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Education Ministry links up with O&G firms for TVET

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (centre) with (from left) EEW Malaysia chief executive officer Thorsten Petermann, Dynac Group chief executive officer Md Jasman Bongkek, Polytechnic and Community College Education Department JPPK managing director Dr Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad managing director and chief executive Wan Mashitah Wan Abdullah Sani and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation Kuala Lumpur operations head Tajul Ariff Abdullah Halim Kamil. -NSTP/Luqman Hakim Zubir.

The Education Ministry recently formed a strategic partnership with four industry players in the oil and gas (O&G) sector to empower the nation’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

Witnessed by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, a certificate of collaboration (CoC) was inked between the ministry, represented by the Polytechnic and Community College Education Department (JPPK), and four firms, namely Dynac Group, EEW Malaysia, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corp.

The collaboration will see an expansion in job opportunities and accessibility for polytechnic and community colleges’ students and graduates.

Maszlee said the formation of the TVET O&G industry cluster as the first focus group served as a new milestone in efforts to strengthen TVET.

“It has been seven months since the cabinet launched the TVET Empowerment Cabinet Committee. We have since conducted consultations, round table discussions, workshops and dialogues.

“By grouping businesses into focus groups, we hope to better address issues specific to the industries, achieve greater efficiency and draft better synergy in our initiatives.

“We believe that TVET should be led by the industry, not the other way around. Today, we are going to make the oil and gas sector more attractive to graduates, especially from families in the Bottom 40 per cent group. With a better career, they can change the entire landscape of their community.”

To succeed, Maszlee said, having a clear focus was critical, especially as TVET moved towards adopting an industry-led and industry-certified framework.

He added that the ministry persistently seeks for industry participation not only in industrial training and work collaborations, but in curriculum development and education policy-making as well.

“If the accountancy profession has ACCA, CIMA and MICPA, I hope that today’s TVET O&G cluster will lead to a similarly dedicated group that strives to make education and training in the industry world-class and forward thinking.

“This is the first step in the long and arduous journey to revolutionise the way our society learns and accumulates new knowledge, skills and experience. This is also why TVET is known as future skills, a testament of the need to adapt and change as the world does,” said Maszlee.

JPPK managing director Dr Mohammad Naim Yaakub said the partnership signals numerous benefits for the polytechnic students and staff alike.

“A large number of our students especially from the petroleum and chemical engineering courses are having their internship placements with them. Our teaching staff can also undergo attachments to learn about the latest technologies and processes in O&G.

“Apart from that, experienced engineers will be invited to our polytechnics to share about their technologies and business models.”

Mohammad Naim added that this collaboration is in line with the government’s aim of having 35 per cent high-skilled workforce by next year.

“We are on track and moving towards the target. Our progress depends on the economic situation especially our domestic direct investments and foreign direct investments, as well as the types of skill structure they bring in.

“We hope that the small and medium enterprises (SME) in Malaysia will be more capital-intensive in high-technology content and be less dependent on foreign labour.

“TVET is currently following the Industry 4.0 masterplan developed by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI). We hope that industries can go along this line for us to have a more skilled workforce,” said Mohammad Naim.

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First TVET cluster focuses on oil and gas sector

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Maszlee says he hopes more oil and gas companies will step forward and be part of this cluster.

TECHNICAL and vocational education training (TVET) students are shying away from the oil and gas (O&G) industry.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said although there are many TVET graduates working in the industry, the numbers should be higher.

“It’s unfortunate there are not many takers from our (TVET) students,” he said before witnessing the certificate of cooperation signing ceremony between the Education Ministry’s polytechnic education and community college department (JPPKK) and four O&G industry partners in Putrajaya.

He said he hoped more students will take up TVET courses relating to the industry, especially from the B40 group.

Maszlee said there are many lucrative jobs within the O&G industry.

This, he added, can help the B40 students create better lives for themselves.

Maszlee said the signing marks the formation of the first focused TVET cluster, which is for the O&G sector.

“The industry should be the core player,” he added.

“It should be the industry which takes the first step to work with us.

“By grouping businesses into focused groups, we can address any issues specific to the industry,” he said.

Four companies have come on board for this TVET cluster.

These are Dynac Sdn Bhd, EEW Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd, and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation.

