Pro Skills Academy (PSA), an Ipoh-based automotive engineering academy unveiled its new building during a formal launch at the Jelapang Industrial Park on Sunday, November 12.

It began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by lion dance and luncheon for staff and guests. The event was officiated by the president of the Perak Chinese Assembly Hall, Dato’ Chai Wang Yook.

Principal Clement Heh disclosed that the momentous event coincided with a relocation exercise drawing its Bercham’s operation to a close.

“We relocated to better serve our students. This new premise can accommodate about 75 students per intake and is better equipped than the previous. Our Bercham building can only take 25 students per intake.

“The timing is perfect, as the next intakes are in December and January,” he told reporters during the media conference.

According to Heh, PSA is in collaboration with Warnborough College, UK to produce better qualified personnel for the automotive industry.

“The upgrading is to satisfy the growing demands for professional courses in the field. Apart from having a fully-equipped facility, we’re also expanding in terms of quality courses.

“Those graduating from our academy can work at supervisory level and beyond. They can be workshop managers or owners of their own workshops. We’ll try to mould our students to become engine designers. It’s not just conventional foremen, but highly skilled workers,” he posited.

For the coming intake, Heh said PSA will offer the Certificate in Engine Management System, Certificate in Vehicle Chassis System, Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Advanced Diploma in Automotive Technology.

Their courses are open to Form Three school leavers onwards.

In terms of educational loans, students can apply with Koperasi JayaDiri Malaysia Berhad (Kojadi), Employees Provident Fund (EPF) under the Education Withdrawal Scheme, National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) or Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK).

Academy advisor, Yang Kien Seng said that demand for professional automotive engineering courses is on the rise as more people are owning cars these days.

“Therefore, there’s a need for skilled personnel to fill the many vacancies available at workshops and car-service centres,” he said.

Nabilah Hamudin