhancing the level of skills among youths and workers.

Ismail, who is also Malaysian Skills Competition Council chairman, said following the setting up of the ASC alumni, it was found that a former ASC trainee was now a deputy dean at a private university.

There were also a few who had become entrepreneurs and set up businesses in their respective skills, like restaurants, he added.