In race to hone talent, Penang to copy German vocational schools

Lim Guan Eng seen in this July 16, 2014 file picture. ― Picture by Choo Choy May Lim Guan Eng seen in this July 16, 2014 file picture. ― Picture by Choo Choy

MayKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — The German model of vocational training will soon become an integral part of human resource development in Penang, as the Pakatan Rakyat-led state launched today a multi-pronged approach to bolster what it claims to be flagging standards in the national education system.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state will be the first to adopt the German vocational school system, to help develop “high-performing education systems” that build both theoretical and practical skills.

“We must provide our youths with opportunities and supply them with platforms to demonstrate their talents and strengths,” he said of the system, which will be run within multi-national corporations operating out of Penang.

“It is only when we are bold enough to invest in education can we truly win the challenging future,” he added when launching the Engagement Science Technology Engineering English and Mathematics (ESTEEM) Teaching at the Karpal Singh Penang Learning Centre.

Apart from the new vocational system, Lim said his administration will also extend annual funding to all existing half-funded vernacular and religious schools, and build learning centres focused on teaching science, technology, English and mathematics.

Lim stressed that Malaysian students lag three years behind their peers in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore based on the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranking, which rates the command of science, mathematics and reading among 15-year-olds.

He acknowledged that the Barisan Nasional federal governnment allocated some 20 per cent or RM56 billion of Budget 2015 for education, but claimed that the money will be spent “to satisfy the needs of bureaucrats” instead of improving on students’ learning.

“In fact, Malaysia spends less than Thailand in terms of education for students in their first 10 years of their education, from six years to 15 years old.

“Unless there is a paradigm shift towards investment in education, accompanied by high aspirations as a nation to build on human capital, we cannot be a high-income, developed economy,” he said, in a tacit reference to Putrajaya’s goal of achieving developed nation status by 2020.

Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-race-to-hone-talent-penang-to-copy-german-vocational-schools#sthash.vtD1cn0s.dpuf

Semua PB Swasta JPK perlu daftar GST

Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa semua PB Swasta yang berdaftar dengan JPK perlu membuat pendaftaran GST. Jabatan telah membuat rujukan daripada dokumen Warta Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi Perintah Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (Pembekalan Dikecualikan) 2014 dan Akta Pendidikan 1996 [Akta 550] serta perbincangan dengan pegawai kastam bahagian GST bagi sektor pendidikan dan Pegawai Undang-undang (PUU) dari Kementerian Sumber Manusia (KSM) dan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM). Dokumen yang dirujuk adalah seperti berikut:

1)     Warta Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi Perintah Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (Pembekalan Dikecualikan) 2014 bahagian Perkhidmatan Pendidikan perkara 14 (b)  dinyatakan;

“Berhubung dengan pendidikan tinggi yang disediakan kepada pelajar oleh penyedia institusi pendidikantinggi yang diluluskan di bawah Akta Pendidikan 1996, Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti 1971 [Akta 173] atau Akta Institusi Pendidikan Tinggi Swasta 1996 [Akta 555]”

dan perkara 16 (c) (iv) dinyatakan;

“Pendidikan tinggi yang mengikuti kursus pengajian sebagaimana yang ditetapkan di bawah Akta Pendidikan 1996, Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti 1971, Akta Universiti Teknologi MARA 1976, Akta Pendidikan Tinggi Swasta 1996 atau yang diakreditasi oleh Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia”

2)            Akta Pendidikan 1996 [Akta 550] perkara 34 dinyatakan;

(1)       Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Minister may establish and maintain the following educational institutions:

(a)        colleges, other than colleges with the status of University or University College established or deemed to be established under the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971;

(b)        special schools;

(c)        polytechnics; and

(d)      any other educational institution, the establishment or maintenance of which is not provided for under this Act or the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.

(2)      The Minister may give grant-in-aid to an educational institution, not established by  him, falling within paragraph (1) (a) or (1) (b).

3)   Merujuk kepada Pegawai Undang-undang Kementerian Sumber Manusia dan   Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia menyatakan bahawa perkara 14 (b) , 16 (c) (iv) dan 34 (1) (d) adalah tidak meliputi untuk PB Swasta yang berada di bawah Akta Pembangunan Kemahiran Kebangsaan 2006 [Akta 652]

Kursus Induksi PP-PPD bulan Januari 2015 (Yuran serendah RM100*)

Salam kemahiran, berikut adalah jadual induksi yang bakal dianjurkan oleh I Smart Educare di Kepong Metro Prima awal tahun 2015.

PP-PPD: 17-18 Jan
PPL: 24-25 Jan
PP-PPT: 7-8 Feb

Masa: 8.30-5pm
Tempat: I Smart Educare, Kepong
Yuran: RM350 (+10 jika nak kita pos sijil)
Borang: Boleh muat turun di sini http://jpkmalaysia.com/?page_id=30

* Yuran kursus RM100 adalah untuk calon yang pernah ikuti kursus induksi yang sama dengan I Smart Educare dalam masa 2001-2014. PERLU BUKTI berikut:
Sijil asal induksi berkenaan.


