Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) plans on optimising opportunities in the automotive industry for the benefit of youths in Perak. In realising this noble aim, the foundation, along with Barisan Nasional Youth (Perak), has engaged the services of DRB-HICOM (Diversified Resources Berhad-Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia Berhad), the nation’s largest automotive conglomerate, to initiate a viable training scheme.
The programme named, Skim Latihan Automatif Amanjaya, is a bold attempt at churning out trained personnel for the automotive industry. “It’s in line with the state government’s aspiration to make Perak an automotive hub with the establishment of Proton City in Behrang,” said Dato’ Ahmad Shaffie, the Menteri Besar’s political secretary. He told this to the media after presenting certificates to 11 workshop operators and 30 students who had successfully completed a training course under the scheme at the foundation’s hall recently.
Perak BN Youth Chief and Deputy Chairman of YBU, Khairul Azwan Harun, in echoing Dato’ Ahmad’s sentiments, reaffirmed the movement’s commitment in making the scheme a success. “We’ll get at least 40 youths to attend each training session. It’s not something impossible considering our networking and influence,” said Khairul to Ipoh Echo.
The 6-month course is fully sponsored by workshops under the ambit of YBU. The training syllabus covers an extensive array of motoring subjects and upon completion, the students will be equipped with enough knowledge to start his own business or to improve his skills in motor repairs. “It’s geared to make him a complete mechanic and an entrepreneur,’ remarked Khairul.
Amirul Azmil Yaacop, 22, from Grik was grateful for the opportunity given to him by YBU. “I’ve gained considerably from the course. It’ll come in handy when I start my own workshop in a while,” he enthused.
Isma Aliff Ismail, 26, owner of Aliff Auto in Tasek, shared similar sentiments. “It’s a noble way to alleviate the problem of unemployment among youths in Perak. I am most fortunate to be a party to the scheme.”