Kuching IKM boasts 99 pct employment of its graduates

Azmi (centre) with officers and students of Institut Kemahiran Mara (IKM) Kuching. Photos: RAMIDI SUBARI

KUCHING: Mara Skills Institute (IKM) Kuching recorded a graduate employability rate of 99 percent while IKM Bintulu obtained an employability rate of 94 per cent in 2018.

At a press conference yesterday, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) state director Dr Azmi Amat Murjan described the graduate employability rates of the two institutes as “very encouraging.”

Azmi Amat Murjan

“IKM Kuching is now topping the chart in terms of graduate employability while IKM Bintulu’s employability rate is among the highest,” he added.

“The demand for IKM graduates specialising in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is impressive as they are applicable in various sectors,” he said.

Most of the graduates were now employed or had become entrepreneurs, he explained.

“We have come up with a few schemes to help them become entrepreneurs and as a result, most of them now are owners of their own businesses,” he added during the “Mara Education Institution Carnival (IPMA)” held at Mydin Petra Jaya here.

Dr Azmi pointed out that the money earned by the graduates not only served as their sources of income but also provided employment opportunities to other Sarawakians.

Azmi (centre) with officers and students of Institut Kemahiran Mara (IKM) Kuching. Photos: RAMIDI SUBARI

Asked about the number of targeted visitors for the carnival, he said “I expect the turnout to be between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors within this two-day period.”

He added, “Sarawak is a large state. School leavers from Bintulu, Sri Aman and Betong have also registered at our booths.”

The carnival aims to provide a platform for school leavers from all over Sarawak to obtain information to further their education.

In preparation for Industrial Revolution 4.0, the institutions involved in the carnival are conducting programmes pertaining to TVET.