It was reported that 2,206 people lost their jobs in Perak due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of that number, about 500 people were involved in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
With this in mind, the Perak State Government through the Perak State Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Committee Secretariat and the Perak Youth Aspiration Centre (PASAK), are implementing the Perak State Hospitality Training Programme.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi said the programme involves the cooperation between Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter and Shen Jai TVET College.
“This is one of the initiatives implemented by the State Government to help the hotel industry to cover the shortage of manpower.
“The first phase of this programme will focus on two courses, namely the Housekeeping and Assistant Chef courses which involve a total of 20 participants each. The training is based on the concept of “On The Job Training” with the hotels involved. Participants will also be offered jobs after they complete their courses.
“The hotels involved are MU Hotel, Symphony Suite and 969 Business Suite Hotel. The course runs for a period of eight days and the on-the-job training will last for six months,” she said in a press conference in conjunction with the training programme at Shen Jai TVET College last Thursday.
Registration will be conducted online on the PASAK website next week for a week. The selections will be made by the hotels through interviews. The training will be conducted by the training provider, Shen Jai TVET College in collaboration with MAH.
Nolee added that the programme is open to impacted workers such as graduates, the unemployed and SPM leavers.
“This training programme is very good as it is in line with the needs of today’s industry. At the same time, it can provide opportunities for the public to acquire various skills that can be used in their careers,” she said.
by Rosli Mansor