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2 May 2016 (Monday) – the Institute of Quality Management (IPQ) launched the Quality Apprenticeship Programme (QAP). A number of 18 undergraduates from various Schools has been selected to undergo the first session of the programme for 4 semesters. Upon the completion of this programme, students will be awarded with certificate of Young Quality & Strategic Planning Manager.

The establishment of QAP is an idea by the Director of IPQ, Assoc. Prof Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah. In his opening speech, he said that QAP founding by IPQ was an initiative by members of IPQ to assist the University to prepare the selected students with skills which will later be an added value to their degree.

"IPQ is one of the Centre of Authorities responsible towards the University Quality Management and Strategic Planning will try our best to channel the knowledge especially in practical aspects to the students. Particularly, we will train the students to become auditors, ISO 9001: 2015 practitioners and 5S practitioners. At the same time, we will also train the students to be creative and innovative and prepare them to become a trained Strategic Plan and Action Plan developer” he said.

During the launching, the participants were briefed on QAP implementation by the Project Manager, Dr. Mohamad Faizal Ahmad Zaidi, which is also the Manager of Quality Excellence System, IPQ. “IPQ will definitely do our level best to support the students to gain the added values which will benefit them,” he said.

IPQ hopes the establishment of QAP will open a new chapter for IPQ especially in the agenda to assist the University in enhancing the graduates capabilities and sought-after by employers as they enter employment market, especially in the aspects of quality and strategic planning.