The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah (four, left) watched closely at the model of the development of Taiping Advanced Technology Training Centre site here Tuesday
TAIPING, March 22 (Bernama) — The mastery of technical and vocational skills among the local workforce is a factor attracting foreign investors to the country, says Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.
He said graduates with technical and vocational education training (TVET) were an important workforce towards the success of the economic vision of the major industrialised nations like Japan, Germany, Taiwan and South Korea.
“TVET provides learning and training which are based hands-on compared to more theory-based learning,” he added during the launch of the Taiping Advanced Technology Training Centre here Tuesday.
The sultan said the country needed human resource trained in various fields to support economic growth, especially in pioneering new opportunities which were based on advanced technology.
“It is crucial that efforts to develop human resource are in line with energy needs so that it promotes economic activity which is more dynamic, modern, contemporary and productive.”
Elaborating on the importance of the TVET, Sultan Nazrin Shah said its curriculum must not be static but dynamic in tune with current technological changes.
He said it was important that teaching tools, including laboratories and workshops were constantly reviewed and updated, while the teaching force should undergo frequent training.
“The training spectrum must take into account that people have different talents, inclinations, interests and potential, as well as varying rates of acceptance, understanding and appreciation for content.
“The facilities at the training institutes must be used optimally. Part-time training during the night and weekends must be provided so that those who are employed can improve their skills,” added Sultan Nazrin Shah.
He also urged TVET training institutes to collaborate with the industry to close the gap between training programmes and actual workforce needs.
He said last year, of the 13.7 million Malaysians who were employed, 8.2 million were in the service sector while another 2.2 million were in manufacturing.