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TVET, the way forward

Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Fajura (second from right) says there is no age limit for those interested in joining Limkokwing TVET International as there is no barrier to lifelong learning.

Fajura (second from right) says there is no age limit for those interested in joining Limkokwing TVET International as there is no barrier to lifelong learning.

CRUCIAL emphasis is placed on the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and its role in equipping young Malaysians for the fourth industrial revolution.

The Government has also frequently conveyed its aspirations of producing highly skilled Malaysians who can contribute to its aim of positioning the country among the top 20 nations by 2050.

In line with this, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has launched the Limkokwing TVET International, an initiative by the university to spearhead TVET education and training.

“The TVET (landscape) is huge. “We need to change the mindset of Malaysians who think only students who do not pass or do well in school sign up for it.

Fajura said courses will begin on April 15, and the varsity expects a minimum of 15 students per course.

There is no age limit for those interested in joining Limkokwing TVET International as there is no barrier to lifelong learning, she added.

Some of the objectives behind the initiative include educating people on the kind of opportunities that are available when one is skilled in areas they did not expect would be available to them.

In addition, the Limkokwing TVET International is a platform for working adults to gain professional recognition in order to progress in their careers.

Acknowledging the potential the country has, Fajura said Limkokwing TVET International also aims to make Malaysia the hub of skilled resource.

The programme has at least 450 modules and is open to the public, both Malaysians and non-Malaysians.

Fajura said the courses are flexible as there are short and long courses.

The former runs between one day to a month, while the latter runs between six months to one-and-a-half years.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Industry Empowerment senior vice president Datuk Raja Aznil Raja Hisham said the university does not aim to produce mere job seekers but job creators.

The university is a strategic partner with the Human Resource Ministry to develop structured courses and nurturing existing programmes, Fajura said.

By the end of the course, students will be assessed by the university through examinations and projects.

Assessments will also be carried out by industry partners, where students will be evaluated through their work portfolio.

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TVET System Vital to meet Needs Of Industry 4.0

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

NILAI, Jan 12 (Bernama) — As Malaysia’s premier Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution, polytechnics under the Higher Education Ministry should play a big role in that field of education.

Polytechnic Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz said this was because the TVET system was now seen as one of the most important education fields to drive the country’s future and meet the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

As such, he said, lecturers and students at polytechnics should be prepared to face the global challenges in a bid to realise the country’s aspiration to become a developed nation.

“Lecturers should not confine themselves to the existing knowledge in their field, they are very talented and they must be willing to relearn and get the second skill. For students, they must be mentally and physically prepared to meet future challenges,” he told reporters after delivering the 2018 New Year message at the Nilai Polytechnic here today.


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Recognition for tech and vocational job holders.

Saturday, December 30th, 2017
Idris and Ahmad Zaidee (right) lifting up the plaque at the closing of the summit. Looking on is Dr Hamisah.

Idris and Ahmad Zaidee (right) lifting up the plaque at the closing of the summit. Looking on is Dr Hamisah.

TECHNOLOGISTS and technicians can no longer be considered as “second class engineers”.

In fact, thanks to the establishment of the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), jobs under these categories will now receive the recognition and accreditation they deserve.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the board formed by the Government, plays an important role in upholding the integrity of the professions.

“MBOT also gives a space to technologists and those in the technical and vocational fields to receive proper training because they are required to face the fourth industrial revolution,” he said during the recent closing of its Technology and Technical Accreditation Summit 2017.

Recognising these professions is not something new as this is already practised in countries like France and Korea, said Idris.

“TVET (Technology and Vocational Education and Training) is growing just as fast as conventional academics in this country,” he added.

Idris also said that MBOT has partnered with Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to give accreditation to courses for technologists and technicians.

The Technology and Technical Accreditation Council and the Technology and Technical Accreditation Secretariat is the result of this partnership, he said.

To date, the agency has received more than 30 accreditation applications from public institutions of higher education for their courses.

During the summit, 17 higher education institutions, which were given self-accreditation status by MQA, and four programmes from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) were accredited by MBOT and MQA.

Also present at the event was MBOT President Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin and Higher Education director-general Datin Paduka Dr Hamisah Tapsir.

Meanwhile, Bernama quoted Idris as saying that students who are currently pursuing their PhD under the ministry’s sponsorship will be allowed to extend the duration of their studies.

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Skilled workers at the ready

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz (right) and Marufah Jailan, the Malaysia representative of Worldskill Competition 2017. NSTP/ROSELA ISMAIL

OFTENTIMES, when a school-leaver fails to meet the entry requirements of public universities, the assumption is that he will be denied the opportunity of a good job or a promising career.

Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz said this is a perception that needs to be corrected.

The director general of the Department of Polytechnic Education at the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) said students who miss out on a place at university have every chance to achieve success in the form of employment or establishing their own businesses after a Technical and Vocational Education (TVET).

“Due to economic reasons during their schooling years, many students — particularly those who did not have the privilege of extra academic assistance — do not make the grade for university. But this shouldn’t be perceived as a major hurdle in acquiring knowledge for a successful working life and aspiring to move up to a higher level in life.

“TVET education develops competitive human capital that is highly skilled and ready for employment in the technical sector, and trade and services. And such skilled workforce is in demand to meet the country’s needs in embracing global challenges. The ministry is committed to the mainstreaming and improving the quality of TVET to make it a popular choice among students.”

At present universities produce 52 per cent of the workforce; the TVET stream generates 36 per cent. “Under the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020, we want TVET’s contribution to increase to 47 per cent by having polytechnics complement universities.”

