Preparing Malaysians for the work of the future

The integration of on-the-job training and lifelong learning into TVET curriculum can ensure that graduates are job-ready, yet adaptable to changing skills requirements.

“WHAT do you want to be when you grow up?” This is one question we have all been asked at one point in our lives, whether the answer requires a 350-word essay or just one-word, usually referring to a job.

How does one answer this same question today with automation taking place and the fact that many jobs of the future do not exist yet?

A good example is social media jobs. It is hard to imagine a high-paying social media job a decade ago and this same job may be completely transformed in the near future, if it still exists at all.

Over one-third of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will probably have changed five years from now based on research by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The young people today will need a portfolio of skills and capabilities to navigate the complex world of work in the future.

In fact, a report by Deloitte University Press on “Re-imagining Higher Education” predicts that 50 per cent of the content in an undergraduate degree will be obsolete within five years due to the impact of digital transformation.

While we talk about the future of work — which jobs will disappear and which will remain — we also need to shift the focus to understand the skills and capabilities in demand.

Another WEF report, The Future of Jobs, identified complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as the top three skills out of 10 that workers will need in 2020.

Although active listening is considered a core skill today, the report said that it will completely disappear from being an important skill at the workplace. Instead, emotional intelligence is said to become one of the top skills needed by all in the future.

Linear careers, where the path begins with the choices you made in the subjects you studied at university before entering the world of work, will be far less common. There is a strong need to constructively engage employers in changing the education system in the years to come.

The allocation of RM4.9 billion for TVET (technical and vocational education training) institutions in the 2018 Budget is definitely more necessary now than ever before to prepare for the work of the future.

Malaysia plans to have 35 per cent of skilled workforce by 2020 to achieve a high-income nation status. The government has also set a goal to increase the country’s percentage of skilled workers to 45 per cent by 2030. It is about time the country upgrades its TVET system.

If there is one thing that TVET can do is that it could provide a means of tackling unemployment. Vocational education tends to result in a faster transition into the workplace and countries that place greater emphasis on TVET have been successful in maintaining low youth unemployment rates.

However, a negative social bias has often prevented young people from enrolling in TVET. Although vocational subjects are more varied, they are often poorly understood.

Many people associate vocational track programmes with low academic performance, poor quality provision and blocked future pathways that do not lead to higher education. Young people and parents shun vocational education, which they regard as a “second-choice” education option.

Academic subjects are valued more highly than vocational ones. Medicine, law and engineering are seen as career options with huge earnings potential. Several academic studies also caution against specialising vocational subjects at a young age because they are more specific and directly related to particular occupations.

For TVET to be valued as the equal of academic education, further education providers should not be overlooked.

The integration of on-the-job training and lifelong learning into TVET curriculum can ensure that graduates are job-ready yet adaptable to changing skills requirements. The funding is necessary so that TVET institutions can upgrade learning environments and invest in professional development. In return, it can raise teaching quality by increasing the qualification levels of the instructors and making pedagogical training obligatory.

Finland is one example of TVET success — a result of external and internal policy shifts — that we can learn from. The country’s systematic efforts since 2000 to upgrade the quality and status of TVET has lead to an increased percentage of application for the programmes from the Finnish youth.

TVET institutions in this country received the same basic and development funding as general education institutions. The curriculum has been restructured to include the national core curriculum required for access to university, as well as strong on-the-job training and lifelong learning components. TVET students are allowed to progress to further studies at university or applied sciences level.

Many parents’ worst nightmare is seeing their child aimlessly chasing dream without achieving anything. It is time that we should retire asking the young ones on what they want to be when they grow up.

Instead, we should provide accurate information and exposure to where future jobs will exist, including the skills to craft and navigate their careers.

It looks like learning and adapting will become more apparent in the future of workforce. As more students will find themselves doing work that does not exist, we should prepare them intellectually, socially and emotionally to continuously adapt to changes.

Source: www.nst.com.my

 

Manyin: Stop stigmatising vocational education

Manyin presents a trophy and certificate to a student. At left is Kuching Vocational College director Ng Fook Yin. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Vocational education should not be stigmatised as an option for dropouts because skilled workers are key to steering Malaysia towards developed nation status.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong stressed that parents should instead motivate their children to go for vocational training.

According to him, as early as the 1970s, vocational education became stigmatised as the option for dropouts who failed to excel in public examinations.

