Microsoft to power vocational institutes under Ministry of Youth and Sports
Institut Latihan dan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (ILKBS) will be the first vocational school in Malaysia to implement Microsoft’s curriculum – Microsoft Imagine Academy, an online learning system and curriculum that teaches how to efficiently use a variety of Microsoft products, as well as other commonly used productivity tools.
This 3-year initiative was announced during a ceremony at Microsoft Malaysia’s office, that was hosted by Managing Director K. Raman and keynoted by Minister of the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS), Khairy Jamaludin.
The Minister had shared, “Since the launching of TN50 by our Prime Minister last January, we have engaged with more than 1.7 million youths and gathered well over 60,000 unique aspirations.”
He added that KBS has collaborated with various corporations, to turn some of those aspiration into reality. For example, working with Celcom to improve cybersecurity and online safety, as well as with Sime Darby Property in hopes of building a futuristic township.
“Today with Microsoft Malaysia, I believe we are building Malaysia’s workforce of the future and I am proud to say that this is our programme; this is a KBS TN50 initiative.”
The first phase of the programme will see Microsoft technology and learning tools being introduced to mechanical manufacturing students at eight KBS training institutes around Malaysia. The second phase to begin in July, involves distance learning via online communications technologies like video conferencing and Skype, and also using 3D tools.
At the same time, machinery at 3 KBS schools will be retrofitted to be able to interface with the latest technologies. A pilot proof-of-concept at a Sepang-located KBS training institute would be run first, before live implementations are deployed at other KBS institutes.
Khairy explained, “Funds (to do this) have been earmarked, and these machines are expected to complete being retrofitted by 2019.”
He continued that this would be followed by layering Microsoft solutions on top; to enable simulation of a smart factory, complete with smart machine control, smart monitoring and real-time analytics.
This initiative is expected to benefit over 10,000 students over the next three years.
K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia said, “We commend the Ministry of Youth and Sports for taking the initiative in the field of education, preparing our youth for the challenges of Industry 4.0.