John (left) supervising students during a practical session.

KUCHING: Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) is providing financial aid to its students from low-income households to lessen their financial burdens.

In line with its mission to produce qualified and competent workforce, PPKS is reaching out to secondary school leavers in Sarawak to further their studies at its campus. It is accepting registrations for July, August and October 2019 intakes.

PPKS Kuching’s campus director John Rizal Biki said, “New students will be able to pursue a wide range of industry-relevant courses with this financial assistance.

“PPKS takes into account various circumstances in order to finance those who really need help for their tertiary education.

“We also provide a one-stop centre to help assistance the students apply for the aid.

“This includes the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) and Yayasan Sarawak.

“As a general guide, financial assistance will be in the form of a grant or scholarship-loan with attractive repayment incentives such as having to repay only half of the loan, depending on one’s academic performance.”

The courses offered PPKS have been described by the Department of Skills Development as the most high-rated technical courses offered in Sarawak.

Those who have completed the SPM/SPMV are eligible to enter the Malaysian Skills Certificate (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) programme(s).

To enter the Malaysian Skills Diploma programme(s), students must have completed a Malaysian Skills Certificate (Level 3) in a related field.

Among the courses offered by PPKS for SPM and STPM leavers are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Computer Systems, Electrical Installation, Graphic Design, Industrial Electronics, Information Systems, Mechanical Draughtsmanship, Mechatronics and Industrial Automation, Plantation Operations and other technical courses.

To register for the July, August and October 2019 intakes and get more information on course requirements, interested applicants can visit PPKS campus at Jalan Canna, off Jalan Wan Alwi, Tabuan Jaya, Kuching or

John (left) supervising students during a practical session.