“At that time, people thought that you’re there because you’re a dropout, so vocational school was not very popular. Our education system is academic-centric and does not emphasise skills training,” he said during the Kuching Vocational College’s awards presentation ceremony yesterday.

“This is why today we are so far behind in terms of skilled workers compared to other developed nations.” Manyin said Malaysia only has a 7 per cent skilled workforce at present compared to South Korea’s 96 per cent, Germany at 80 per cent, the United States at 75 per cent, and China at 45 per cent.

“Malaysia has only 7 per cent, so how do we compete with the world? So we don’t talk about the 4.0 industrial revolution. We are now still at 2.0 industrial stage,” he lamented.

Manyin pointed out that in the next five to 10 years, about 80 per cent of jobs would be science- and engineering- or skills-based.

He also quoted a projection that 1.5 million jobs in Malaysia would require skills training by 2020.

“Our education system is too exam-oriented and in Malaysia, people are embarrassed to tell others that ‘I’m a plumber’ or ‘I’m an electrician’. In Germany, they don’t ask you what degree you have, but what skills you have,” he added.

He stressed that with the right training, skilled workers could even earn more than those in other sectors.

“Get the correct training and you will be the future of Malaysia. When we reach 4.0 industrial revolution, those with degree qualifications might not be able to get jobs but with specific skills, you will be competitive and employable.

Let vocational training be the first choice for our boys and girls. Tell the world that you have skills, that you can be more productive than others,” he said.

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Kenapa perlu hadir?
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Syarat
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Siapa yang patut hadir?
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Berpengetahuan mengenai Pentauliahan Persijilan melalui konsep Persijilan & Sistem Latihan Dual Nasioan (SLDN).
Peningkatan kelayakan personel untuk pembangunan kerjaya
Dapat menyediakan panduan & motivasi kepada masyarakat dan organisasi dalam aspek pembangunan & penilaian Pusat Bertauliah.

Berpeluang menjadi Tenaga pakar Industri Negara (DPIN)
Persijilan yang diiktiraf oleh pihak Awam & Swasta

Faedah kursus kepada organisasi

-Mempunyai aset dalam aspek jaminan mutu pentauliahan Pusat Bertauliah
-Mempunyai personel yang berkelayakan & diiktiraf
Kualiti Pusat Bertauliah dan daya saing dapat ditingkatkan

Siapa yang patut hadir?
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b) Calon Pegawai Pengesah luaran SLDN
c) PP-PPT yang ingin dilantik sebagai PPL-PPT
d) Individu yang terlibat dengan pengendalian Pusat Bertauliah

Kenapa perlu hadir?
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b) Memahami tugas dan tanggungjawab PPL
c) WAJIB untuk perlantikan sebagai PPL, PPL-PPT, PPL-SLDN

Syarat
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b) Warganegara Malaysia atau PR
c) Telah lulus kursus induksi PP-PPD

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Degree no longer a ticket to jobs, says Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister

PUTRAJAYA – A university degree is not a ticket to get jobs and it may even be a stumbling block at times.

Deputy Education Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon said some graduates had to use their SPM qualifications to apply for jobs after their degrees literally led them nowhere.

“This is very sad but a reality,” he said.

He added that they do not even dare to reveal that they were degree holders for fear of being deemed “over qualified”, which could reduce their chances of being taken in by prospective employers.

In a interview with The Star yesterday, Chong said there were various factors for graduates failing to get jobs.

Apart from an increasingly competitive job market and a slowing economy, he said other reasons included a mismatch between the supply of the types of graduates and the availability of jobs relevant to their qualifications.

“The trend is to go for prestige-sounding courses like engineering, law and accountancy besides medicine and pharmacy for instance.

“Most parents and their children are either ignorant of the problems of mismatch later or they just follow the trend.

“Some of the graduates also find out later that they just do not make the cut for their chosen field,” he said, with many opting to do all sorts of sales jobs to survive.

While many, if not all parents, want their children to have a university degree, Chong advised them to be pragmatic in their choices.

He pointed out that some people were more suited to be a skilled worker and thus vocational or technical training was suitable for them.

“But sad to say, not many people in Malaysia turn to vocational or technical training.

“They do not see such courses as a choice but a last resort,” he said, advising Malaysians to review their perception on this.

In fact, Chong said vocational and technical training was already very popular in advanced countries, comprising 70 per cent of students in Germany and 60 per cent of students in Taiwan.

