11 july 2017,Wednesday , at 9.00 pm .Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd donated industrial kitchen electrical equipment to Masin Secondary School.
On hand to receive the donation was Principal of Masin Secondary School, Mr Ivan Moore.
The donations were presented by Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid bin Haji Arshad @Haji Sabli, Director of Sabli Group of Companies and member of Legislative Council.
Also present were Officers from Department of Schools, Members of Masin Secondary School Management Team and Homeroom Teachers of Pre-Vocational Programme.
Director of Sabli Group of Companies and member of Legislative Council Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid bin Haji Arshad @Haji Sabli explained that the donation is part of his company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to support Pre-Vocational Programme and empower individuals with special needs. He hopes that with the donated equipment, the students and Homeroom Teachers can produce baked goods for sale. This will help students to develop entrepreneurship and learn basic work skills. In May 2017, four selected Pre-Vocational Programme students, two Homeroom Teachers and one Relief Teacher from Masin Secondary School completed their 12-week training at Sabli Pastry Shop located in Kampong Limau Manis. Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid expressed interest by offering students and teachers the opportunity to participate in short term work experiences and undergoing long term job attachment in the company as part of its corporate social responsibility. To allow Pre-Vocational Programme students to learn basic work skills, Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd are currently collaborating with selected four government secondary schools in providing opportunities for Pre-Vocational Programme students to pack spices in schools since 2015. The first school to collaborate with the company was Sayyidina Abu Bakar Secondary School (October 2015), followed by Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien College (August 2016), Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School (November 2016) and Katok Secondary School (April 2017). Currently, three Pre-Vocational Programme students from Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School are undergoing job placement at Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd located at Lambak Kanan Industrial Estate while four Pre-Vocational Programme students from Masin Secondary School are undergoing job placement at Sabli Pastry Shop located at Light Industrial Complex, Kampong Limau Manis.
Principal of Masin Secondary School Mr Ivan Moore expressed his gratitude on behalf of the school to Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd for its donation in supporting Pre-Vocational Programme. He also expressed his gratitude to Academic Unit, Department of Schools for supporting his school through collaboration between Sabli Pastry Shop and Masin Secondary School allowing selected Pre-Vocational Programme students, Homeroom Teachers and a Relief Teacher to undergo short training on baking biscuits, cakes and pastries under Work Skills Exposure Project recently and arranging work placement for his Pre-Vocational Programme students. The short training at Sabli Pastry Shop was organised under the Work Skills Exposure Project initiated by the Academic Unit, Department of Schools in collaboration with Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd. This project also allows local company to partner with a school in providing Pre-Vocational Programme students the opportunity to learn basic work skills in schools such as packaging or undergo short training at the company. This is followed by students undergoing job placement in Year 10 and Year 11 to gain more experience and learn other work skills at the partnered company.
Pre-Vocational Programme is a programme introduced by Ministry of Education to meet the needs of students with special needs since 1999. To date, there are 28 selected government secondary schools and colleges implementing this programme. The programme is a five-year programme whereby in Year 10 and Year 11, students will undergo job placement for three months and six months respectively. The students will work from 8:00am till 12:00pm during school terms.
The programme aims to develop the students to become successful, self-reliant, caring and resourceful adults who are able to make informed choices, thus empowering them to make positive contributions to society. In the programme, the students learn Functional Malay, Functional English, Functional Mathematics, Life Skills, Agriculture Science, Basic Computing, MIB, Islamic Religious Knowledge, Physical Education, Home Science, Art and Craft and Woodwork.