English language training in rural Malaysia
City & Guilds develop an English language programme in line with international standards.
29 September 2012
The Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) is a Malaysian government agency handling the resettlement of the rural poor into newly developed areas. And now, children of FELDA settlers who are fresh out of secondary education can receive English language training thanks to a memorandum of understanding between City & Guilds and Yayassan Felda - a charitable foundation funded by the annual profits of Felda Holdings and FELDA.
According to the memorandum, City & Guilds will help develop and certify a quality English language programme in line with international standards. The English for Young Learners qualification provides the important first steps along the path of English language development, seen as key to education success and better career prospects.
‘We feel that City & Guilds’ English for Young Learners will help cultivate a positive attitude towards mastering the language,’ said FELDA chairperson Tan Sri Isa Samad.
The move paves the way for further training and possibly other qualifications - including engineering and hospitality and catering - to support Malaysia’s growing economy.
‘City & Guilds is delighted to be involved in the excellent work Yayassan Felda is delivering, and to extend our engagement in Malaysia,’ says Ralph Adams, Regional Manager in the Asia Pacific region.
‘This is a significant opportunity for both organisations and is a sign of the Malaysian Government’s dedication to furthering vocational education in the country. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Yayassan Felda in the future.’