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YAYASAN SIME DARBY (YSD) SKILL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME LAUNCH & SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CEREMONY 2020

Yayasan Sime Darby awards RM21 million worth of various scholarships and bursaries to 584 deserving individuals

(front row, 9th from left) YSD CEO Dr. Hjh. Yatela Zainal Abidin, YSD Governing Council Members Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri, Datin Paduka Zaitoon Dato’ Othman, YSD Chairman Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar, YSD Governing Council Member Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson and Sime Darby Plantation Chief Human Resources Officer Zulkifli Zainal Abidin with bursary recipients under the YSD Skill Enrichment Programme.

Kuala Lumpur, 22 January 2020 – Realising the indispensable role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) skills to meet labour market demands, Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) has extended its provision for the YSD Skill Enrichment Programme. This is in line with the ongoing reform in the TVET sector which focuses on equipping the youth with employable skills in Malaysia.

Through YSD’s collaborations with selected TVET partners, the fields of vocational study opportunities offered under the programme are broadened to support more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and creative arts courses.

YSD Chairman Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar said since 2012, the Foundation has been awarding scholarships and bursaries worth more than RM34 million to more than 1,300 students under this category.

“With the YSD Skill Enrichment Programme launched today, YSD’s annual allocation for TVET bursaries is increased more than tenfold from 35 to 400, and we remain focused on assisting needy students,” he said.

In line with the government’s agenda to enhance TVET skills among Malaysian youth and recognising TVET as one of the keys to fulfil the country's aspiration to become a developed nation, YSD is working with four strategic partners: the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education under the Ministry of Education (MOE), Sime Darby Industrial Academy, Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College, and KRU Academy.

“This is to provide more scholars with technical skills and assist with job placements upon the completion of their training courses,” he said.

“It was recently reported that currently, almost 90% of TVET graduates have been able to get a job after graduation. But with the support of our TVET partners, we intend to achieve 100%,” he added.

Over RM21 million worth of various scholarships and bursaries were awarded today to 584 deserving individuals, a majority of which are from underprivileged households. Additionally, 29 persons with disabilities were also among the recipients.

Among the YSD scholars celebrated this year are individuals with compelling stories who have weathered many challenges to beat the odds. One of them is YSD’s TVET scholar Muhammad Afiq Aminuddin, who was awarded the YSD Role Model Award 2020.

Afiq, 29, who hailed from a single-parent B40 household in Penang completed his Certificate in Heavy Equipment from Sime Darby Industrial Academy in 2011. He worked at Sime Darby Industrial – Tractors Malaysia as a mechanic and electrician in heavy equipment maintenance and is now an accomplished field mechanic for Baker Hughes, an international energy technology company.

Muhammad Firdaus bin Abu Hassan, 29, the recipient of YSD Inspirational Award 2020, has proven that success is not beyond reach despite disability and poverty. Being completely blind since the age of 14, he remained ambitious and tenacious in chasing his goals.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Sociology, and then a Master of Professional Counselling, both with flying colours. His life story was documented and analysed in a postgraduate study to understand the development of resilience in the underprivileged.

Education has been the main thrust of YSD since its inception in 1982 to offer wisdom, expertise and assistance at all levels of education to promote and advance what people believe they can achieve, especially the underprivileged. To date, YSD has committed over RM289.7 million for scholarships and bursaries, benefitting a total of 4,441 students from diverse backgrounds.


(left to right) YSD Governing Council Member Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson, YSD CEO Dr. Hjh. Yatela Zainal Abidin, YSD Inspirational Award recipient Muhammad Firdaus bin Abu Hassan, YSD Governing Council Member Datin Paduka Zaitoon Dato’ Othman, YSD Chairman Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar, YSD Chairman’s Award recipient Nur Aida Ab Ghani, YSD Excellence Award 2020 recipient Raja Muhamad Syuwari Raja Ibrahim, YSD Governing Council Member Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri and Sime Darby Plantation Chief Human Resources Officer Zulkifli Zainal Abidin in a group photo.
YSD Chairman Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar said YSD’s annual allocation for TVET bursaries is increased more than tenfold from 35 to 400, and the focus remains on assisting needy students.
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26 Feb 2020
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