Go for technical, digital skills


KUCHING: Youth in Sarawak are urged to take up education opportunities offered by the state government in technical skills and digitalisation to prepare them for the future.

Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources Datuk Len Talif Salleh said currently, there is a demand in the job market for technological and technical skills.

“My hope is that youth in Sarawak take up these offers of education opportunity, especially in technical skills in order to be able to face challenges in the industrial revolution.

“This is where automation technology, Internet of Things and Real Time Data play an important role in human life and prepare the youth for the job market to meet current and future needs,” he said in a Facebook post.

Len said at the same time, there must be an emphasis to empower artificial intelligence (AI) as a branch of science.

“This is a field of computer science that complements the networks and management systems involved in running operations and brings impact on various sectors.

“The concept of AI is very important to know in completing machine learning and so on,” he said.

Len also hoped that Malaysian Education Certificate (SPM) and Malaysian Higher Education Certificate (STPM) graduates would continue to persevere in gaining knowledge.

“Even though we are still hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to move fast to seize all the opportunities available in this era that require creativity and innovation as well as competitiveness,” he said.

Len, who is also Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) chairman, earlier attended a recording session for the ‘Project of Dream Realized’ (Pro-DR) which will be held online for the first time after being delayed due to Covid-19.

The programme, which began in 2015, provides information on educational opportunities and assistance through 32 institutions of higher learning and two educational financial assistance institutions to the graduates.