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J.P. Morgan and MySkills Foundation in partnership to prepare disadvantaged youth in Malaysia for careers in high-demand sectors

Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2018 – Global banking and financial services provider J.P. Morgan and youth vocational training organization MySkills Foundation (MSF) today launched a demand-led workforce readiness initiative to empower at-risk youth in Malaysia to complete their education and obtain relevant skill sets for gainful employment.

J.P. Morgan is supporting MSF over 24 months to train 300 underserved youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to equip them with electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, life management and soft skills that will allow them to transition into higher paying jobs upon graduation. MSF typically recruits young people who have dropped out of the mainstream education system, and who need holistic support to transform their career trajectories. With curriculum enhancements and greater emphasis on providing industry linkages and on-the-job training, MSF expects to see significant reductions in drop-out rates among its students and higher-paying jobs for its graduates.

 

The initiative not only supports youth who are in need of sustainable livelihoods, but also addresses the country’s challenges in hiring talent with technical and vocational education and training (TVET)-related skills. According to the government’s 11th Malaysia Plan, about 60 percent of the 1.5 million new jobs expected to be created in Malaysia between 2016 and 2020 will require TVET skills and there are concerns of a lack of talent with the right skill sets to meet demand.

“MySkills Foundation aims to increase our students’ exposure to work experience to help them better connect their schooling with their career prospects and as a result lower their dropout rates, which remains a key challenge. By providing pre-vocational training for students as young as 14, we hope to build up their confidence and nurture learning attitudes that result in stronger retention in our programs. Together with support from J.P. Morgan, we are confident this initiative will bring greater impact in terms of sustainable and successful careers for our graduates,” said Mr. Devasharma Gangadaran, Chief Executive Officer of MySkills Foundation.

 

The program, which commenced in July 2018, addresses the need for more industry involvement in vocational training as identified in J.P. Morgan’s ASEAN-5 New Skills at Work study. The research report was commissioned under J.P. Morgan’s five-year USD 250 million New Skills at Work commitment, which, since 2013, has helped to train over 300,000 beneficiaries in Asia Pacific alone, allowing underprivileged individuals, especially youth, access quality demand-driven jobs in high-growth sectors.

“We are committed to helping young people develop the skills they need to secure better-paying jobs in fast-growing sectors, especially as the country aims to attain high income status by 2020,” said Mr. Steve Clayton, Senior Country Officer for Malaysia at J.P. Morgan. “At J.P. Morgan, we believe that addressing the need for widely shared prosperity is essential and recognize that a quality job can go a long way in transforming lives and strengthening economies.”

 

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Sunway-Lancaster Summer Exchange Program @ Myskills Campus 2018

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For the past 3 years Myskills Foundation is being strongly supported by Sunway University via its collaboration for social enterprising and social impact visit for the young graduates. For the 4th time, we received students from Lancaster University hosted by Sunway partner to our campus in Kalumpang, Hulu Selangor.

A team of 20 students with their coordinator, Ms Sue Ann arrived excitedly today morning for their learning visit with Myskills. Welcomed warmly by the Director, CEO and staff of Myskills, the tour were initiated with introduction on the organisation and its humble beginnings.

Right after a short icebreaker, each two visiting students were assigned with one Myskills student to learn on Malaysian youth demographics and get to know more on their diversified culture. To our surprise, Myskills boys were communicating well and the room was full of healthy
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Lucky enough , it was cloudy and not-so-hot day for the visitors to tour the campus. Variety of fruit trees , vegetable farming , clear river and clean air added more flavor to the eyes and the guests seemed to enjoy every steps around.

To make the presence memorable, we arranged for Bael (Holy Vilva) tree planting for the visitors. Adding to the tropical trees planted in the campus, these newly planted trees by the students will be another legacy by Sunway-Lancaster Partners which grows taller by years.

A hard work must be paid with a great reward and that was their buffet spread of vegetarian food. Credits to our talented team , Mr Naresh and his young chefs gave a finger licking experience for the visitors. Finger licking lunch cooked with passion in short we would say !

It was very soon enough to say goodbye and we had to bid farewell for the visitors to conclude the visit. Myskills Foundation strongly believes the guests return home with valuable learning and greater will for community engagement. We hope the journey in future is blessed to meet them again for greater purpose. All the best for Sunway-Lancaster students !

 

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Naan Kabali Alla

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Myskills Foundation, Astro Vaanavil and Cine Shatriya proudly presents NAAN KABALI ALLA , the 13 weeks serial which premieres this Sunday (9th September 2018) , 8pm on Astro Vaanavil 201.

