The Perodua Youth Training Programme (PYTP), the car company’s longest running corporate responsibility programme, recently saw its 25th convocation with 17 graduates receiving the Malaysia Skill Certificate Grade II. With it, they are recognised as assistant mechanics by the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources.

“The PYTP is a Perodua annual corporate responsibility programme, which is under our ’empowering youth through education’ pillar,” said Perodua president and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. “We believe in sharing our success with Malaysia. We believe that knowledge and self-reliance are the best tools to empower our youths,” he added.

Over 500 youths have graduated from the PYTP since it started in 1999. Of the 500 graduates, 397 were subsequently employed by the Rawang-based carmaker.

The PYTP takes in SPM candidates who are more inclined towards vocational and technical learning as opposed to academic pursuits. Perodua provides lodging, food, transportation, basic medical facilities and a monthly allowance for the chosen students. This year’s PYTP included seven students under the National Higher Education Fund Corporation’s (PTPTN) Perbadanan Tabung Kemahiran (PTPK) scheme.