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Taib Urges Govt-Private Cooperation To Meet Demand For Skilled Workers

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KUCHING – More collaboration is required between the Sarawak government and the private sector in order to meet the demand for skilled workers, Sarawak Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said here today.

He said with the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) programme alone already expected to require 300,000 technically-skilled workers in 16 years’ time, the state is now in a tight situation with regards to producing enough such workers.

“This tight situation for technical people will persist for quite some time because we keep on expanding,” he said when opening the Centre of Technical Excellence (CTE) near Santubong, about 30km from here.

He said the stiff competition for technical workers in Bintulu, which hosts most of the state’s high technology industries, points to the opportunities available, but is a also bad sign if enough such workers cannot be produced.

He said the CTE, which has enrolled some 200 trainees since May this year, would be able to embark on a more important and bigger role in trying to hasten the production of technical workers.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and State Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani were among those present at the ceremony. – BERNAMA

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