Petaling Jaya, 17 April 2019 – In celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, Cycle & Carriage Bintang continues to play its role as a responsible corporate citizen by supporting Monfort Boys Town, a vocational training institution especially for underprivileged youth. As a firm believer of technical and vocational education, Cycle & Carriage Bintang donated computer equipment to Monfort to support its hands-on training programme. The computer equipment consists of 45 units of pre-loved computer equipment – desktops, central processing units and monitors, which will be used by the students in the Computer Maintenance vocational training programme.
The programme currently has 20 students in Year One through Year Two who are in the process of obtaining their Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 certificate (Malaysian Skills Certificate – Level 3). Upon completing the Level 3 certificate, the students can then pursue Level 4 (Diploma) with any SKM accredited centre or private college.
“Cycle & Carriage has weaved a special bond with the people of Malaysia over the past 120 years. A crucial part of this bond is built by participating in the growth areas in society. MBT is one such organisation that has captured our attention and admiration for their passion in nurturing youth in Malaysia over the past 60 years. We believe education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and raising the quality of life. It is an honour to play a humble role in helping our young people hone their skills and have the chance to advance in their future careers and in life,” said Cycle & Carriage CEO, Wilfrid Foo.
“Every youth deserves the opportunity of a quality education and career regardless of their economic background or academic struggles. In that spirit, MBT is focused on giving our students the skills and character formation needed for a successful career path. Since MBT’s inception, a total of 7,000 young people have graduated and are highly sought after by employers. This is the benchmark of our success and we have our dedicated educators and team at MBT as well the support from society and organisations to thank for this. We are grateful for Cycle & Carriage’s generous contribution. The computer equipment complements classroom theories and enables hands-on training crucial to preparing our students for the real world,” said Arul S, Deputy Director.
Research based on the ‘Learning Pyramid’ founded by American Educator, Edgar Dale, states that learners can retain up to 75 per cent of information through hands-on practice compared to listening or reading. Commenting on the importance of hands-on training, Foo said, “Today, the job market greatly appreciates skilled talent with industry-ready experience. We hope the computer equipment will help the students transform their classroom knowledge into industry-ready skill sets including problem solving, innovation and organisation of processes.”
Additionally and in line with its support for technical and vocational education of youth, Cycle & Carriage also recently launched its inaugural Cycle & Carriage Study Grant in early April. This initiative is aimed at empowering young Malaysians from financially challenged backgrounds who are studying in vocational institutions. The company is accepting applications until the end of April.