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Sky’s the limit for Sarawak’s “Student Apprentices”

Students from SMK Subis with Syed Redzal, Country Lead, GE Oil & Gas and Azli Mohamed, Chief Operating Officer, of GE Malaysia completing their trip at the GE Malaysia office.

A private meeting and pep talk from AirAsia Group CEO, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was the highlight of a recent career development trip made by 20 Sarawak students to Kuala Lumpur.

Like contestants from the TV show, “The Apprentice Asia,” the SMK Subis students embraced the rare opportunity to chat with, and learn from one of Malaysia’s premier ‘captains of industry.’

In addition to this exclusive session, the students also visited AirAsia’s business, technical, and operational facilities, and met airline executives, during their three-day trip. As some students had never flown in a plane before, many especially enjoyed the Asian Aviation Center of Excellence and the flight simulator experience.

They also visited the General Electric (GE) Services Malaysia facility to get a first-hand look at the technology that drives GE’s gas turbines. This was followed by a meeting with some of GE Malaysia’s senior managers who shared more about their jobs, and career paths to-date.

“This is my first time flying on a plane. This trip has taught me a lot about what is out there. I hope to be a businessman one day and meeting Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has inspired me to be successful – just like him,” said Julius, whose parents are farmers in Batu Niah, near Miri.

The student visit was the brainchild of GE Malaysia COO, Azli Mohammed.

“During one of my business trips to Borneo, I was told that quite a few of the students in Sarawak had never visited the capital, and thus had limited exposure to today’s business world and career opportunities,” said Azli.

“This information sparked an idea in my head, and I was delighted that like-minded partners such as AirAsia, Teach for Malaysia, and others, partnered with GE to make this business education trip happen. I was also fortunate to meet the students – they told me they were inspired by the experience, and felt empowered to chase new opportunities in the future.”

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