We had the launch on 7th September 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara officiated by our executive Partner Astro and co-producer Cine Shatriya. The serial depicts thrilling experience by Malaysian flavor of crime inflicted target community and their life episodes. This is a great CSR project by Astro to advocate better Malaysia. It will definitely be a breath taking , adventurous 13 weeks journey!

For those impatient audiences, subscribe to Astro On Demand to unveil all 13 episodes!

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The inspiring news

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Miracles on Wheels 2018

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Myskills Foundation proudly brings you Miracle on Wheels 2018 !

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A student a tree

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Standing tall in the wind, with branches swinging, are 20 plus 60 trees at our Kalumpang campus. If the land could speak, it will be shouting and jumping with happiness for it will now slowly begin to get cover from the scorching heat, store underground water, see flora and fauna flourish in time. This “ultimate conversion” of the land was made possible through the rain-forest seedlings- planting endeavour by MySkills in collaboration with Penawar Hutan, an initiative by Mr James Gingham.

About a month ago, 68 trees were planted by a group of forty students, some staff as well as directors of MySkills. Prior to that, about twenty seedlings were planted in November/December, as a test case to see the suitability of these seedlings to soil and water conditions. Since these survived, we could confidently embark on our rain-forest- creation scheme. My. Pathi planted the first tree, followed by Mr. Ragavan, our directors. The rest of the team, including staff and students joined in this highly productive activity.

Jagadeswaran, 16, a student, shared that he has never planted a tree before; so toomany of his friends. Anand explained that the forty students at Kalumpang helped the two interns, L.Pavitheran and Mathevan, dig the sixty holes over a period of two weeks. Though the digging was difficult, nevertheless, they enjoyed and appreciated the reason for his physically challenging activity. They were divided into teams of five for his task.

Naresh, a staff at Kalumpang, explained that the philosophy behind this project was multi-pronged. Among these was to help the eco-system regenerate because of deforestation. Another was to give ownership to each student in particular the responsibility to see to the growth of the seedlings. When these students return some time in the future, they will be able to identify themselves with the tree they planted on 21ST April 2018. This idea was the brain-child of Mr. Pathi. Naresh also added that this “one student one tree” concept will be part of the process of changing the mind-set of the students. They will be able to proudly say “this is my tree”.

Come and plant a tree and say “this is my tree”. We will provide this opportunity soon. Stay in touch with us!

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Of leadership, respect and managing emotions

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Students from MySkills were exposed to some life skills through Mr. Parthiban from Salem South India, in addition to what they have been learning about such skills. Spending a week from 26th February 2018 to 8th March 2018, Mr Pathiban shared about what it takes to be a good leader, making decisions, being responsible, helping the poor and even how to save.

Reflecting about the sessions that they were taken through, different students expressed similar sentiments, of following what he shared. Durga said she liked the idea of being in silence and being at peace when making a decision. She said she has been practicing it the last two weeks. For Sofea, the practice of showing respect to others stands out. She hopes to speak with some of her friends about it. Lavanya who agrees about being respectful, adds that she saw the impotence of being responsible, a point also raised in the sessions. Kanagie picks up on the point of self talk because “I am my friend”. Yashine adds about the need to help others and that one must not be selfish. Shavina reflects on the point about leadership and its importance in life. She wants to follow that and be a good leader.

In a separate session for the students at Port Klang, Pathiban ,also shared and interacted with them. Seelan leant, among other things, the importance of thinking before acting while Nithayandan picks up on helping the poor. For Patmen, the reflection on the importance of family was another important aspect. Duvien, Dashwin and Yuvan see that respecting one another is important, so too, sharing and caring for others. Praveen and Nigen, share similar thoughts about what they learnt and add about the importance of sharing with others what they have learnt as well as to respect adults.

All students say they will try and continue to practice what they have learned in order to be better persons. They are grateful to Mr. Pathiban for taking the time with them.

Footnote: Mr Pathiban who lives in Salem, South India has banking experience and in that time, he has made efforts to help petty traders be freed from exploitative money lenders. He is associated with an International organization called Initiatives of Change. His interaction and sharing with MySkills students was based on his experiences.

Please Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTF094ZBbXc&t=167s

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A Digital Exposure of drones and robots

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Thirty enthusiastic students from Primus College, MySkills, together with their coordinator, Mr. Rama, made their way to Cyberjaya’s MCMC starting from the 20th of March for a three day IT course. It was an opportunity of a life time for these students .This course called “MyMaker” is the effort of Digital Life Malaysia.

The course which was conducted by a team of dedicated and equally enthusiastic staff was a hit with the boys. Being excellent with their hands, they were able to fix drones in groups of four in under 20 minutes. These were small palm sized. They were shown the sample drone as a first step, and then taken through some input about fixing each. Next they were given a dismantled drone to fix.

