KATC inks collaborations with companies offering employment to Sabahans

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KOTA KINABALU: KKIP Aerospace Training Centre (KATC) is taking steps in defining its uniqueness to become the training organisation in Sabah which could offer customised high-technology training coupled with employment.

There are scarce manpower availability amongst Sabahan today in the aircraft painting and finishing and fibre-optic installation and maintenance. These are among the few in-demand training required by the industries which Sabah is lacking especially after Malaysia has migrated into Covid-19 endemic phase.

KATC Chief Executive Officer Ts Aminuddin Zakaria said it is about time for KATC to take up the challenge and fill-in the technology gaps.

“From the voice of the customers, companies are having issues in recruiting skilled manpower in Sabah which then delayed the completion of high impact projects and effecting the Sabahan well-being. Besides concentrating on our core aviation training, we are now embarking on “Bootcamp” programmes that offers short non-aviation courses coupled with employment,” he said.

Today, KATC signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Sir Ventures Sdn Bhd and Iconix Skills Academy at KATC facility in Sepanggar. It was witnessed by Sabah Assistance Industrial Development Minister, Mohn Tamin Zainal.    

Aminuddin said KATC and Sir Ventures will offer training plus employment (TREM) scheme as aircraft painters while Iconix Skills Academy as fibre-optics cabling installers and technicians. TREM programmes are designed for ex-graduates from TVET institutions, which has basic knowledge of the subject and inducting them into a “Bootcamp” programme prior to employment. Many thanks to Sabah Human Resources Development Department (JPSM) for the financial support assistance towards realising the TREM programmes.    

“We are delighted to partner with KATC to conduct this TREM programme. The demand for aircraft painters are greater now as airlines are reactivating their parked aircraft back in the air where painting of aircraft becomes crucial overnight,” said Che Wan Imanuddin, CEO of Sir Ventures.

Meanwhile, Iconix Skills Academy Programme Manager, Dr Daniel Yong said this strategic partnership will help expedite the JENDELA programme in providing wider coverage and better quality of broadband experience in Sabah while preparing for 5G network technology.

“We find KATC is the right partner in Sabah and can foresee many more programmes can be explored together to meet the demand from the Telco industry players,” he said.