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BUKIT MERTAJAM, March 28 -- The Penang Bumiputera Development Council (MPBPP) plans to open a home management training centre for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)-level school leavers keen to explore this field which could provide many job opportunities.
MPBPP chairman, Datuk Shabudin Yahaya said it would be collaborating with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Penang to offer such a training scheme for the first time.
"Based on the discussions between MPBPP and Penang UiTM, the training scheme could start in three to four months’ time with the first intake involving 60 participants for the six-month to one-year course in Permatang Pauh (at Penang UiTM).
"This training scheme will enable them to acquire home management skills to gain employment, hence reducing dependency on foreign maids with the hiring of them involving a high cost," he told reporters, here, today.
Shabudin, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) was met when officiating at a dialogue session between about 300 Penang Bumiputera entrepreneurs and MPBPP, aimed at boosting networking between the entrepreneurs and government agency.
The Tasek Gelugor Member of Parliament said the training scheme could provide highly-skilled manpower in home management with a monthly salary of up to RM2,000b including contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organisation (Socso).
"The job involves the provision of home services like cleaning and childcare, and they work under a company set up by MPBPP in order to safeguard their welfare," he said.
He added that MPBPP would also ensure that home management obtain government recognition through the Ministry of Human Resources.
Shabudin said MPBPP’s effort of introducing the training scheme was to raise the status of domestic help which was always viewed lowly by some quarters, besides solving the problems faced by working couples with regard to childcare and so on.
"As opposed to the current perception, we want them to be viewed as trained professionals because as highly-skilled manpower, we can even market them to other states," he added.