Untuk kes-kes ulangan (refresher course) yang lain (bukan ikuti dengan I Smart sebelum ini ataupun tidak dapat buktikan dengan sijil, yuran istimewa juga akan diperuntukkan.
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Pay vocational graduates proportionately: Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR: Industries should offer graduates of vocational and skills training institutes salaries which commensurate with the qualification and skills they possess, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

According to him, the salaries offered so far were not up to expectations, despite the high amount spent by the government in improving the quality of education at vocational and skill training institutes.

“Several countries with high technical competency such as Germany, Japan and South Korea have raised the standard of training skills that people in these countries have such high regards for those in these fields,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after delivering a talk titled ‘Malaysia’s Human Capital Towards High Income Economy’ at the University of Technology Malaysia’s (UTM) Kuala Lumpur campus, here Thursday.

Khairy said, the public, especially parents too needed to change their perception that only students who do not excel academically go through vocational education and skill trainings.

“Most parents want their children to be doctors, engineers, lawyers without seeing the potential of their children in the technical field, a field which is just as important for the economic development of the country,” he said.

Khairy said, graduates of vocational and skill training institutes also have high employability value.

He cited the National Youth Training Institute (IKBN) as having graduate employability level of up to 83 percent and efforts were being made to increase it to 90 percent by 2016.

“IKBN work alongside with several big companies such as Petronas, Samsung and Tan Chong Motors and Automotive Institute of Malaysia to ensure courses available suit industries’ needs and these companies provide training for students,” he said.

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my (5th December 2014)

 

 

MAKLUMAT TAMBAHAN BAGI PERMOHONAN PB YANG MEMPEROLEHI PENARAFAN CEMERLANG (“5 BINTANG” UNTUK PENGECUALIAN LAWATAN VERIFIKASI

1.Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa JPK telah meluluskan pengecualian lawatan verifikasi boleh diberikan kepada PB yang memperolehi penarafan bintang CEMERLANG (“5”) bagi program berkaitan dan jenis permohonan seperti berikut:

a.Pembaharuan permohonan pentauliahan;
b.Pentauliahan penambahan program bagi peningkatan tahap program yang sama; dan
c.Pentauliahan perubahan program NOSS jumud atau dikaji semula bagi program sedia ada

2.Sehubungan itu, pusat bertauliah yang berkenaan boleh mengemukakan permohonan kepada Jabatan untuk pengecualian lawatan bagi program yang mendapat penarafan CEMERLANG (“5 Bintang”) dengan melengkapkan  Borang Permohonan Pentauliahan Pusat Bertauliah dan Program Kemahiran (JPK/T/KAPPK/01) sedia ada beserta borang Maklumat Tambahan Bagi Permohonan PB Yang Memperolehi Penarafan Program Cemerlang Untuk Pengecualian Lawatan Verifikasi seperti di Lampiran 1. 

3.Bagi PB yang tidak mengemukakan permohonan pengecualian lawatan, lawatan verifikasi akan dijalankan mengikut prosedur sedia ada.

4.Kelulusan pengecualian lawatan verifikasi ini berkuatkuasa mulai 1 September 2014.

Ketua Pengarah
Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran

Sumber: www.dsd.gov.my


Vocational courses no longer second choice, says DPM

JOHOR BARU: Technical studies and vocational courses are no longer seen as the second choice among students who choose to pursue tertiary studies in non-academic fields.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the courses have become the first choice as such skills have highly marketable prospects upon graduation.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister said Saturday that besides community colleges and institutions, a lot of higher education institutions like Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) offering diploma and degree courses in the skill-based courses.

“I encourage more SPM or similar graduates to take the opportunity to continue their studies in technical and vocational courses to add to the high-skill, high-income workforce in the country,” he said.

Muhyiddin said that in his speech during the closing ceremony of the “Jom Masuk U” carnival at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here.

Source: The Star Online

Kursus Induksi PP-PPD (terakhir sebelum bulan Puasa / Raya)

Tarikh: 21-22 Jun 2014
Masa: 8.30-5pm
Tempat: I Smart Educare, Metro Prima Kepong @ ISBA UK Academy, Kepong (tertakhluk kepada jumlah peserta)

WAJIB untuk: PPB (Pengurus Pusat Bertauliah), PPD (Pegawai Pengesah Dalaman) & PP (Pegawai Penilai)

Jika berminat, sila muat turun borang di sini dan emel ke ismarteducare [at] gmail.com.

Segala kemudahan kursus, nota, makan dan minum disediakan sepanjang tempoh kursus dijalankan.