Mohd Ismail emphasised that the range of workers graduating from polytechnics is different from those from universities. The employability rate in polytechnics is at more than 90 per cent while at community colleges, it is more than 96 per cent.

“Our mandate is to be industry-driven so, therefore, we ensure our graduates are employable and industry-ready through formal, non-formal and informal learning. We strive to empower learners through the enculturation of lifelong learning and development of entrepreneurial skills. We also aim to enhance industry-driven programmes through active engagement with industries and communities.”

Since stepping into his current position slightly more than two months ago, Mohd Ismail has been engaged in talks with captains of industry.


“Our approach is this: Tell us what you want, we can produce it. Our curriculum can be modified accordingly,” he said, citing the newly introduced Diploma of Digital Technology for the present academic year as an example of how adaptive and responsive the Polytechnic Department is.

“The programme is a result of talks with the industry that started in June. The industry wanted graduates ready for the digital revolution. We discussed the curriculum through July and August. By September, it was ready and open for enrolment.

“We have freedom to change 30 per cent of our curriculum as approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and we are able to quickly adapt our curriculum to industry demand. We have to be agile to be relevant. And this is as important as technology, things are moving very fast.”

Polytechnics staff who started their careers some 20 years ago pose one of the challenges of the current pace of changes. “I promote reskilling and upskilling, and encourage them to get a second skill. This is important because they are in danger of becoming irrelevant. We cannot be hiring new people all the time.”

There are 7,559 teaching staff at the 36 polytechnics under MOHE across the country. Some 6,460 are lecturers with industry exposure. Fifty-seven per cent of the total are bachelor degree holders, 37 per cent have master’s degree and one per cent are doctoral holders.

Staff who share the same vision is important to produce graduates with creativity, integrity, agility and professionalism, said Mohd Ismail.

On the quality of education in polytechnics, he said TVET programmes are accredited by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission as TVET providers.

“The country has eight out of the Top 10 polytechnics in the Asia Pacific. We are recognised internationally and by engaging with industry, we make sure our curriculum is always relevant and ensure employability. We don’t compromise on quality and are compliant with requirements as stipulated by MQA. While we get 100,000 applications for our programmes annually, we want more quality students to join,” he said.

Mohd Ismail added that polytechnics are responsive to the industry and industry-driven. “The name ‘polytechnic’ denotes a multi-skilled institution. It meets the demands of the industry by supplying a workforce with the right skills — highly skilled workers who can value-add products and services. This is our charter and we don’t want to lose sight of it.”


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Vocational College Graduates Have Opportunity To Pursue Tertiary Education – MOE

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

LABUAN, Sept 29 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Education (MOE) has assured vocational college graduates that they will have the opportunity to pursue tertiary education in institutes of higher learning (IPTs) nationwide.

Its deputy minister, Datuk P. Kalamanathan urged students with diploma from their respective colleges to sit for the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) with working experience or at least score Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.67 and credit in Bahasa Melayu in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

“Parents of children studying at vocational colleges must not worry that their children will be left behind in the admission to IPTs, there is no issue about this,”he told a press conference after attending An Evening with Labuan Teachers at Labuan Matriculation College, here today.

The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) had issued statement early this year that vocational college graduates who received Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) can pursue their education at IPTs immediately subject to passing the equivalent of SPM-Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SPM-SVM) set by the Malaysia Examination Board and others set by the MOE and Ministry of Higher Education.

MQA said vocational college graduates still have the opportunity to pursue higher studies even though they began working early as the APEL certificate issued is a replacement for SPM and recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education.


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TVET to meet industry needs

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Azhar (foreground, third from left) speaking to MJII Robotic and Automation Year Two student Amirah Zalifah Ab Rahman (right) after the launch. With him are Mara Council members Datuk Ariss Samsudin and Datuk Johan Abd Aziz (left and second left).

Azhar (foreground, third from left) speaking to MJII Robotic and Automation Year Two student Amirah Zalifah Ab Rahman (right) after the launch. With him are Mara Council members Datuk Ariss Samsudin and Datuk Johan Abd Aziz (left and second left).

MORE educationists and institutions are realising the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

One of them is Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), which believes that through TVET, the Government’s National Transformation 2050 (TN50) initiative can be achieved.

It is confident that the the economic and technological development of the country can be realised with TVET.

In its effort to achieve this, Mara recently launched an Industrial Centre of Excellence (ICoE) in the field of Electronic Engineering at the Mara-Japan Industrial Institute (MJII) in Beranang, Selangor.

Mara director-general Azhar Abdul Manaf congratulated MJII for their effort. “MJII has earned international recognition as a ‘MikroTik Academy’.

“The institution has also become a ‘LabVIEW Academy’ collaborator with Mara and National Instruments, which focuses on graphic software programming, testing and measurement instrumentation.

“By establishing these academies, students will be prepared with a curriculum that is aligned to industry needs, besides obtaining international recognition as an added value to their engineering diploma,” he said at Mara’s Industry and Institution Engagement 2017 programme.

The certification is also open to students from other higher learning institutions, as well as those in the workforce who wish to enhance their curriculum vitae.

Azhar said the additional certificate students receive will be able to accommodate the market demand for skilled manpower.

Mara also has ICoE’s located in other centres which focuses on specific areas such as Plant Design and Modelling Excellent Centre in Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara (KKTM), Kemaman, Terengganu, Additive Manufacturing Research and Innovation Centre in KKTM Kuantan, Pahang and International Welding Inspection & Certification Centre in Institut Kemahiran Mara in Jasin, Melaka among others.

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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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