PUTRAJAYA – Malaysian Skills Certificate-Accreditation of Prior Achievement (SKM-PPT) holders will be provided with basic equipment to start businesses after completing their training.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the new policy which was in line with the Community Development Department;s (Kemas) transformation was introduced to achieve the target of the 50 per cent of participants to be the successful entrepreneurs.
“The ministry through its agencies offer various courses to people but the courses will be meaningless if the trainees cannot become entrepreneurs.
“Therefore, starting from this batch of graduates, the participants will be provided with basic equipment based on their interested field,” he told reporters after presenting certificates to 213 recipients at the Kemas SKM-PPT convocation ceremony, here today.
Since it was introduced in 2006, the SKM-PPT has trained 3,256 participants from rural areas in the field of food preparation, sewing, self-grooming and handicrafts from level one until three.
SKM-PPT provides opportunities for low income individuals who are interested in entrepreneurship to obtain recognition without formal training whereby the recognition will be given based on their previous experience and achievements as outlined by the Human Resources Ministry’s National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS).
Ismail Sabri said the participants, who had been the small entrepreneurs before joining the course, will be provided government funding under the ministry’s Rural Economy Funding Scheme to expand their business.
“No specific conditions will be imposed. Those who are interested need to submit an application whether as a future entrepreneur or to expand their business,” he said.
Furthermore he said a total of RM850,000 was allocated this year for SKM-PPT implementation which benefited approximately 710 rural communities. – BERNAMA