PS: Bagi mereka yang berminat untuk dilantik sebagai PP-PPT, kursusnya juga akan dianjurkan pada 21-22 Jun 2014 (Daftar awal untuk pengesahan tempat)

Kursus Induksi PP-PPT

Tarikh: 21-22 Jun 2014
Tempat: Metro Prima Kepong, KL
Masa: 8.30-5pm
Yuran: RM350
Objektif Kursus
  • Memberi kefahaman kepada peserta mengenai konsep perlaksanaan Pensijilan Kemahiran Malaysia melalui kaedah PPT
  • Memberi pendedahan mengenai peranan dan tanggungjawab personel Persijilan Kemahiran Malaysia dalam perlaksanaan kaedah PPT
  • Memberi pendedahan kepada peserta mengenai prosedur, syarat dan kaedah penilaian persijilan melalui kaedah PPT
  • Memberi pendedahan kepada peserta mengenai pembangunan portfolio melalui kaedah PPT

Faedah Kursus

Faedah kursus kepada peserta

  • -Berpengetahuan mengenai, Pengiktirafan Persijilan melalui konsep Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (PPT)
  • -Berpengetahuan mengenai bagaimana memperolehi Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia dalam masa yang singkat
  • -Peningkatan kelayakan personel untuk pembangunan kerjaya
  • -Dapat menyediakan panduan & motivasi kepada masyarakat dalam meningkatkan taraf pendidikan & kelayakan
  • -Berpeluang menjadi Tenaga Pakar Industri Negara (DPIN) Persijilan yang diiktiraf oleh pihak Awam & Swasta

Faedah kursus kepada organisasi

  • -Pekerja mempunyai motivasi yang tinggi
  • -Mempunyai personel yang berkelayakan & diiktiraf
  • -Majikan dapat menjimatkan kos pembangunan kerjaya pekerja
  • -Aset dalam aspek promosi & pemasaran
  • -Meningkatkan kualiti Pusat bertauliah dan daya saing
  • -Memenuhi keperluan jaminan mutu pentauliahan personel Pusat Bertauliah seperti -yang ditetapkan oleh JPK

Muat turun borang di: http://jpkmalaysia.com/?page_id=30

PSMB CEO removed for speaking out against contract scandal

KUALA LUMPUR: The multi-million ringgit skills certification scandal at the Human Resources Development Corporation (PSMB) was marked by an intriguing power play that led to the removal of its chief executive officer.

Ali Badaruddin Abdul Kadir lost his job as the CEO early last month because he disagreed with the award of a lucrative contract to Bena College, which has no track record in running the “Recognition of Prior Learning” (RPL) programme. He was appointed as CEO in August 2013 on a two-year contract.

Sources said the scandal involved a high-level personnel shake-up with trails leading to the office of Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.

Before he left, Ali Badaruddin held a meeting with his staff, running down PSMB’s decision to award the contract to Bena.

Ali Badaruddin’s removal upset some staff who then tipped off the media about the wrongdoings.

The CEO’s removal came on the heels of secretary-general Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman’s swift transfer out of the ministry early this year, together with a number of other high-ranking officers.

They are said to be “non-compliant” with directives from “certain powerful people” in the ministry.

To complicate matters, a new CEO, said to be nominated by the minister’s office, had been prevented from taking office as his appointment did not adhere to bureaucratic procedures.

PSMB, an agency under the Human Resources Ministry, administers the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which manages about RM1 billion in mandatory employer contributions for human capital development.

Recently, the government announced a RM400 million allocation for upskilling and reskilling programmes which cover the RPL and Malaysian Skills Certificate (MSC) programmes, among others.

Many workers in Malaysia acquired work skills on the job or through apprenticeships but have no documents to back them up. In fact, one of the ministry’s key performance indicators (KPI) is to get 700,000 unskilled workers “certified” by 2015.

It was claimed that the ministry had approved accreditation based on a separate module from the one traditionally recognised by the Department of Skills Development (DSD).

A major bone of contention was that Bena had been awarded the contract to assess so-called “skilled” workers based on standards that were much lower than DSD’s.

A 45-page report detailing the alleged wrongdoings had been sent to the higher-ups, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the sources said.

Among other things, the report questioned why no tender was called for the project despite the huge amount involved.

Potentially, there’s a lot of money to be made from training assessors capable of assessing employees. This is why Bena wanted to be part of the RPL scheme.

Formerly known as Bantin College, Bena is founded by Thomas Leong, who runs the Bengkel Niaga Ala Cina, an entrepreneur-training outfit which teaches Malay students how to “do business like the Chinese masters”.

Bena had recently advertised in a leading newspaper that it was recruiting assessors who had to pay RM400 to attend a one-day workshop on how to do RPL assessment.

