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Ascot Academy graduates secure jobs pre-graduation

2nd March, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Employability is one of the most crucial elements students have to consider when choosing a course to pursue after finishing high school.

In fact, it has almost become a pre-requisite especially in the current highly competitive job market – where jobs are aplenty but with top companies scrambling to ‘snap up’ only the best and most qualified graduates from the thousands that poured out of the tertiary institutions each year.

In line with that, 23-year-old Arif Dhiyauddin Mala is glad with the decision he made to further his studies at Ascot Academy paid up when he was offered a job before even graduation.

Hailed from Paitan, Beluran, Arif enrolled in Ascot Academy’s City and Guilds Skills Proficiency Certificate in Food and Beverage Service programme last year.

Met by reporters after his graduation ceremony yesterday, Arif expressed his gratefulness for being able to get a job right after his graduation.

“Two weeks from now I will be flying to Kuala Lumpur. I would like to thank the academy for helping me in getting a job as a banquet officer at ALOFT KL Sentral.

“They (Aloft KL Sentral) interviewed us recently and I am one of those chosen among many candidates. They promised to pay RM2,010 as my starting salary.”

With all smiles, Arif stressed his salary will lessen his family’s burden. “I finished my secondary study at SMK Simpangan Paitan. Due to our financial constraints, I could not continue my studies. I worked at Boston Palm Oil earning about RM900 a month.

“After working for few years, I’ve heard about this academy from my relatives.

“I notice that they offer an F&B and hotel course…. I fill in the form and received an offer from Ascot Academy. My brother took up my position while I focused in my studies.”

Arif is the eldest of three with the youngest being 13 while her mom is a cleaner and his father is self-employed. He was accompanied by his mom, Aninah Lipaton, 59, at the graduation.

Asked about how he prepared to work thousand miles away from home, Arif replied: “I am always ready to work there.”

During the graduation, 25 students received the academy’s City and Guilds Skills Proficiency Certificate in Food and Beverage Service programme and certificates from the Youth and Sports Ministry, represented by its Chief Assistant Secretary (Sports), Mat Jaidin Mohd Yassin.

The event was held at Klagan Regency Hotel 1Borneo here yesterday.

The students, aged 18 to 24, from low income families all over Sabah, graduated after three months of training with Ascot Academy, including two months of theory and practical learning and one month of industrial training.

The programme, fully sponsored by the State Youth and Sports Ministry, awarded its graduates with the City & Guilds certification, the biggest vocational certification organisation in the United Kingdom, offering almost 500 certification programmes in various industries including hospitality, tourism, engineering and construction.

The programme, of which Ascot has been recognised as a training centre for five years now, provided a platform for those from low income background to expand their learning and earn international certification, giving them better chances of landing jobs upon graduating.

Earlier, the academy Deputy Chief (Hospitality) Johan Ramliee said that with City and Guilds certification, graduates earn themselves an international recognition and the opportunity to work overseas.

“Ascot Academy is also ever ready to assist graduates who wish to work in the country of their choice.” Apart from theory and practical learning, he added, their lesson module also included motivational talks and counselling sessions, all of which are vital to produce highly-skilled, multi-skilled and competitive graduates.

“To date, 92 per cent of those who participated in the programme have scored jobs at Aloft KL Sentral, Serai Group KL, Ming Garden Hotel & Residence KK and Ovise Hotel Kudat. The rest is waiting for their interviews.

He also reminded the graduates who will be working away from their families to fully utilise the opportunity to garner as much knowledge and experience, and to upgrade their skills.

Also present at the ceremony were UMS Investment Holding Sdn Bhd Group chief executive officer Ramlan Awang Ali and Ascot chief executive officer Abdul Razak Egoh.

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