11/3/2011 — BERNAMA
Eastern Corridor Economic Region Development Corporation (ECERDC) will expand its “Empower” programme to all districts in Terengganu and other ECER areas.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said said the programme, comprising two main programmes – Academic Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Skill Training – was aimed at preparing the residents in the state to face the possible rapid development in Terengganu.
“Skills obtained by youths and adults under the programme will give them the opportunity to increase their income and employability.
“As for students, the programme will enable them to improve their grades and self-esteem,” he told reporters after launching the “Empower Kemaman” programme here Thursday.
In a bid to ensure that the participants would really benefit from the programme, the menteri besar said they would be offered with courses that would meet the demand from the job market and the public.
Meanwhile, ECERDC chief executive officer Datuk Datuk Jebasingam Issace John said the “Empower” programme would teach new skills to the participants to enable them to secure a better job and to meet the demand for quality human capital in the business industry.
He said the 15-month programme, among other, also aimed at improving the potential of students, enhancing the living status of the people and closing the income gap among the local residents.
A total of 921 residents are involved in the “Empower Kemaman” programme, which also offers courses in facial, hair and make-up, bakery, sewing and fashion designing as well as wiring and pipework.
Of the total, 421 have registered for the Academic Skills Training programme to improve the academic achievement for the candidates of this year’s UPSR, PMR and SPM examinations.