Maszlee hopes more O&G companies will step forward to be part of this cluster.

JPPKK director Dr Mohammad Naim Yaakub said this will see polytechnic and community college students undergo internships at the companies.

The companies will share their expertise with staff and students.

The companies’ technical staff and engineers will also hold talks on their expertise.

Putting their house in order

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

WE are not the main loan regulating body, PTPK chairman K. Saraswathy said.

Many students in private training providers are led to believe that PTPK is responsible for providing them with financial aid to pursue their studies.

Correcting this misperception, Saraswathy said it is not the only agency that provides financial assistance to TVET students.

“We are just another avenue.

“We only provide loans to students enrolled in skilled training centres registered under the Human Resources Ministry’s Department of Skills Development (JPK).”

When PTPK was established under JPK, it was set up to provide financial aid for students enrolled in public institutes under the Manpower Department and Industrial Training Institutes which run diploma programmes.

“This funding mechanism was only allocated for institutes under the Human Resources Ministry because courses in the eight other ministries were free.

“However, six months after the Cabinet’s approval, the government reviewed PTPK and decided to open the funding to private entities, ” he added.

While there are other agencies that provide student loans to private training providers, Saraswathy said PTPK has become the preferred organisation to disburse loans.

“We have a fee structure for each programme and this has become a reference for other agencies when they give out financial assistance.

“So it looks as if PTPK leads the loan funding for skilled training and therefore the misperception.”

It is estimated that more than 70% of applicants who apply for their financial assistance are students from B40 (low-income) families.

Heavy dependency

While less than 50% of registered private training providers rely on funds from PTPK, StarEdu has learned that a number of providers have based their business model purely on students receiving PTPK loans.

“Our data shows that the number of training providers registered with us have dropped from 410 in 2018 to 367 this year, ” Saraswathy said.

“When we reviewed the allocation criteria, we found that the problem is with the training providers.

“If you rely fully on us, how can your centre operate well? As private training institutes, they are supposed to look at different perspectives or approaches.”

However, she notes that there are hiccups to the system that needs to be looked into.

“We have criteria to ensure the allocation benefits the students. Due to the limited budget we have, we enforced new criteria this year such as employability assurance where training providers must collaborate with the industry on job vacancies that suit their training, ” she said.

“It could be a contributing factor to some training providers saying they’re receiving less allocation – it’s probably because they’re not ready for this approach.

“We are aware of this and are currently doing studies to ensure the allocation can be given to specific programmes and/or industries, and to prioritise the government’s directive.

“Yes, we must give assistance to enterprises to grow (but) it’s not fair for the government to (be responsible for their) funding.”

A clear cut funding mechanism for the private TVET sector is needed

Every year, an allocation of 80% from PTPK’s budget is given to private training providers while only 20% is for public institutes, Saraswathy said.

While the industry has its issues, she does not believe the private sector is ‘broken’.

“You need to look at it from the business perspective. Survival of a training institute is based on the number of students who enrol, ” she added.

However, enrolling students with false expectations that they will receive PTPK loans, causing them to be in debt and subsequently not finish their course is a serious issue, she said.

“There should be one main governing body to overlook funding mechanisms for private TVET institutions, ” she said.

“If the funding mechanism is clear, everyone will replicate it.”

“We currently receive RM200mil a year. If we receive (the desirable) budget, we are ready to take on the challenge of providing loans to every student who applies.

“We will also be comfortable enough to eliminate the quota system and be able to distribute allocation from the start of the year itself. Training providers normally receive their allocation by March, ” she added.

However, she described the situation as a catch-22 because an increase in budget could mean an increase in training providers registering with the corporation for loans.

Federation of JPK Accredited Centres (FeMAC) president P. Sailanathan said that many private training providers are genuine and struggle to make ends meet.

FeMAC is an association comprising members who are accredited private TVET training providers.

According to Sailanathan, the association has more than 350 registered members.

Some centres enrol students and inform them that their loans are subject to approval, he said.

He, however, urged PTPK to give private training providers more time to apply for the allocation quotas.

“I’m not disputing their allegations but the constraint is on our side and within a limited time, we have to do the necessary enrolment, marketing and registration.

“This is a problem we are facing right now, ” he added.

