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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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TVET skills equip youth for jobs

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Students from a skills institute in Malacca carving intricate designs on fruits during the competition. – Bernama

Students from a skills institute in Malacca carving intricate designs on fruits during the competition. – BERNAMA

TECHNICAL and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes provide essential skills to prepare youth for the labour market and human capital for nation building.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that TVET was expected to address the economic, social and environmental demands by helping youth and adults develop the skills needed for employment and entrepreneurship.

He said the programmes would also promote economic growth, and support transitions to green economies and environmental sustainability.

“TVET has been regarded as the last option in education and career selection because of the public perception that the courses are for those who did not perform well academically.

“However, this perception is changing,” he said at the closing ceremony of the 11th Asean Skills Competition (ASC) 2016 in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also highlighted that more and more governments around the world were recognising the significance of technical and vocational courses to the national economy.

He said developed and industrialised countries have a higher number of students in the vocational and technical streams.

“Germany for example, has 81% skilled workforce of which, 63% are skilled craftsmen who graduated from a dual training system or vocational colleges. Only 18% graduated from universities,” he said.

Recognising the many socio-economic advantages of a highly-skilled workforce, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Malaysian government had implemented and continued to execute initiatives to meet its target of 35% highly-skilled workforce by 2020.

Through the 11th Malaysia Plan, he said Malaysia aspired to become an advanced and inclusive nation, and in realising this, Malaysia would require human capital with knowledge and skills, as well as good ethics and high integrity.

“Malaysia is presently focusing on the development of TVET programmes to ensure a highly-skilled workforce because by 2020, some 1.5 million jobs will be created and about 60%t require TVET skills,” he said.

On the competition, Dr Ahmad Zahid said it would convey the message to the world community that Asean youth were being trained to prepare themselves to meet the job requirements and contribute to build a better nation.

“I do believe that the competition will contribute to the development of skills standards in Asean and subsequently bring it closer to the level of world standards.

“At the same time, strengthen the coordination and cooperation among Asean member states in the field of skills development,” he noted.

Addressing the participants, Dr Ahmad Zahid said they should be proud of their achievements and skills attained, and continue to be passionate and persevere.

“Take pride in your skills and work, continue to learn and keep pace with the changing world.

“May this competition enhance your confidence, widen your views and provide you with invaluable lessons for your future endeavours,” he added.

Themed “Skills for A Brighter Future”, the competition featured 276 participants aged 25 and below from 10 Asean countries and contest in 25 skills at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Serdang from Sept 19 to 28.

Meanwhile Bernama reported that the Polytechnic Education Department had initiated its own Massive Open Online Courses known as the Malaysian Polytechnic MOOC (PoliMOOC) which provides courses suitable for TVET.

Speaking at the launch of the portal, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap said the PoliMOOC portal would introduce quality TVET studies internationally.

“I am confident that through PoliMOOC, the ministry’s objective of creating flexible education practices will be achieved,” she said.

She said the sharing of ideas and best practices related to TVET through online methods are required in today’s world.

She added that PoliMOOC would include 34 polytechnic institutions in Malaysia with each starting its own MOOC according to its niche.

At present, the portal can only be accessed by registered polytechnic students while other local and foreign students can only do so once the department provides that service.

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Polytechnic Education Dept Launches Malaysian Polytechnic MOOC

Friday, September 30th, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 27 (Bernama) — The Polytechnic Education Department today launched its own Massive Open Online Courses known as the Malaysian Polytechnic MOOC (PoliMOOC) which provides courses suitable for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Speaking at the launch of the portal, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching said the PoliMOOC portal could hopefully introduce quality TVET studies internationally.

“I am confident that through PoliMOOC, the ministry’s objective of creating flexible education practices will be achieved,” she said.

She said the sharing of ideas and best practices related to TVET through online methods such as this was required in today’s world.

She added that PoliMOOC would include 34 polytechnic institutions in Malaysia with each starting its own MOOC according to its niche.

At present, the portal can only be accessed by registered polytechnic students while other local and foreign students can only do so once the department provides that service.


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Need to change perception of Technical Vocational Education

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Kota Kinabalu: Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said there was a need to change the public’s perception of Technical Vocational Education (TVET) in the country.

“We need to let the public know that there is much more to technical vocational education than what people thought before.

“I was a technical school principal before and parents (then) used to have negative perceptions (about vocational schools) but not anymore. As Higher Education Minister Dato Sri Idris bin Jusoh used to say, it is also not considered a second class (education).

“We are definitely making quality TVET graduates with skills needed by the industry and now there is another programme namely the 2U2I programme where its two years at university and two years work based training in the industry.

“This is a win-win situation and it’s actually a model that is used in Germany where the industries are ready to take in these students to work for them when these students graduate.

“Kota Kinabalu Politeknik has already started this programme where its students study three years at the Politeknik and have one year of work based learning.

“For community colleges, the employability figures (after graduation) is something the Education Ministry can be proud of as almost every graduated student I spoke to have said they have obtained a job with a recorded 97.4 per cent employability rate for the colleges and over 80 per cent for Politeknik students.”

The implication is clear that students who graduate with skills are very much in demand and that the first TVET was impactful also.

Yap said this when met by reporters at the Kota Kinabalu Politeknik’s Rafflesia Hall on Tuesday.

She said last year there were 1372 interested (job) applicants at the TVET carnival and 141 persons were offered jobs immediately.

“I hope the figure will increase with this year being the second year of the carnival programme.”

She said the Malaysian Education Blueprint also focusses on Technical Vocational Education and it’s not only the ministry that is doing it but also other ministries such as the human resource ministry which is looking into skills training.

“TVET plays an important role in the development of the country and is the main platform to increase the number of skilled labour in the goal of making the country a developed nation.”

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Over 80 pc TVET graduates get jobs

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016


Mary stops by at an exhibition booth put up by TVET students.

KOTA KINABALU: More than 80 per cent of graduates of technical vocational education and training (TVET) have found employment after completing their course.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said this should disprove the public’s negative perception on TVET.

According to her, some parents regarded TVET as an inferior option of study but that perception no longer exists after many graduates have proven to be much needed by industries.

“Many graduates of TVET institutions have said that they can easily get jobs after graduating.

“More than 97 per cent of community college graduates and over 80 per cent of polytechnic graduates find employment after completing their studies.

“This shows the quality of TVET graduates meet the needs of industries at a time when seeking employment has become more challenging,” said Yap.

She was speaking to reporters after opening the (TVET) Career Carnival at the Rafflesia Hall of the Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic here, yesterday.

Yap said the government’s efforts to implement the programme Two Universities + Two Industries (2u2i), offer students the opportunity to study in college for two years and another two years spent in the real working world. “Through this programme, when students graduate, they will be better prepared to enter the working world and therefore easily get a place in the industry. This approach is also implemented in developed countries such as Germany,” she said.

She said it was an approach taken by the ministry to improve the quality of TVET graduates. Earlier, in her speech Yap said the increasingly competitive job market required graduates to constantly improve their marketability.

“This calls for the curriculum and extra-curricular activities in institutions to be enhanced,” she said. The TVET Career Carnival yesterday gave students an opportunity to interact directly with potential employers. Last year, a total of 1,372 participants attended open interviews including TVET students and the public. As a result, 141 participants were hired and called for a second interview immediately.


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