Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Vital for students to acquire entrepreneurship skills

Vital for students to acquire entrepreneurship skills
By : Harun Jau
Date Posted : Wednesday 05-Mar-2014

KUCHING:  Entrepreneurship skill as one of the important elements in the soft skills domain must be given attention by all quarters including students.
This was pointed out by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Bumiputera  Entrepreneurs’ Development),  Datuk Haji  Mohd  Naroden  Haji Majais in his text of speech which was read by State Assemblyman for Pantai Damai, Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi at the  official opening of the Young  Entrepreneurs’ Festival  2014 at Dewan  Jubli  Perak, Politeknik  Kuching in Matang near here yesterday.
“This is because entrepreneurship skills when  practiced by every student regardless of their line of studies would  be able to identify good business opportunities, then design  business planning  framework systematically on their own until they are capable of  grabbing business opportunities available. In the economic environment which is getting more challenging, graduates entering the job market should prepare themselves  from now by giving attention to the mastery  of skills, creativity, endurance and eventually possessing high competitiveness  to fulfill the aspiration of the government and generate the workforce needed especially for projects in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE ),”  he said.
He believed  that  Politeknik  Kuching Sarawak is capable of producing quality work force and successful entrepreneurs  to become catalysts to nation-building. He also believed that the programme that was launched was a noble initiative in efforts  to further strengthen awareness and  skills in the field of entrepreneurship, which eventually will create  more young  entrepreneurs who will plan important roles  in the national economy  especially in the state.
Naroden said various transformation plans such as enhancing the country’s education development  in order to create human capital that are more innovative in exploiting new fields to generate the nation’s wealth.
“Politeknik Kuching Sarawak as an education leader in the technical and vocational fields in Sarawak is seen to be able to response to the challenges of the government  in ensuring quality  graduates  for the job market,” said Naroden who is also Assistant Minister for Planning and Resource Management .
Earlier in her welcoming speech, Clara  Ong  Guat Leng, director of Politeknik Kuching Sarawak said  the Young Entrepreneurs’ Festival 2014 was among the main programmes organised by the Entrepreneurs Unit of Politeknik Kuching Sarawak and this time it was held together with activities  organised by various units and departments of the politechnic.  The activities included Pesta Jom Niaga, Exhibition of Innovative Recycled products, Career Talks, Job Interviews, Reading Competition and colouring competition for children.
The Entrepreneurial Unit had lined up activities like entrepreneurship  workshop and entrepreneurship seminar to provide  opportunities to participants to learn skills such has business registration, cupcake making, handicraft and gain knowledge  as well as entrepreneur experience.
She said the implementation of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Festival 2014 not only saw cooperation among  various departments and units in Politeknik Kuching Sarawak but also saw collaboration between Politeknik Kuching Sarawak with the Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Development Unit.

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