“Since 2016, PTPK’s fund size has reduced to RM200mil while the number of colleges have increased, ” he added.

Sailanathan said Femac’s contention is the lack of money to assist students who want to study.

“We are not blaming anyone as we know that PTPK can only give what is available to them. We are asking for an increase in the size of the fund.

“For Budget 2020, we submitted a proposal to the Finance Ministry for RM1bil for PTPK, ” Sailanathan said.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said students should first check if the training provider and the course they are interested in is registered.

“Students must be more discerning while applying for courses and do some basic research online to see the trends of courses that they are interested in, ” he said, adding that centres give a rosy picture of courses.

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Creating clear career pathways for TVET

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Launch of the MTUN Bachelor of Technology Programme at Universiti Malaysia Pahang in June.

FOR the nation to move forward in tandem with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) and beyond, there is a clear need for a well-trained technical workforce with skill sets that are present- and future-ready as well as future-resilient.

Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes have always been seen as the vehicle to prepare aptly-skilled human capital but somehow the general perspective is that they fall short in terms of the level of skills and knowledge needed for the industry to forge ahead.

Graduates who have qualified from TVET institutions previously do not have a clear career pathway to further their studies and secure jobs that are highly technical in nature.

To create more career pathways and opportunities for TVET students, the Education Ministry with the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) comprising four universities — Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) , Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) , Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) — and the professional body for technologists and technicians, the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), have collaborated in establishing newly developed Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech) programmes in specific technology fields.

Some universities have introduced several of the courses last month at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year while other universities will make the courses available in September next year.

The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0.NSTP/EMAIL

According to MBOT president Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, BTech programmes in MTUN are articulation programmes for TVET graduates with Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (Malaysian Vocational Diploma/DVM) through Kolej Vokasional (KV); and those with Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (Diploma in Skills Malaysia / DKM) and Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (Advanced Diploma Skills Malaysia / DLKM) from institutions under the Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR).

The articulation process entails matching the courses, requirements and coursework at vocational colleges with that at higher education institutions.

“KVs start enrolling students as young as 16, post PMR/PT3 examination towards Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) through Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) without SPM. That posed a problem for the graduates should they decide to pursue a Bachelor’s degree and beyond at public universities. Other than that they often face difficulty in transitioning from TVET-based education to an academic-based degree programme,” he explained.

Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.

The entry level requirement for BTech programmes in MTUN is not based solely on SPM qualification, Ahmad Zaidee highlighted.

For DVM graduates, most of the candidates have taken the equivalency courses to SPM’s Bahasa Melayu dan Sejarah, namely Bahasa Melayu 1104 as well as Sejarah 1251. For DKM and DLKM graduates, most of the students have taken SPM which already includes Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah.

In any case this nation-building initiative is not met, MTUN has agreed the student can enrol for the courses during their tenure years of BTech studies.

“MBOT through Technicians Act 2015 (Act 768) has established the Technology & Technical Accreditation Council (TTAC). This is a Joint Technical Committee with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to perform accreditation on professional technology and technical programmes. The council has published a Technology & Technical Accreditation Manual 2019 (TTAC MANUAL) for a comprehensive guideline for education providers (EP) to design and develop their programmes in the advanced technological fields,” he said.

UniMAP Academic Management Office dean Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar said the availability of BTech programmes for DVM and DKM qualification holders is timely.

“It is estimated there are 50,000 students graduating with DVM and DKM every year. With the availability of BTech programmes, these students can obtain Bachelor’s degree-level qualifications as per required to face the challenges of IR 4.0,” he said.

Associate Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar.


The main difference between BTech and conventional degree programmes is that the former were developed based on occupational requirement while the latter are more discipline-based, UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim explained.

“In conventional degree, fundamental and technological courses such as mathematics, physics etc are taught separately. In BTech programmes, the focus is for a graduate to perform a task in the work environment, hence fundamental and technological knowledge that is usually taught in different courses are embedded into a course on a particular competency set,” she said.

UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim. NSTP/MUHAMMAD ZUHAIRI ZUBER

For example, she illustrated that a BTech Welding programme comprises a course of Welding inspection that combines elements of mathematics, physics, material studies, and local laws accordingly rather than have the subjects taken in separate courses, as with conventional programmes.

