KOTA KINABALU: The State Government is committed to creating a bigger human capital pool that is highly skilled in science, technology and innovation as the global economy enters the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said in the State 2022 Budget the State Government not merely focused on economic recovery and growth but also on the development of human capital and people’s wellbeing.
“In this respect, an allocation of RM127.06 million was given to the State Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry for the programme to adapt and make science, technology and innovation a culture in the state,” he said, when launching the Bosch Rexroth Cyber Physical Training System I4.0 and the Skills for Prosperity programme graduation at SSTC in KKIP, Tuesday.
“A total of RM500,000 was allocated for the IR4.0 Advancement Centre development feasibility study at the Sabah Skills and Technology Centre (SSTC) to ensure Sabah talents can be further polished to meet the industries’ current needs.
” His speech was delivered by Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Abidin Madingkir.
“Today I am happy to note that SSTC is implementing the Skills for Prosperity programme through a collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and British High Commission.
“The programme is a first for Sabah and on behalf of the State Government, I wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to the High Commission and ILO for funding and coordinating this programme, respectively,” he said.
Two districts have been chosen for the pilot project namely Ranau (food processing entrepreneurship) and Tuaran (inculcating technological elements in food processing) with 50 participants beginning in November, this year.
“These programmes are in line with the second thrust of the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) Roadmap, hence the target group comprised those from the B40, women particularly single mothers as well as youths.
”The 25 trainees in Ranau received certificates in Entrepreneurial Skillset for Food Processing Industry while 25 others in Tuaran received their certificates after completing the Technology Integrated Employment Skills for Food Processing Industry.
On the introduction of the Bosch Rexroth Cyber Physical Training System I4.0, which is a mini smart factory, the Chief Minister believed it would go a long way in providing Sabah with a much better understanding of the state-of-the-art technology.
Sabah is the third to own such a system in Malaysia and it is the fourth in Asean region.Hajiji hoped the trainees would use the technology to reduce cost and increase production.
He also commended SSTC, which had trained more than 17,000 including 6,000 school leavers and graduates since its inception 21 years ago.
Also present were Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry Permanent Secretary Zainuddin Aman, SSTC Management Council Chairman Datuk John Choo, British High Commission’s Kuala Lumpur Political Counsellor Tom Sheperd, Senior Programme Officer of Skills for Prosperity Malaysia from ILO Shaza Scherazade Alauddin Onn and Bosch Rexroth Sdn Bhd Director Royce Tan.