The Heat reported that a training company representative who attended the workshop said it only lasted a couple of hours, and the assessment was too simplistic.

Bena had apparently impressed the ministry with its collaboration with a body called the Great Britain Consortium of Colleges (GBCC), which comprises four UK government colleges. GBCC would issue certificates for those assessed as “skilled” in their field.

Under the RPL by Bena, PSMB pays the assessor RM300 for each person who has been certified as “skilled” and an undisclosed amount to GBCC for issuing the certification, the sources said.

“If an assessor can find 100 people to be certified each month, he would make RM30,000 every month. In a year, that’s RM360,000. If you have 100 assessors, PSMB would need to fork out RM360 million a year. On top of that, HRDF still needs to pay GBCC for each certified worker,” a source said.

It is understood an undisclosed sum would also be paid to Bena, although it is unclear whether from PSMB or from GBCC.

- See more at: http://theantdaily.com/Main/PSMB%20CEO%20removed%20for%20speaking%20out%20against%20contract%20scandal#sthash.bUOgBKpf.MSLXZSSF.dpuf

Comment: I was one of those who attended the seminar for Assessor (last day), which was advertised as one whole day but ended quite early. Was very suspicious & reluctant (to attend) initially but was told by my friend who went on the 1st day where he says that the HR Minister came to officiate it & the DG of Department of Skill Development (DSD) was there too (probably due to a directive by the Minister)!  

It sounded fishy from the start, with a project of such huge magnitude being awarded to a company where it’s bank account name is called Bengkel Niaga Ala Cina. When I emailed to submit my resume for their so called assessment (by British counterpart) before approval to attend the Assessor seminar, I got a shocked that they replied YES to me in less than 10 minutes. Was thinking, did they really went through my profile or just accepted anyone who applied (because they would be getting RM400 per applicant/attendee for a day’s seminar – hey, they’re making much better $$ compared to my 2 days organising of induction course with the DSD – only can charge RM350/pax for 2 days of hardwork & limited to 60 vs their capacity of few hundreds per session!) So they claimed to have close to 1,000 participants over the week (5 days). Ahem, that’s a collection of about RM400,000 (perhaps after deducting operational cost, including so many Gwei Lo’s flight & accomodation at Hilton Hotel), think the organiser still made at least over hundred thousands (not sure who else he needs to pay…)
Conclusion: The concept looks great but the way it’s being planned to be implemented, it just doesn’t look professional and to be more crude, it looks more like a scam job! 

Kursus Induksi PP-PPT

Tarikh: 24-25 Mei 2014
Masa: 8.30-5pm
Tempat: I Smart Educare, Metro Prima Kepong @ Kolej Mahsa Prima, Kepong (tertakhluk kepada jumlah peserta)

Objektif Kursus

  • Memberi kefahaman kepada peserta mengenai konsep perlaksanaan Pensijilan Kemahiran Malaysia melalui kaedah PPT
  • Memberi pendedahan mengenai peranan dan tanggungjawab personel Persijilan Kemahiran Malaysia dalam perlaksanaan kaedah PPT
  • Memberi pendedahan kepada peserta mengenai prosedur, syarat dan kaedah penilaian persijilan melalui kaedah PPT
  • Memberi pendedahan kepada peserta mengenai pembangunan portfolio melalui kaedah PPT

Faedah Kursus

Faedah kursus kepada peserta

  • -Berpengetahuan mengenai, Pengiktirafan Persijilan melalui konsep Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (PPT)
  • -Berpengetahuan mengenai bagaimana memperolehi Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia dalam masa yang singkat
  • -Peningkatan kelayakan personel untuk pembangunan kerjaya
  • -Dapat menyediakan panduan & motivasi kepada masyarakat dalam meningkatkan taraf pendidikan & kelayakan
  • -Berpeluang menjadi Tenaga Pakar Industri Negara (DPIN) Persijilan yang diiktiraf oleh pihak Awam & Swasta

Faedah kursus kepada organisasi

  • -Pekerja mempunyai motivasi yang tinggi
  • -Mempunyai personel yang berkelayakan & diiktiraf
  • -Majikan dapat menjimatkan kos pembangunan kerjaya pekerja
  • -Aset dalam aspek promosi & pemasaran
  • -Meningkatkan kualiti Pusat bertauliah dan daya saing
  • -Memenuhi keperluan jaminan mutu pentauliahan personel Pusat Bertauliah seperti -yang ditetapkan oleh JPK

Jika berminat, sila muat turun borang di sini dan emel ke ismarteducare [at] gmail.com.

Segala kemudahan kursus, nota, makan dan minum disediakan sepanjang tempoh kursus dijalankan.

PS: Bagi mereka yang berminat untuk dilantik sebagai PPL, kursusnya pula akan dianjurkan pada 14-15 Jun 2014 (Daftar awal untuk pengesahan tempat)