UTHM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly, meanwhile, explained that the current delivery or execution of BTech programmes uses the approach of Work Based Learning (WBL) in block released manner. This means the students undergo their studies in two phases: two and a half years at university and another year in the industry.

“The curriculum structure is towards preparing students into industry 4.0 in line with the Program Educational Objective, which is to produce technologist, technopreneur and entrepreneurship.

As such, the success ratio of higher graduate employability is ensured as the students will have a structured WBL courses in the industry itself within a year before they graduate,” he said.

He said another delivery approach via apprenticeship is still in the development progress. The idea is to have workers upgrade their qualifications by studying two days in university and working three days.


UMP Center for Academic Innovation & Competitiveness (CAIC) director Associate Professor Dr Mohd Rusllim Mohamed, who is a director of the MBOT Technology and Technical Accreditation Secretariat, observed that MoE and the Ministry of Human Resources have been working closely to ensure the programmes are running accordingly.

“So far, the government has distributed some budget for reskilling and upskilling of existing lecturers, mentoring training for industry workers, and the implementation of a newly developed concept of teaching factory — University Revaluation Teaching Factory (URTF). Here, students are involved in industry production line, thus creating valuable experiential learning even before they graduate,” he said.

He related that MoE has approached the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MGCCI) to become a strategic partner to BTech’s MTUN, so that the programmes can be further improved to meet the German standards.

“With MGCCI on board, all of its over 400 companies’ partners would be willing to be part of the ministry’s TVET empowerment agenda,” he said.

To improve the quality of teaching and learning based on IR 4.0, Anuar said UniMAP is currently applying to develop a teaching plant through the URTF effort.

“This involves practical sessions of industrial design, engineering design and 3D printing at this teaching plant,” said Anuar.

UniMAP’s Faculty of Engineering Technology has also applied for TVET transfer of technology (TOT) for existing lecturers to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

“The main objective of this TOT is to obtain professional certification for lecturers at the faculty. Some laboratories are also proposed to be turned into industrial laboratories, to enable professional certificates to be issued. Training to obtain a teaching professional certificate has also been proposed as one of the TOT TVET agendas to be implemented after this provision is approved,” he said.

At UTHM, Wahid said nine memoranda of understanding amd eight letters of intent with related industries have been signed.

“The University-Industry partnerships include those with Siemens, Acson, Carrier, Festo, HardRock Hotel, NIOSH, Binaan Desjaya and Proton. The approach of BTech programmes is to have 60 per cent work-based learning and 40 per cent theory,” he said.


Director of UTeM’s Academic Planning and Development Office Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Fahmi Miskon said with a BTech degree in hand, TVET graduates can also request for appropriate and adequate amount of salaries coherent with the skills that they own.

“It is believed that the competition for fresh graduates to get a job has gotten tougher. Hands-on skills, experience and knowledge are what employers look for today,” he said.

Other than having more students involved in skilled courses, Ahmad Zaidee said it is also very important to get the students to further their studies so that they would be more intellectually improved in many aspects.

“The graduates of these programmes are expected to be employed as soon as they graduate because the programmes are designed to fulfil the needs of the industries.

“The launch of B.Tech programmes in MTUN reflects the government’s commitment in promoting and acknowledging TVET as the driving force in the country’s development. The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0,” he said.

As the primary professional body for TVET, he said MBOT prepares TVET graduates as technologists and technicians that are readily accepted not just in the local but also the global industry.

“We are establishing our footing in the international arena with other countries via bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

“To date, we have been accepted as provisional signatory for Seoul Accord (multilateral co-accreditation agreement for Information & Computing Technology programmes). MBOT has also taken a proactive step in proposing to pioneer the establishment of APEC Technologists and Technicians Register (ATTR) which is anticipated to be launched next year when Malaysia hosts APEC 2020,” he said.

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What is TVET?

Monday, October 28th, 2019

TECHNICAL and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) includes formal, non-formal and informal learning that prepare young people with the knowledge and skills required in the world of work.

According to the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (Unesco), TVET has been called many names over the years – apprenticeship training, vocational education, technical education, technical-vocational education, occupational education, vocational education and training, professional and vocational education, career and technical education, workforce education, workplace education, and others.

