Allianz Malaysia helps 33 underserved youths pursue education
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Allianz Malaysia Berhad is providing 33 youths full-board scholarships to pursue an 18-month career and technical programme at the Science of Life Studies (SOLS) Academy of Innovation in Taman Sri Sinar, Kuala Lumpur.
The students, aged between 17 and 25 years old, come from underserved communities encompassing low-income groups and indigenous families. At the academy, they will be able to take up courses in areas such as Solar Energy, English language and IT skills. Allianz Malaysia will take care of their tuition fees as well as the cost for their room and board.
The initiative is part of the Company’s drive for social inclusion and extending opportunities to the underserved in Malaysia. Many graduates of the SOLS Academy of Innovation go on to become English Trainers, Solar Technicians, JPK accredited Computer Refurbishers and Programmers as well as community educators in their villages. In 2017, Allianz Malaysia funded the same programme for 50 students through a grant from the Allianz SE Social Innovation Fund 2017.
“After working closely with SOLS Academy of Innovation these past years, we have seen first-hand how they have changed so many lives. We knew we wanted to be part of that change by continuing to support this programme,” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good, Allianz Malaysia Berhad’s Corporate Responsibility arm.
“By continuing our support, we are able to ensure that the next batch of students will be able to have the access to this programme and to have the opportunity to pave a better path for their future,” added Siew Gek.
The 18-month programme started in March, during which the students undertake 12-months of classroom education, followed by a six-month job placement in relevant fields.
SOLS Academy of Innovation offers a total of 11 vocational and educational programmes. These programmes include Character Building, Project Management, Mathematics and Environmental Science.