|Wednesday, 05 October 2011 17:19|
Asyraf Adam did not think twice about accepting an offer to take up vocational training in the automotive field. The 16-year-old, a school dropout, understood that second chances such as this would be few and far between in his lifetime. So, while his friends were busy in school burying their noses in books, Asyraf was rolling around in engine oil with a monkey wrench in hand, studying automotive parts.
He is among the 30 youths selected to enroll in the National Dual Training System programme at Tekat Auto Terminal Training, in collaboration with car manufacturer Nissan. Asyraf recognized the chance as a make-or-break opportunity. He is now one step closer to becoming a certified automotive technician.
Dropping Out of School
Asyraf, who hails from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, is the third of six siblings. Beginning in primary school, his family noticed his rebellious nature. They sent him to a religious school in the district in the hope that it would help with his behavioral problems. The move proved to be futile. Asyraf started smoking and being truant regularly. He eventually left school at age 14.
Kicked Out of School
Another student in the program shares a similar background with Asyraf. Mohd Khairul Azwan Hamzah, 16, from Baling, Kedah, was kicked out of school last year. The fourth of six siblings, Mohd Khairul said he was not at all sorry about leaving school.
A Second Chance for Many
TEKAT Auto Terminal Training Business Development Manager Mohammad Rizan Hassan said the centre’s focus is to help the students get a second chance at life.
1 Youth 1 Skill
Not many school dropouts are willing to come forward and enroll in such training courses, said Malaysian Youth Council President Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rapiee. He said there were some 200,000 school dropouts last year, but the percentage of them enrolled in skill training is very low.