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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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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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