Krishna Prasad, 16, joined MySkills only a month ago after his Form Three. He was thrilled about the drones. He said his group mates were able to fix the drone using Ellen keys after the explanation by the trainers and after reading the instructions. He realized how effective photography becomes with the use of a drone and also its many uses, like its role in movie making. They tested the drones once these were fixed. He also talked about being able to participate in competitions.

For his friend Shankar Raj 16, his exposure to drones was only through the television. So it was something new for him, and something certainly which would not have come his way if he was still in school. It was a sentiment shared by Krishna too. Another one of the participants, 14 year old Aaron who joined MySkills  a week prior to the course, expressed that he learned a lot. He said that the drone was “like a helicopter with four fans”. He could understand the explanation about the operations of a drone and the mechanics of fixing it.

All three students, including the rest of the group enjoyed immensely what they went through. They were excited too about the robotics programme. Like the drone experience, they were shown a small robot of about a foot in height. Again they were they challenged to put together the dismantled parts. They addressed this in their small groups of four based on a manual they were given. After physically fixing the robot, they then plugged the robot to the laptop and manipulated its movements.

Rama who was there to help with the coordination and language, said he saw talent in another area among the boys apart from what they were exposed to through Primus. Rama also observed that the boys were very fast with putting together the drones and robots, but took a little more time with theory. After some repeated explanation by the very caring team from My Maker, the students grasped the theory and could then put to practice.

Our boys had impressed Mr John Tay who is Head of Department of Digital Lifestyle and society that he has said he will invite whoever is interested in the group for an upcoming competition in April among other college students. The drones, robotics and 3 D printing experience have certainly made a difference. Aaron, who was initially afraid of what was before him in terms of the course when he was selected, says it is a great opportunity for him as well as his friends. They all express their gratitude to Mr  John Tay, Mr Kathir, Mr Azam & Mr Rama for their learning experience and for being very well looked after in the three days , including food. Mr Pathi and Mr Deva were present on the last day to explore the future collaborations with MCMC’S initiatives and then personally for the exposure given.

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UNSTOPPABLE by MIRACLE ON WHEELS

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After a successful 12 days tour in Malaysia during November 2017 the MIRACLE ON WHEELS(Differently Abled dancers from India) is making a return for a second tour to Malaysia,sometime in August 2018.

Similar to first tour Myskills Foundation plans to organise for second tour to raise fund to to build its Youth Transformation and skills Campus at Kalumpang, Hulu Selangor.

For each venue we plan to have two shows consecutively running for two days. . First day of show we will showcase variety of performances ranging from Bollywood on wheels,  Durga on Wheels,  Barathanatyam on Wheels and many more.

The Second day would be a dedicated special performance comprising 30 minutes of Ramayana on wheels and 30 minutes of Bhagavat Gita on wheels.

Both these shows are specially choreographed for the Malaysian audience and its one of a kind.

Look out in August for the return of Miracle on Wheels with their  “Unstoppable” Theme.

Dont Miss It.

For further information

Contact

Mr Pathi 0122245514

Mr Deva 0123465212

Ms Siva. 0102732981

www. myskills.org.my

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Community Work by Our Students

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MySkills has been committed to community work as part of a social contribution as well as a transformative programme. As part of this on-going programme, groups of students from the Port Klang Centre have been making their way to institutions around the vicinity of Port Klang to lend a hand. These include institutions which provide shelter and care to the elderly, specially- abled children and orphanages.

On the 4th of February, 30 students carried out some needed electrical repair work, thus using their technical skills to a good cause at the Sai Annai Ilam at Sentosa, Klang. They also carried engaged with the children in games. Sharing another skill that they have learned and which they happily shared with the children was through painting and colouring.

Almost a week later, on the 10th, 45 students went to the Centre for children with special needs, i.e. Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat at Pandaram, near Bomba. Besides cheerly and efficiently cleaninf the drains and compound, the students engaged with the children in games. They also communicated with both children and adults in ways they could.

Another group of 41 students were with the elderly at Persatuan Warga Emas in Sentosa, Klang on the same day, i.e. 10th February. Listening to the sad stories of the ‘aunties’, was very touching for the students. It made them emphatise the elderly.

On 17th February, 30 students were back in Sai Annai Illam again. This time, they fixed a fan, did some general washing, cleaning up a small room. And then it was time for a round of football which both groups thoroughly enjoyed.

Engaging with children and the elderly and contributing actively leaves an impact on the students and the residents alike. For the students, they learn to be sensitive to others while fro the residents, they are happy to receive visitors who engage with them. For MySkills, this engagement has been consistent for a number of years.

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