Youths from single-parent and dysfunctional families who are lagging behind in education will soon have a campus to help transform their lives.
The campus is aimed at lowering the crime level among youths in the Klang Valley by providing them with positive vocational training at a new 12-hectare complex in Hulu Selangor, which is expected to begin construction early next year.
It will have about 100 apartments, administration and workshop buildings, a multipurpose hall as well as sports facilities.
Located in Kalumpang, north Hulu Selangor, which is an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, unemployed youths will get a second chance to learn and enhance their vocational skills.
These courses are aimed at keeping academically weak students off the streets.
Male students will get to study mechatronics, electrical wiring, welding, air-condition repair and plumbing, while the female students will get to improve their culinary skills and take on corporate secretarial studies.
The new campus was made possible by MySkills Foundation, which was set up to take care of the needs of students who have dropped out of school or obtained poor grades.
MySkills Foundation director S. Pasupathi said the collaboration between the Economic Planning Unit and MySkills Foundation was one of the steps the Government had taken to help underprivileged youths to be part of the national transformation agenda.
“The MySkills programme has benefited more than 300 students nationwide and improved 300 families indirectly,” she said.
MySkills Foundation, with its established Primus Institute of Technology located in Port Klang, was formed with a strong vision and mission to transform underprivileged youths of various communities, meeting the approval of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry in 2011.
Hundreds of students have successfully completed certified programmes.
MySkills was also formed to engage the government to formulate more inclusive, fair and equitable policies concerning underachieving youths.
Pasupathi said market-relevant skills training was introduced to improve skills of the underprivileged youths.
MySkills first college, Primus, can accommodate up to 700 students.
“Our centre consists of eight fully air-conditioned classrooms, a computer lab, an assembly hall for talks and activities, four Electrical and Mechatronics labs that can house at least 25 students per session, a library, computer lab, surau and cafeteria.“
It is situated in Port Klang town, where public transport facilities such as KTM and buses are within walking distance and there is easy access to major highways.
“We also provide hostel accommodation and shuttle bus facilities for the students. All our students are given college uniforms and there is a punch-card system in place to keep track of their attendance,” Pasupathi added.
Their courses and modules are accredited by the Department of Skills Development (JPK).
MySkills also provides counselling sessions for youths and organises transformational activities daily for the students.
“Our focus is not only on education but also to develop the personality and social skills of the youths at risk. It has always been our dream to build a society of skilled youths,” Pasupathi added.