“Those with training in a field they have interest in can go far in their career. Opting for a course just because it was trendy could spell the beginning of many disappointments,” he said.

– See more at: http://business.asiaone.com/news/degree-no-longer-ticket-jobs-says-malaysias-deputy-education-minister#sthash.7nqbS7YP.dpuf

Penang inks RM2m German skill training programme to meet industry needs

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang’s unemployment figures have remained encouraging with the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia now at 1.2 per cent. — Picture by K.E. OoiPenang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang’s unemployment figures have remained encouraging with the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia now at 1.2 per cent. — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, Oct 6 — In a bid to meet the high demand for skilled workers in the state, Penang introduced today the first ever RM2 million German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT) programme with the signing of the training programme agreement.

Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) signed the agreement with the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) and several host companies for an international training programme aimed to train students on-the-job.

“The vocational schools by the Education Ministry have failed to deliver in terms of quality graduates and this GDVT will fill the needs by the industry for skilled workers,” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said, after witnessing the signing.

The DAP-led Penang government sponsored RM2 million towards the programme which will be conducted on-the-job at participating companies such as B Braun, Bosch, Carsem (M) Sdn Bhd, Dynacraft Industries, Inari Technology, Osram and Southern Steel.

“This is a German dual vocational training system and the first of its kind to be introduced in Malaysia,” Lim said at his speech during the signing ceremony at PSDC today.

He pointed out the uniqueness of the programme in which the students are hired by the training company as regular staff with a monthly salary while they are also getting trained concurrently at PSDC.

The first programme under the GDVT scheme in Penang is for mechatronics with a first batch of 22 students.

“We hope to open application for students not working in companies because the state government hopes to take in 500 to 600 students through our sponsorship,” Lim said.

He said the programme will also serve to reduce income inequality in Penang while improving the skills of a segment of the workforce.

“I hope more programmes such as this will be offered in future to result in more specialists in the local labour market,” he said.

Lim also said Penang’s unemployment figures have remained encouraging with the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia now at 1.2 per cent.

Earlier, PSDC chairman Dr Juergen Schloesser said the GDVT programme is designed to upskill the existing technical workforce, especially from the operator and junior technician levels.

The main objective is to give employees an opportunity to acquire a recognised Malaysian Skills Diploma with a German Chamber (AHK) accreditation, he added.

PSDC will also be rolling out new modules to cover other industry sectors under the GDVT programme by next year.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/penang-inks-rm2m-german-skill-training-programme-to-meet-industry-needs#sthash.r6KGPVIX.dpuf

Vocational education mooted as girls leave behind ‘lost boys’

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Putrajaya has launched a pilot programme for vocational training in a bid to narrow the education divide between both sexes as girls continue to outnumber and outshine boys in secondary school. Singapore’s Straits Times (ST) reported today the government’s “taster programme” was this year introduced in 15 schools to “expose academically weak male pupils starting from the age of 13 to vocational skills in areas such as carpentry and electrical wiring” and as a means to keep them in schools. “We are trying to catch potential dropouts before they fall out of the system,” Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong was quoted as saying by the Straits Times today. He added those in the scheme earn certificates for each year of study completed, with the Form Four certificate being the vocational equivalent of the usual Form Five school certificate. The ST report said its purpose was to teach these “lost boys” work and life skills, and keep them in school long enough that they do not end up on the streets. The “lost boys” phenomenon was raised in the preliminary National Education Blueprint launched this month which warned of the risk of creating a “community of educationally marginalised young Malaysian men”. Referring to the blueprint, the ST article noted reports on interviews with parents and teachers suggest that some boys struggle with mainstream academic curricula and would benefit from vocational training. This in turn reflected UNICEF’s report last year that from 2005 to 2009, 34 per cent of 500,000 primary pupils a year in Malaysia did not move on to secondary school. Most were boys, with 85 per cent from poor families. Girls now make up 70 per cent of intake at some major universities and performed better in school examinations from primary school onwards. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) educationist Dr Abdul Jalil Ali said shifting towards vocational education could be one way to ensure that all young Malaysians learn some useful skills. “Not everyone thrives in the academic world. The country also needs highly skilled workers,” he told the ST. However, he explained the government now needs to review teaching methods to keep boys interested as research has shown that girls and boys learn differently — girls tend to learn well in classrooms while boys are less likely to enjoy passive learning.

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