SUNGAI SIPUT: The National Handicraft Institute is offering free training programmes to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia school leavers interested in pursuing a career in the creative field.

The institute will be offering diploma and certificate programmes related to skills such as textile weaving, wood carving, batik design and ceramics.

Its deputy director (operations) Ramli Mohd Nor said the institute wanted to attract more youths to get involved in the handicraft sector.

"These days, we see that not many teenagers are interested in handicraft due to the lack of exposure.

"We want to create an awareness among youth that the handicraft industry is profitable and with determination and dedication, one can succeed in this business."

He also said that by offering such programmes, the institute was providing an opportunity for students who did not perform too well academically to master arts and craft.

"We even give allowances and accommodation for these students," he said during his visit to Nurul Ihsan orphanage home here on Thursday.

The institute donated RM1,451 in cash and clothes to the orphanage.
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