Thursday September 13, 2012
Theme parks’ opening will create job openings for students to work part-time in Johor
By ZAZALI MUSA
JOHOR BARU: The opening of two theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia this year will give opportunities for undergraduates to work as part-timers.
The theme parks are Legoland Theme Park Malaysia @ Medini, Nusajaya which will open on Saturday, and Indoor Theme Park @ Puteri Harbour in November.
The theme parks will be a good training ground especially for those pursuing tourism and hospitality courses to practice what they learned in classes.
“Apart from permanent staff, most theme parks the world over also hire part-timers in their operations,’’ said Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd (TAR) managing director and chief executive officer Tunku Datuk Ahmad Burhanuddin.
He said this at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Southern University College represented by its president Dr Thock Kiah Wah.
Under the MoU, TAR will employ students from the university college at its Indoor Theme Park as part-timers on an “as and when basis”.
Tunku Ahmad said the company had yet to decide on the number of students from the university college which it planned to hire, as the details were being finalised.
“They will work at the theme park during their semester breaks or on weekends to ensure that their studies are not interrupted,’’ he added.
Tunku Ahmad said prior to becoming part-timers, the students would undergo a three-day training to familiarise themselves on the related aspects in working at a theme park.
He believed the students would gain valuable experience working at the theme park and this could eventually lead them to being hired as permanent staff.
Tunku Ahmad said the company wants to be a leader in developing valuable human capital for the hospitality industry.
TAR, set-up in June 2009 is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, to develop and operate theme attractions and resorts to enhance the leisure and tourism industry in Malaysia.