No matter its name, the common feature of TVET as defined by Unesco is that it involves “in addition to general education, the study of technologies and related sciences as well as the acquisition of practical skills, attitudes, understanding, and knowledge relating to occupations in various sectors of economics and social life”.

In TVET, young people have the opportunity to learn from basic to advanced levels across a wide range of institutional and work settings.

Did you know?

TVET programmes in Malaysia are offered at certificate, diploma, and degree levels by seven ministries that include MOHE.

According to MOHE’s Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education), there will be an increase in demand for an additional 1.3 million TVET workers by 2020 in the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) identified under the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

To meet this demand, the government has increased the development expenditure given to public TVET institutions from RM 1.8 billion in 2010 to RM 2.1 billion in 2014.

There are over 1,000 TVET institutions in Malaysia of which 506 are public institutions.

Public institutions like polytechnics, community colleges, vocational colleges and other higher learning institutions can accommodate about 230,000 students.

In 2013, out of the 429,000 students who sat for the SPM examination, 321,000 students enrolled in higher education and training programmes, with more than 50 per cent enrolling at TVET institutions.

Despite facts and figures showing that TVET graduates have high employability (e.g. 83 per cent for Kolej Vokasional graduates), it will still take a  very long time for the society to change their negative perception towards TVET.

Why does society look down on technical education?

1. In the past only those who failed in SPM took up TVET courses. Society feels that TVET courses are for students who are academically poor and for drop-outs.

2. TVET jobs are generally low paying, especially in the initial years.  Those who become carpenters, bricklayers, electricians or technicians, generally start with an allowance or a small salary. These allowances are not much. However, after gaining work experience they can command a good salary.  With recognized certification, experience and good communication plus  people skills, income can reach 5 figures, eg like chefs, underwater welders, piping experts (O&G industry) or those operating own businesses like dressmaking, hairdressing and  beauty salon, automotive workshops, etc.

3. In the past, many TVET institutions produced graduates who were not needed by employers. Such graduates found it difficult to get jobs.  Lack of coordination between TVET institutions and the industry resulted in many graduates who found it difficult to get jobs. When they got jobs, they were underpaid. People had a low opinion on TVET courses.

What is the solution?

What students don’t realise is that, they are now given a second chance to enter tertiary studies. When they completed SPM, their academic results may not be sufficient to enter a university and obtain a degree.

But, with TVET qualification, graduates have a second chance to enter tertiary studies  and obtain a bachelors degree, masters or even a PH.D.

TVET graduates can either pursue technical (Bachelor of Technology with Malaysian Technical University Network) or management qualifications such as Professional Diploma or Executive Bachelor.

Those who are currently employed without any proper qualifications are now encouraged to obtain  skills recognised via the Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (PPT/RPEL). By doing so these workers would have recognised paper qualifications.

Career Tips

If you’re planning to study TVET courses, it is advisable to register at institutions  that offers recognised certification like Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), which are also warmly welcomed in many foreign countries for employment.

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World-class education a clear priority

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

PETALING JAYA: Allocating a total of RM64.1bil to education – the biggest chunk of the Budget for the second year running – proves that the government is committed to world-class education.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) welcomed the increased allocation from last year’s RM60.2bil.

It also lauded the special attention given to the disabled community and to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

“Our disabled children have been treated as an afterthought for way too long.

More money for maintenance and government-aided schools showed that the government understands the importance of creating a conducive environment for students and teachers.

“Quality teaching and learning can only happen when classrooms are comfortable and safe.

“For some underprivileged students, their only sanctuary is school so if they are happy here, they will perform better, ” he said.

He added that government-aided schools often struggled to pay their utility bills.The union, which has been calling for the improvement of TVET education in the country, was also happy that TVET had gotten the attention it deserved.

Tan said, however, that a clear-cut nationwide TVET policy still needed to be drawn up.

“Funding is one thing, but we still need to look at a single accreditation system that cuts across all industries.

“Now there are several ministries involved in TVET, yet it is still chaotic, ” he said.
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‘Thanks, but RM5.9bil not enough for TVET’

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

PETALING JAYA: The RM5.9bil allocated to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is not enough, says the National TVET Movement.In the current economic climate of high inflation and high operational costs the TVET institutes incur, the movement’s vice-chairman Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab said the allocation could have been higher.

