100 STU­DENTS GRAD­U­ATE FROM TUN­NELLING TRAIN­ING ACAD­EMY

They will work on un­der­ground por­tion of Mass Rapid Tran­sit Line 2

New Straits Times - - News -

BEATRICE NITA JAY AND SOO WERN JUN SHAH ALAM news@nst.com.my

ONE hun­dred stu­dents from MMC-Ga­muda’s Tun­nelling Train­ing Acad­emy (TTA) were pre­sented with their grad­u­a­tion scrolls and em­ploy­ment letters to work on the un­der­ground por­tion of Mass Rapid Tran­sit (MRT) Line 2 (Sun­gai Bu­loh-Ser­dan­gPu­tra­jaya) here yes­ter­day.

As part of the ef­forts to en­cour­age a sus­tain­able lo­cal work­force, these stu­dents were trained and sub­se­quently of­fered jobs with MRT projects.

Stu­dents who joined the TTA were stream­lined ac­cord­ing to their ma­jors and un­der­went a se­ries of train­ing for three to four months.

Na­jib Mohd Boina, 23, one of the grad­u­ates was short­listed to be part of the train­ing pro­gramme un­der MMC-Ga­muda.

“Ear­lier, my par­ents were not sat­is­fied with the choice I made as they were wor­ried about my safety. I’m thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and am con­fi­dent that I can prove to them that I have cho­sen the right ca­reer path.”

The San­dakan youth said he would have stayed back home to run a small busi­ness if he was not of­fered the pro­gramme.

Syed Muham­mad Ikram, 21, said as­pir­ing trainees must be phys­i­cally and men­tally strong. “The train­ing was dan­ger­ous. “But my friends and I did not give up as we have a great in­ter­est in the in­dus­try,” said Ikram, a for­mer Kuan­tan Com­mu­nity Col­lege student.

Fel­low trainee, Ah­mad Am­rul Am­sary Mo­ham­mad, 21, said he looked for­ward to work­ing on the un­der­ground por­tion of MRT Line 2.

“Now that we have re­ceived our em­ploy­ment let­ter, I am ex­cited to start work­ing. We learnt a lot dur­ing our train­ing, and although we had prac­ti­cal train­ing at MRT sites in Jalan Chocrane and Jalan Ti­ti­wangsa, I can’t wait for the real deal.”

Am­rul said though many of his friends were still job­less, he had al­ready se­cured a job which meant that he would be able to sup­port his family fi­nan­cially.

As the world’s first acad­emy to pro­vide train­ing in tun­nel-re­lated work us­ing tun­nel-bor­ing ma­chine tech­nol­ogy, TTA pro­vides op­por­tu­nity for youth to be trained in es­sen­tial skills for un­der­ground and tun­nelling works.

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PIC BY IN­TAN NUR ELLIANA ZAKARIA

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan pos­ing with grad­u­ates dur­ing the MMC-Ga­muda’s Tun­nelling Train­ing Acad­emy grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

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