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Vocational College Graduates Have Opportunity To Pursue Tertiary Education – MOE

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

LABUAN, Sept 29 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Education (MOE) has assured vocational college graduates that they will have the opportunity to pursue tertiary education in institutes of higher learning (IPTs) nationwide.

Its deputy minister, Datuk P. Kalamanathan urged students with diploma from their respective colleges to sit for the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) with working experience or at least score Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.67 and credit in Bahasa Melayu in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

“Parents of children studying at vocational colleges must not worry that their children will be left behind in the admission to IPTs, there is no issue about this,”he told a press conference after attending An Evening with Labuan Teachers at Labuan Matriculation College, here today.

The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) had issued statement early this year that vocational college graduates who received Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) can pursue their education at IPTs immediately subject to passing the equivalent of SPM-Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SPM-SVM) set by the Malaysia Examination Board and others set by the MOE and Ministry of Higher Education.

MQA said vocational college graduates still have the opportunity to pursue higher studies even though they began working early as the APEL certificate issued is a replacement for SPM and recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education.


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TVET to meet industry needs

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Azhar (foreground, third from left) speaking to MJII Robotic and Automation Year Two student Amirah Zalifah Ab Rahman (right) after the launch. With him are Mara Council members Datuk Ariss Samsudin and Datuk Johan Abd Aziz (left and second left).

Azhar (foreground, third from left) speaking to MJII Robotic and Automation Year Two student Amirah Zalifah Ab Rahman (right) after the launch. With him are Mara Council members Datuk Ariss Samsudin and Datuk Johan Abd Aziz (left and second left).

MORE educationists and institutions are realising the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

One of them is Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), which believes that through TVET, the Government’s National Transformation 2050 (TN50) initiative can be achieved.

It is confident that the the economic and technological development of the country can be realised with TVET.

In its effort to achieve this, Mara recently launched an Industrial Centre of Excellence (ICoE) in the field of Electronic Engineering at the Mara-Japan Industrial Institute (MJII) in Beranang, Selangor.

Mara director-general Azhar Abdul Manaf congratulated MJII for their effort. “MJII has earned international recognition as a ‘MikroTik Academy’.

“The institution has also become a ‘LabVIEW Academy’ collaborator with Mara and National Instruments, which focuses on graphic software programming, testing and measurement instrumentation.

“By establishing these academies, students will be prepared with a curriculum that is aligned to industry needs, besides obtaining international recognition as an added value to their engineering diploma,” he said at Mara’s Industry and Institution Engagement 2017 programme.

The certification is also open to students from other higher learning institutions, as well as those in the workforce who wish to enhance their curriculum vitae.

Azhar said the additional certificate students receive will be able to accommodate the market demand for skilled manpower.

Mara also has ICoE’s located in other centres which focuses on specific areas such as Plant Design and Modelling Excellent Centre in Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara (KKTM), Kemaman, Terengganu, Additive Manufacturing Research and Innovation Centre in KKTM Kuantan, Pahang and International Welding Inspection & Certification Centre in Institut Kemahiran Mara in Jasin, Melaka among others.

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Vocational training to keep students out of trouble.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry wants to use a vocational pilot programme to keep students with disciplinary problems out of trouble, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

He said the Upper Secondary School Industry Apprenticeship (Pima) programme, introduced at a national school in January, was producing positive results.

The programme, which the mi­­nis­­try plans to roll out in all secondary schools next year, was to dis­­courage students from skipping classes or dropping out entirely, he said.

Under Pima, students who are not academically inclined will have a chance to acquire vocational skills and industrial training during school hours, Chong said at a press conference yesterday.

Feedback from the school which conducted the pilot project showed that students’ attendance rate was high, he said.

Pima, which involves Form Four and Five students, is an extension of the National Dual Training System, which was introduced by the ministry in 2012.

These students will spend 70% of their time on industrial training and 30% on academic studies.

At the end of the programme, they will be given either a Sijil Pela­jaran Malaysia or Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia certificate.

Companies participating in Pima should be located near the school to provide training to students while prioritising their safety.

On last week’s death of 18-year-old T. Nhaveen, who was targeted by bullies, Chong said records showed that the boy had never lodged any official complaint about his attackers, known to be his former schoolmates.

He said it was important for detailed reports to be lodged, adding that teachers, students and victims should make official complaints about bullying.

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Robotics for Malaysian students

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Students at a pilot robotics workshop .

A robotic programme tailored to provide secondary school students basic designing, coding and sensor training in robotic development has been introduced recently Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) together with Petrosains, The Discovery Centre (Petrosains).

Open to students from schools surrounding the Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M) across the nation, the workshop is aimed at diversifying the role of the PI1M centres to be a creative learning platform for the communities

Digi’s chief corporate affairs officer, Eugene Teh said: “Together with Petrosains we are able to come up with a basic robotic programme with a hands-on approach that we hope will engage the students and create interest to get involved in engineering, science and technology

A pilot workshop was held end of last year at the PI1M in Semambu, Kuantan involving 18 Form Four students from three schools. The four-day workshop, which was divided into two sessions, saw the students designing, assembling and programming their own robots under the guidance of trainers who are experts in the robotic field.