“In the public sector alone, there are easily 500 training institutes.

“I welcome this year’s budget allocation for TVET but had the TVET system been streamlined under one ministry, this allocation would have been streamlined better and the costs would be cheaper.

“From this Budget given, I hope more focus will be given to encouraging students to take up TVET courses at the school level, ” he added.

“We need to encourage schoolchildren through incentives like this to attract more of them to study TVET, ” he added.

Federation of JPK Accredited Centres (FeMAC) president P. Sailanathan questioned the allocation for private TVET training centres.

FeMAC is an association comprising members who are accredited private TVET training providers.

“The RM50mil allocated to the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) is a grant to state skills development centres. Nothing was mentioned for private providers.

“The RM5.9bil allocation for TVET is for public sector skills centres. How much of this will be given to PTPK for student loans?” he asked.

“Who will manage the RM20mil matching grants fund?”

He said the public sector alone could not drive the TVET agenda and it needed the cooperation of the private institutes.

“The Budget for TVET is heavily focused on the public sector and not much is said about the private providers, ” he said.

However, he added that the Malaysian Technical University Network’s move to offer graduate courses from next year for students who graduate from vocational colleges was a good initiative and welcomed the additional RM100 allowance.

Commenting on the RM50mil allocation for PTPK to fund courses by state skills development centres, its general manager and acting chief executive Mohd Fathullah Mustafa said it was a “very good move” by the government to ensure the continuation of TVET activities.

“With this allocation, we will be able to provide grants to the skills development centres.

“This will help industries hire skilled workers according to specific skills, ” he added.

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Polytech urged to continue creating innovative products

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Minister of Education and Innovation Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob  (pic) called on students and lecturers at Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu to continue creating innovative products and thus pioneering the field of innovation in order to gain competitive edge.

“Polytechnic, as one of the nation’s TVET institutions play an important role in fostering a culture of innovation and creativity among students in teaching and learning activities.

“Innovation today has become a new global benchmark and is definitely demanding creative capabilities that are not only new, unique and useful but also serve as a catalyst for community well-being.

“According to the Global Innovation Index Report 2018 and 2019, Malaysia is ranked 35 out of 126 countries. This is a proud achievement because it is not easy to maintain that position for two consecutive years due to tough competition against other countries.

He said this when officiating at the Students’ Innovation Projects Exhibition and Competition (Projek-19) at Rafflesia Hall, Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu here, Tuesday.

His speech was read by Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation Jenifer Lasimbang.

Dr Yusof said such programme is able to inculcate the creative and innovative culture among the students.

“Projex is a platform to encourage everyone in Polytechnic to give and share creative ideas as well as to make their day-to-day tasks more efficient and effective.

“It is also for recognition and appreciation for students who are constantly thinking and designing new products, especially in technical field, which will surely promote Polytechnic’s name at the next international level,” he said.

Projex is a bi-annual programme involving the participation of final semester diploma students from Departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Commerce, and Tourism and Hospital.

There were 225 participants’ altogether, involving 60 supervisors from all five academic departments.

Meanwhile, Eksa Smart Recycle Bin was judged the winner with its innovation of garbage bin that were designed to address the problem of irregular waste disposal.

The bin was made of discarded boat fibre. It has two function, to determine the weight and price of the waste.

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Getting industry to lead TVET

Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Dr Maszlee Malik presenting the certificate of mandate to Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai (left) at the launch of TVET National Campaign. Looking on are M. Kula Segaran and Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Ghazali Abas (right).

TECHNICAL and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) continues to remain the government’s focus to drive the nation’s economy.

Sixty per cent of jobs created under the 11th Malaysia Plan are expected to require technical and vocational skills that will increase the skilled human capital base.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the vision for the country’s TVET is clear — to promote it as not just another option, but for students to make it their main choice of education and career.

He said this at the launch of the National TVET Campaign last week after a closed dialogue on TVET empowerment with the industry.

“We are currently setting up a National TVET Coordinating Body as a single enforcement body, which will see TVET programmes managed under one umbrella with one system. We will focus on a financial model to make sure sufficient funds for TVET education, besides working on a shared ownership model to strengthen its certification.”

Maszlee said the ministry had identified seven strategies to shift the role of the industry.

