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Water industry training for Penang rural youths

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 1 (Bernama) — PBA Holdings Bhd today announced the collaboration between its wholly-owned subsidiary, PBA Resources Sdn Bhd (PBAR) and the Penang Regional Development Authority (PERDA), to conduct training for rural youths in Penang.

PBA Holdings chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said both organisations signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday to jointly provide Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) water industry competency training programmes that would offer three key benefits for school leavers.

These benefits comprise certificates which are recognised by the Malaysian government, access to technical jobs offered by other water supply operators across the country, and rewarding long-term careers in the public service industry.

As part of the agreement, PBAR will provide the training to trainees of PERDA-TECH, a training institute in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan, which is accredited by the Department of Skills Development (JPK) and operated by PERDA.

PBAR will also provide specialised and fast-track training programmes to relevant parties through PERDA-TECH.

In a statement, Jaseni said that two other training partnerships established by the PBA Group of Companies, to offer courses by the PBAR managed-Penang Water Services Academy, comprised respective arrangements with KYM STES Sdn Bhd which runs the Malaysia Water Institute in Melaka, and the Malaysian Water Academy in Kuala Lumpur.

In the face of increasing water demand and global climate change, the Malaysian water supply industry is becoming an increasingly important industry which will definitely require more manpower in the future, he said, adding that key performance indicators set by the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) for water supply operators, included enabling all their technical personnel to obtain recognised technical competency certifications.

The minimum certifications are the SKM certifications.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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