Fatimah (centre) witnessing the exchange of documents between Noriah (second from left) and a training provider representative.

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Women and Family Department is introducing e-commerce and ICT courses to empower women entrepreneurs to take advantage of the digital economy.

State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah added there will be two programmes offered, namely Women in Digital Entrepreneurship and Information and Communication Technologies for Single Mothers.

The courses will be open to selected alumni of the Wisma Wanita Training Centre (WWTC).

Fatimah said participants will be taught how to market their products and services digitally to reach a wider market and create a comprehensive business plan.

“2018 is the year to empower women, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling Budget 2018.

“This is why we are putting more efforts to help women in need by offering various skills programme at WWTC," Fatimah said at a signing ceremony with the training providers.

She added that the digital-based training programme will complement existing courses at WWTC as well as the outreach programme carried out by the department statewide.

The training centre, set up in October 2014, has benefited 12,296 participants in various courses such as cooking, tailoring, beauty and grooming, as well as massage and spa treatment.

The outreach programme has reached over 5,000 participants across the state.

“WWTC has set a target for participants to start their own businesses upon completion of the programme," said Fatimah.

Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad signed the agreement with three companies, SG Akademi Sarawak, Zurainas Skills Training Centre and Teratak Kayangan, to provide training for two years.

SG Akademi will offer cooking courses while Zurainas will handle programmes such as spa therapy, aesthetic service, make up and hair styling.

Teratak Kayangan specialises in beautician, aesthetic and spa therapist programmes.

All three are certified National Dual Training System centres and recognised by the Skills Development.

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