Kawasaki launches Superbike Training Programme

After signing a memorandum of understanding with the GIATMARA vocational skills training institute in November 2016, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) today launched the Superbikes Training Programme at the GIATMARA centre in Batu Caves, Selangor. The event also saw the exchange of a Memorandum of Agreement between the KMSB and GIATMARA.

The event was officiated by Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri and the programme is designed to produce trained technicians with experience and expertise in servicing Kawasaki superbikes. Sabri said GIATMARA trainees will obtain four months of skills training at the fully-equipped Kawasaki workshop at the GITAMARA centre before proceeding to three months of industrial training at the Kawasaki Exclusive Service Centre in Glenmarie.

Upon successful completion of training, the technicians will have the option of working at KMSB or authorised Kawasaki dealers throughout Malaysia, or obtaining a grant from MARA to set up their own workshop specialising in superbikes. The training workshop in the GIATMARA centre was setup at a cost exceeding RM100,000, including Kawasaki diagnostic equipment, specialised tools and an engine assembly clean room.

Meanwhile, Sabri said GIATMARA is also in the process of training qualified electrical technicians to meet the demands of Malaysia’s electrified rail network. These include existing networks such as the MRT and LRT, as well as the High Speed Rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the East Coast Rail Line.

Source: https://paultan.org

Najib to launch TVet Malaysia

MIRI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to launch Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVet) Malaysia on Sept 27.

Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said TVet Malaysia is the Ministry of Human Resources’ (KSM) branding initiative for its TVet programme.

“KSM will continue to empower TVet to be the top choice among the people, including through the launch of TVet Malaysia,” he told a press conference after the Manpower Training Institute (ILJTM) convocation ceremony at the Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Miri on Tuesday.

“I believe that through TVet Malaysia, the number of skilled workers in the country will be improve and will achieve the target of 35 per cent of skilled manpower by 2020.”

He stressed that TVet contributes to a high-income economy and should not be considered a second choice.

Riot added ILJTM will ensure its courses are relevant to National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

“I urge more students to venture into technical and vocational fields to a higher level to meet the needs of local and global industries,” he said.

He noted that 92 per cent of ILJTM graduates, including from ILP and Advanced Technology Training Centre (Adtec), were employed within six months after graduation.

The convocation ceremony saw the presentation of 129 diplomas and 664 certificates to ILP Miri, ILP Kota Samarahan and Adtec Bintulu graduates.

Ministry of Human Resources main driver in developing TVET in Malaysia

Datuk Seri Richard Riot

MIRI: The role of the Ministry of Human Resources as the main driver in developing technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Malaysia is undisputed, said its minister Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem.

According to him, various programmes have been designed through the Skills Development Department (JPK) to uphold skills training in tandem with the latest industry and technology development.

“The state has taken a serious emphasis on technical education in the effort to produce a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the industry, especially in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) development region.

He pointed out that the direct involvement of JPK and the state government in promoting skills training to youths is a proactive move.

“By organising Sarawak World Skills Competition 2017, which began in late August until September 2017, it proves our seriousness in recognising local youth talent in the competing skills fields so it can be featured until the international level,” he said at the ministry’s ‘Majlis Jalinan Ramah Mesra’ dinner here on Monday.

Riot pointed out that his ministry has always been involved in the industry to ensure that students at the Human Resources Department Training Institute (ILJTM) students are exposed to the latest training to enhance their skills.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by ILJTM in Sarawak with, among others, Petronas Carigali, Sarawak Energy and Telekom Malaysia. These collaborations are aimed at training students in relevant industry fields,” he said, adding such efforts are value-added to students and will make them more competitive, as well as increase their level of workability in the marketplace.

Riot also highlighted the achievements of former ILJTM graduates in their respective fields who are currently earning high salaries.

“I was made to understand that one of the graduates of Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Kota Samarahan, namely Michael Likik Engong, is working as a senior machinist at Heerema Marine Contractors in the Netherlands and is earning a monthly income above RM20,000.

“Congratulations too to ILP Miri on its Welder Arm project victory in the Asean New Invention Innovation category at Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2017 in Brunei last May. This proves that the Manpower Department (JTM) succeeds in producing high-profile and high-income human capital,” he said.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin and JTM deputy director general Norman Kusin were among those present at the dinner.

