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Enhancing Youth Role in Oil Palm Industry
LAHAD DATU, Wednesday (May 22, 2013) --- The younger generation needs to be made aware of career opportunities around them to make them meaningful part-taker in the state's progress.
One sector is the oil palm industry in which Sabah is a big-part player by virtue of it being the single largest palm oil producing state in Malaysia, said a spokesperson of state-owned POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd, the developer of the Lahad Datu palm oil industrial cluster (POIC Lahad Datu).
Addressing a group of school counselors from secondary schools in the district yesterday, the spokesperson said the counselors are potent agents in the transformation of perception of the palm oil industry youths.
"Too many of secondary school students we came in contact with over the years perceived their part in the industry as little more then being employed as security guards, planter or lab assistants.
"We need to empower them to think beyond the average, to encourage them to make the right decision sin their choice of courses and plan their career path involving professional jobs like engineering, pharmaceutical science and advance technicians.
"We want them not to be mere passengers, but to be meaningful stakeholders in an industry which is expected to experience tremendous growth in the coming years," the conselors were told.
Under its corporate responsibility programme, POIC Sabah has been conducting yearly career talks in Lahad Datu secondary schools consecutively since 2008. Eleven schools are involved with an average of 250-300 students per school attending each session.
The talks were conducted by speakers from POIC Sabah, industry players and training institutions such as the Sabah Skills and Technology Centre, Suntec Institute and Politeknik Sandakan. Topics covered the development of POIC Lahad Datu, careers in the oil palm industry, guidance on vocational and professional training.
"We are now engaging resources in the respective schools, through the counselors, to complement the programme which we feel is important to the future of the oil palm industry in Sabah," the spokesperson added.
Lahad Datu school counselors with POIC executives Ms Lynette Hoo (Senior Manager, 8th right) and Malvina Flant (Executive,7th left)
Students from SMK Silabukan at one of POIC's career development sessions
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