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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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Vocational College Graduates Im Much Demand

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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NILAI, Aug 26 (Bernama) — A total of 72.3 per cent or 1,643 of the 2,273 diploma graduates in 16 different courses from 15 vocational colleges nationwide have received job offers upon finishing their studies in April.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said those who graduated with diplomas in Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology and Automotive Technology were among the most sought after.

“For me, this is a very healthy development and it places the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as one of the important components of education at the national level.

“We want a skilled workforce, so this is one of the components in TVET,” he told reporters after the inaugural Ministry of Education (MOE) convocation ceremony for vocational colleges at Dewan Tuanku Canselor, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia here Friday.

Also present were Education Director-General Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

Mahdzir said the government was also committed to developing the potential of students with a variety of interests and abilities through a 20 per cent increase in student enrolment in the vocational education system.

“To date, there are about 78,000 students currently enrolled in skills training at 80 vocational colleges across the country,” he said.

Mahdzir also hoped that cooperation between the MOE, private industries and government agencies could be enhanced in implementing the Vocational Education Transformation, particularly to provide opportunities for students to undergo on the job training (OJT).


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Rich dividends from vocational education transformation

Monday, June 20th, 2016

THE transformation of vocational training in Malaysia through the Education Ministry’s Technical and Vocational Education Division (BPTV) is slowly but surely yielding results.

The Vocational Education Transformation programme that began in 2012 to elevate the prestige of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is in line with the thrust of the First Shift of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which is about ensuring equitable access to world-class quality education.

This transformation reflects the Government’s aspiration to produce competent manpower so that the country can be classified as a high-income nation by 2020.

Some of the measures undertaken by the ministry in producing technically trained people include upgrading 80 vocational secondary schools to be vocational colleges (KV). Since 2012, 15 KVs have been established, and the number ballooned to 80 by 2014. At the same time, six new KVs are currently being built under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) at Kelantan (Pasir Puteh), Johor (Pagoh, Tanjung Piai, Pasir Gudang), Pahang (Pekan) and Terengganu (Kuala Berang).

Plans to build another five KVs have been submitted under the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020).

It’s amazing: Che Noorliati says her former students can earn about RM3,500 a month, excluding overtime, in an industry with a base pay of RM12 per hour.

My former students can earn about RM3,500 a month, excluding overtime, in an industry with a base pay of RM12 per hour. – Che Noorliati Said

According to BPTV director Zainuren Mohd Nor, the initial batch of pipe welders that the KVs are producing are highly marketable.

“I am proud of this success story, and wish to show to the world that we can produce highly competent welders who are fit to work in the oil and gas industry,” he said at a press conference at his office last week.

Zainuren is not talking about structural welders who are often fabricators, such as those that merely join metal plates together, or those that make fancy metal gates and fencing.

“We are interested to produce graduates who are qualified to work in the oil and gas industry, where there is no tolerance for defects in the wells,” said Roszida Othman, chief executive officer of the Vocational Education Training Academy Sdn Bhd (VETA), a private outfit that works together with the Education Ministry to uplift standards of vocational training.


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TVET Rebranding Must Focus On Research – Mary Yap

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, June 1 (Bernama) — The rebranding of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) must focus on research activities and not just in offering new courses, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

She said developed nations like South Korea, Germany and Australia which set up research centres in TVET had proven that the move contributed to the growth of the national economy.

“The brains behind the national TVET should think of similar ways to create a platform for the sharing of research knowledge which can work together to realise the aspirations of a high-income nation,” she said at the Technical Universities of Malaysia (MTU)-TVET 2016 Symposium here Wednesday.

The symposium, which was attended by more than 100 delegates, was organised by the National Council of Professors and four MTUs, namely Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (UTeM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), with the theme ‘Intensifying and Sustaining TVET Development through Restructuring, Rebranding and Resynergising TVET’.

Yap said the rebranding of TVET included collectively developing programmes based on the industry and employment, lifelong learning, entrepreneurial thinking, empowering public-private joint ventures, and providing a platform for research.

Meanwhile, the joint chairman for the main committee of the symposium, Professor Dr Jailani Md Yunos, said the time had come for a national research centre on TVET to be set up in the country.

He said the centre was not only needed for academic purposes but could also play a role in determining the direction of the national economy.

“Research centres like the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in Germany have contributed much to national development.


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