Developing Tawau’s tourism industry through skills courses
Published on: Monday, November 11, 2019
By: Lagatah Toyos
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TAWAU: Balung Assemblyman, Datuk Osman Jamal, has suggested that Tawau be given priority in organising skills courses in line with the services industry, especially in relation to tourism. 

He said the district is not only attractive and unique in nature or in the variety of food of various races and religions found here. 

“We want at least 40 per cent of foreigners who land at the Tawau Airport before heading for Semporna, to stop by and visit our area. 

“Therefore, we hope entrepreneurs can improve their personal skills and product quality, such as traditional ethnic cakes, which are modernised to make them more attractive,” he said. 

Osman said this when officiating several skills courses ceremony at a hotel, here, Friday.

The five-day courses organised by the Human Resources Development Department included Makeup and Eyelash Extension Course, Cake Making and Decorating Course, and Bun Making Course. 

A total of 78 people took part in the courses. 

Also present was the Assistant Director of Skills Training Division, Celestina Aron, who represented the Director of Human Resources Development Department. 

Speaking on the programme, Osman believes that such skills courses can develop entrepreneurship among participants, while also addressing the issue of unemployment and poverty. 

He hoped the Department will conduct courses that include male participation as this time the participants are women, in addition to extending the duration of the course. 

He also urged that the skills courses organised are in line with the current job market demand as about 31,000 graduates are unemployed due to their education not meeting the current job requirements.



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