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Date : 28 April 2017
Source : Bernama
Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNS) s new programme, ‘Varsity Entrepreneurship Skills & Talents’ (VEST) 2017, aims to produce entrepreneurs among local university graduates.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said VEST 2017 is an entrepreneurship competitive programme involving 1,000 undergraduates from 20 tertiary institutions with 200 business ideas which could be developed.
“In a span of six months, the participants will be exposed to the latest techniques in sales, marketing, branding, effective communications, building a franchise network and financial planning to prepare them to become entrepreneurs.
“Besides developing entrepreneurial values among graduates through guidance, knowledge and skills, the programme also offers business opportunities and develops existing businesses more systematically, as well as provides opportunities in the market in various sectors,” he said at a press conference held after launching the VEST 2017 programme in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) here today.
Also present were the ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh, PNS Chairman Datuk Seri Syed Ali Al-Habshee and USIM deputy vice-chancellor (Student and Alumni Affairs) Prof. Datuk Dr. Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan
Commenting further, Hamzah said through the VEST 2017 programme, undergraduates could benefit from agencies under the ministry such as the Companies Commission of Malaysia, Bank Rakyat, the Cooperative Commission of Malaysia (SKM) and the Malaysian Intellect Property Corporation (MyIPO).
The VEST 2017 competition is open to all students in tertiary institutions aged between 18 and 25 years.