“We need to involve more industries to strengthen dual-training programmes, and at the same time, shift from industry participation towards partnership, before moving towards industry-led TVET.”

On Aug 14, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Empowerment Cabinet Committee (JKKPTVET) was set up as the government’s commitment to strengthen coordination and cooperation between ministries and stakeholders in the TVET system.

JKKPTVET comprised eight ministers, namely human resources, youth and sports, works, rural development, entrepreneur development, agriculture and agro-based industry, domestic trade and consumer affairs and education.

Present were JKKPTVET technical chairman Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai and Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran. Soh said based on surveys, the main issues and challenges for TVET education included community perception, where people saw it as having limited job opportunities.

“TVET providers also operate in silos, resulting in overlapping courses and creating confusion for students and employers.”

“It is the government’s policy to raise the level of skilled workforce to 35 per cent by 2020. To do so, we need to increase TVET student enrolment to 225,000 by 2020.”

The committee has held six townhalls, five workshops and numerous engagements to strategise the way forward for TVET.

“Based on a series of townhalls, engagements and sessions to support the TVET Empowerment Plan, 20 strategies and 15 recommendations have been proposed based on five pillars, namely governance, funding, industry, quality and branding,”

He also said some industry-led TVET collaborations remain as models for cooperation between the ministry and industry.

They are the FMM-Mida-MOE Apprentice programme, PSDC-Penang Free Trade Zone Industries, Langkawi Tourism Academy and Malaysian Association of Hotels collaboration and Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce German Dual Vocational Training Programme.

Maszlee said he hoped that TVET institutions would work together with universities and innovation agencies to introduce new technology to re-map the institutions according to industry demand.

The National TVET campaign, which runs until November, will include the search of TVET Valued Industry Partners (VIP) and TVET Influencers. There will also be a competition for the national TVET logo and slogan.

By Hazlina Aziz

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TVET priority crucial step for future workforce

Friday, October 4th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: To prepare the nation’s workforce of the future, priority towards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a crucial step needed to drive the nation’s economic growth, says Education Minister Mazslee Malik.

“With the rapid pace of technology is evolving workplaces in the modern era, one thing certain is that jobs of the future will be technology-driven which underpins the need for future workers to be equipped with technical skills,” he said.

In his keynote address during his meeting with the Sabah Education Department(JPN), Mazslee underlined the government is committed to improve adoption of technology-based learning and cultivating wider interest among students towards STEM subjects(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

“We need to prepare the younger generation to adopt technology, and encourage more to take up STEM subjects, this builds on efforts to promote TVET as the main choice of education and careers for students.

“When we talk about the revolution of industry, it’s important to prepare a solid foundation and prepare the younger generation for the emergence of new jobs that will exist in the future,” said Mazslee, noting countries like Japan and Singapore already provided their younger generation with a solid footing in facing challenges of future workplaces.

Mazslee pointed the ministry would emphasize on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) from preschool to university levels, highlighting the government is committed to promote TVET and equip students with necessary skills needed to be more competitive in the job market.

Furthermore, he said school students need greater exposure on other professions to give them more choices to plan their future careers. “Young people deserve to be better informed, speakers from more other professions can be invited to give talks in schools,” he added.

For Sabah, the minister said the Ministry’s attention is focused on 707 dilapidated schools that require assistance due to the poor conditions of facilities and infrastructure.

“This year, federal allocation will be channeled in two stages, the first totaling RM10 million for three schools, followed by an injection of RM78 million for 19 schools in the second phase,” he said, adding Chinese schools and Mission schools will continue to receive government financial assistance.

He also noted SMK Peter Mojuntin Secondary School will receive an allocation of RM5.5 million for the construction of a new building. In extending assistance to disabled children in Sabah, he said the government has channeled a sum of RM875,000 for the Special Education Integrated Programme (PPKI).

In his message to teachers, schools and JPN officials, Mazslee called for a united effort to reduce the dropout rate in schools especially in rural and remote areas of the state.

“I think it’s crucial that we work together to ensure that every child gets access to education, increasing participation rate at schools is an important objective,” he said, adding schools will also be opened for undocumented children.

Among those who attended the function include State Education Director Mistirine Radin and Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yaacob.


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