“Through the pilot workshop, we have seen how these students with almost no experience or background in robotics successfully tackled a project that requires a multi-skill approach. Not only do they need to be involved in many technical related decision making but they also have to learn how to work as a team, to think critically as well as to manage their problem solving skills.

“We believe this programme will help to instill engineering skills, computer programming, innovation and creativity among these students, just like the way we envision the role of PI1M as a centre for knowledge learning,” Teh added.

Under this collaboration, Digi will be providing the training facilities in terms of space and workstations at the PI1M centres, while Petrosains will be contributing the robotics training programme, modules as well as trainers.

Chief executive officer of Petrosains, Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim, said: “This partnership with Digi has seen us customising a holistic robotics programme that encompasses modules covering basic, intermediate as well as expert levels, with a focus towards building knowledge on assembling robotic parts, coding programming and proximity sensors for schoolchildren.

“Our open-source robotics programme differs from others as it is made affordable with the sharing of robotic development tools in an open-source environment at the PI1M centres.”

“We truly welcome and fully support this opportunity by Digi to work together in delivering educational development programme for the younger generation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specifically in the field of robotics and coding in Malaysia.

“As the corporate social responsibility arm of Petronas in the pillar of education, programmes such as this in the PI1M centres is organised by Petrosains to spark and sustain interest in science amongst students in the hope of inspiring them to take up career paths in science related fields including in the high-engineering, technological field of robotics.

“In the near future, literacy in robotics and coding will become an important requirement in our lives and critical for the progress of mankind. We hope that this partnership will continue in the long run as this will support the Government’s efforts to develop human capital through an integrated education system which involves the support from different and varied corporate parties,” adds Tengku Nasariah.

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Unemployed Graduates Urged To Take Up TVET Courses

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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Prof Tan Sri Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar (Bernama file pix)

LUMPUR, April 13 (Bernama) — There are vast employment opportunities which offer lucrative salaries for graduates in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), said former Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) vice-chancellor chairman Prof Tan Sri Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar.

He said there was high demand for TVET graduates from industries.

“There are numerous job opportunities waiting and the salaries are also quite lucrative because skills-based workforce is needed by the country which is heading towards becoming a developed nation,” he told Bernama recently.

He said he was disappointed that some parents looked down on the benefits offered at TVET institutions and were more obsessed with getting their children into academic courses in universities.

“These parents feel that it would shame the family if their children go to TVET institutions, which they think are of lower standard than universities, despite these (TVET) institutions offering skilled training which are needed by companies,” he added.

As such, Sahol Hamid, who is chairman of Destini Anak Bangsa Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) school leavers should be encouraged to opt for TVET programmes and courses.

He also urged unemployed graduates to go for TVET courses to improve their chances of getting a job.

He said it had been proven that TVET graduates were more marketable as 98 per cent of TVET graduates were able to secure jobs upon graduation, compared with only 60 per cent among university graduates.

by Amiril Muttaqien Meketar.

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Quality vocational and technical skills training put M’sia high up on talent competitiveness ranking

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia made it into the top 30 rankings of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2017. At the 28th position, it edged out many high-income countries such as South Korea (29th), Portugal (31st), Spain (35th), and Italy (40th).

Paul Evans, who is co-editor of the report, announced this today during GTCI’s regional launch at graduate business school INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore.

Evans remarked that Malaysia’s great strength is the quality of its vocational and technical skills, which is backed up by it educational systems and particularly the effective way in which companies develop those skills.

“It is a leader here in Asia. One sees this with strong employability indicators.

“For example the educational system is viewed by business leaders as highly relevant to the needs of the economy, and companies can easily find employees with the skills they need,” he said, in response to queries by the NST Business Times.

The skill gap today is much smaller than for example in Singapore or particularly China and South Korea, where companies experienced more difficulty in finding the skilled employees that they need.

Evans, who is the Shell Chair Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Emeritus, at INSEAD added:

“Malaysia performs particularly well in the pillars of the enabling context and vocational and technical skills. It also does well on external openness as it has been able to attract talent from overseas.

“In addition, in terms of talent readiness for technology, Malaysia ranks higher than South Korea even though the IT infrastructure of the latter is much superior.”

Malaysia, he added, can boost its rankings if it further improves in internal openness in terms of tolerance of minorities.

As for Singapore, it retained its top spot in Asia Pacific for the fourth consecutive year in the GTCI 2017.


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Sarawak Sets Up STEM Education Laboratories In Six Schools – CM

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

KUCHING, April 6 (Bernama) — The state government in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak has set up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education laboratories in three primary and three secondary schools at a cost of RM750,000.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the pilot project had so far shown very encouraging results and it had been proposed for more schools across the state next year.

“We want to give every opportunity to our students to acquaint themselves with science and technology, besides jobs related to science and technology like engineering and accounting.

“We are giving big emphasis on these four areas to develop the right human capital to face the new era where technology is very important.”

Abang Johari said this to the media after declaring open the upgraded hall of SK Rakyat Haji Bolhassan and its STEM education laboratory, here, today.

