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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