“With this approach and exposure, they will be technologically well versed to play their part in the increasingly digital world of today.

“We have also emphasised on the teaching of English which is the language of science and technology where we put in extra classes for the subject above the normal national curriculum,” he said.

Abang Johari said Sarawak could not wholly depend on the federal government, especially in educational and digital economy matters.

“That is why we have invested in setting up branch campuses of Swineburne University and Curtin University, as well as University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) besides other technical institutions.”

The chief minister said the state government had allocated RM1 million for TVET (Technical, Vocational, Education and Training) this year.


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PIMA To Be Expanded To All Daily Secondary Schools In 2018

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 25 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry will expand the Upper Secondary Industry Apprenticeship Programme (PIMA) with the industry to all daily secondary schools starting 2018.

Under PIMA, upper secondary students, involving only fourth and fifth formers, will spend 70 per cent of their learning time in the industry, and only 30 per cent in class.

Deputy Education director-general (Education Operation Sector) Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab said as a pilot project, the programme would be implemented at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Bukit Rahman Putra beginning March this year, before it was expanded to 2,408 daily secondary schools nationwide.

“We also target 10 per cent of the 2,408 daily secondary schools nationwide will offer the PIMA to their upper secondary students by end of this year,” he said during a briefing session on the expansion of PIMA in his office here today.

PIMA, which aims at equipping the students with vocational skills in line with the demands of the industry, will focus on students involved in the Special Integration Education Programme (PPKI) who now numbered 26,099.

Ahmad Tajuddin said as of October last year, 779 schools participated in the PPKI involving students with learning problems, as well as those with visual and hearing disabilities.


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Govt Declares 2017 As TVET Year – Riot

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

SHAH ALAM, Jan 26 (Bernama) — The government has declared 2017 as technical and vocational education and training (TVET) year in an effort to achieve a high-income developed nation by 2020, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Anak Jaem.

He said the initiative was also in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 2017 Budget speech that TVET capacities would be enhanced under the budget.

“Although the issue was not officially announced before this, if we look at Najib’s speech in the 2017 Budget, the word, TVET was emphasised.

“This means that with the emphasis, the word TVET will directly and indirectly become pivotal for the government’s efforts to produce more skilled human capital,” he added.

Riot said this at a press conference after handing over accreditation to Proton Holdings Bhd as a one-stop centre for the National Dual Training System (SLDN) programme at the Proton Excellence Centre here today.

In the 2017 Budget speech, Najib had said TVET education capacity would be enhanced with an allocation of RM4.6 billion to TVET institutions.

Riot said to achieve a high income developed nation, highly skilled workforce was needed and so far, only 28 per cent of the Malaysian workforce were skilled workers.

“On its part, the government targets to achieve at least 35 per cent by 2020,” he said.

On another note, the minister said the National Economic Council had approved the proposed Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) to assist retrenched workers, and a paper to that effect was expected to be tabled in Parliament by January next year.

Riot was reported to have said that the scheme, which required workers and employers to contribute as practised in the Social Security Organisation (Socso), was important to ensure retrenched workers were able to last at least four months before getting a new job.


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Vocational, skills training courses guarantee chances of employment

Friday, December 16th, 2016

KOTA KINABALU: It was an unforgettable moment for 54 graduates celebrating the culmination of their hard work and look towards the future at the Ascot Academy Graduation ceremony yesterday.

“It is with great pride and joy, we celebrate the accomplishments of graduates who will soon start a new chapter in their careers with the hotel and hospitality industry in the state as well as Peninsular Malaysia,” said Dato’ Abdul Halim Muhamad Salleh, Chief Executive of the Malaysian Skills Development Fund (PTPK).

In his keynote address at the ceremony, Abdul Halim underlined Ascot Academy is a recognised skills training institute for culinary arts and hospitality, noting the new batch of graduates completing their studies this year possessed a high employability of 87 per cent and guaranteed of jobs in the industry.

“Skills training are no longer a second choice, even high achievers are joining skills training courses to fulfil requirements for the industry and provides wider job markets which ultimately lead to better income and invaluable job experience,” he said.

Abdul Halim also urged parents to support their children to venture into vocational and skills training courses upon completion of their studies which offers better job opportunities and help reduce unemployment.

Being a government agency under the Human Resources Ministry, Abdul Halim said the Federal Government has pledged RM 360 million for the PTPK in supporting the development of skills training institutions to produce highly qualified, proficient and competitive graduates to meet growing demand for skills and semi-skilled labours.

Meanwhile, beaming graduates dressed in mortarboards and gowns stepped forward to receive their certification for Malaysian Skills Certificate for Food Preparation Level 2 & 3 and Hospitality Operations Level 3 presented by Abdul Halim, in the presence of proud families, friends and lecturers at the graduation ceremony which took place at the Klagan Hotel yesterday.

Most of the graduates already secured jobs with Ascot Academy’s industry partners in the state and peninsula, which include Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Hotel Boulevard St. Giles, Holiday Inn Melaka, Avani Goldcoast Sepang and Lexis Port Dickson, as well as chain restaurants like Din Tai Fun Restaurant, Backyard Cade and Surian Café 1Borneo, among others.


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