Go for hybrid education system, suggests Razak Baginda

August 22, 2017
He says there should be 50% vocational and 50% academic training, including at university level.
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PETALING JAYA: Centre for Global Affairs Malaysia (Icon) president Abdul Razak Baginda has suggested that Malaysia implement a hybrid system of education which combines vocational and academic training.

He was commenting on the country’s high number of unemployed graduates.

Recently, Bernama reported that 54,103 graduates were unemployed last year even after six months of completing their studies.

Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said the number was based on the Graduands Detection Survey System (SKPG), which recorded 238,187 students at institutions of higher learning had completed their studies last year.

Speaking to FMT, Razak said part of the problem was that the education system in the country was too streamlined.

“Not everyone is going to be a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon.

“So there’s no need for so much emphasis on academic training while completely ignoring vocational training,” he said.

“On the other hand, we do have vocational schools but we don’t have vocational schools at a higher level.

“That means that if you go to a vocational school, then you are doomed to be a mechanic from a certain level for the rest of your life. There are very few avenues for you to go above that.”

He noted that universities offered internship programmes but said this wasn’t enough.

He said a hybrid system was being practised in some advanced countries such as Germany, but civil servants in Malaysia weren’t creative enough to think of such a solution.

“We should be more creative and think of a hybrid system which is 50% vocational training and 50% academic training,” he said.

“Some people say that when you graduate from a university, you know how bicycles are made but you don’t know how to ride a bicycle. So what’s the point?

“The idea of a hybrid system is you can ride a bicycle and you know how it works, and at the same time you know how to repair it.”

Pakatan Youth pledges a million jobs and affordable homes

Pakatan Youth pledges a million jobs and affordable homes
Amanah Youth deputy chief Faiz Fadzil says Pakatan Harapan Youth will create a million semi-skilled and skilled jobs, and a million affordable houses when it takes over the federal government. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Zainal Abd Halim, July 25, 2017.
PAKATAN Harapan (PH) Youth will make job opportunities and affordable housing a priority in its manifesto for the upcoming 14th general election.

These include creating a million semi-skilled and skilled jobs, and a million affordable houses if the opposition coalition takes over Putrajaya.

Amanah Youth deputy chief Faiz Fadzil said jobs can be created in the 3D (dirty, difficult, dangerous) sector merely by raising the minimum wage from RM1,000 to RM1,500.

Faiz also dismissed Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s assertion that youths are uninterested in 3D jobs, which caused employers to hire foreign labour to fill such positions.

“We will create skilled and semi-skilled jobs for graduates who qualify.

“We will also raise labour wages so interested locals will take up 3D jobs. Zahid said Malaysians were not interested in 3D jobs. I think that statement is unfounded,” he told a press conference at Amanah headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

He said the RM500 raise would be jointly funded by the government and employers using a fair cost-sharing mechanism, and the plan would be implemented within the first five years of a PH administration.

PH Youth also aimed to provide a million affordable homes by 2020 and to establish a body to be in charge of providing affordable homes.

A “housing x-change” mechanism would also be set up to ensure that affordable homes go only to those who need it to curb property speculation, which includes setting a national ceiling price for affordable homes at between RM250,000 and RM300,000, depending on location.

PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad pointed out that foreign labour issues have yet to be resolved despite several legalisation measures simply because Malaysia followed a low-pay economic model.

Nik Nazmi, who is Selangor executive councillor for education, human capital, science, technology and innovation, said this model is used by many countries, but the minimum wage here has not been increased.

“We’re addicted (to the economic model). So when the people cannot live with the low pay, we hire foreign workers,” Nik Nazmi said.

Using the PKR-led Selangor government as an example, he said PH Youth would focus on providing vocational training as an alternative and would not rely on the low-pay economic model which encouraged hiring foreign labour. – July 25, 2017.

Malaysia upbeat about skills target, but has much changed?

Its HR Minister is certain of hitting the 2020 target, but does the real situation on the ground put a dampener on things?

Despite the many obstacles that Malaysia is currently facing regarding the transformation of its workforce, HR Minister Datuk Richard Riot Jaem remains optimistic that the country is well on track to hitting its target of 35% skilled workers  in the workforce by 2020.

“In 2015, we raised it to 28% and in 2016, the number increased to 31%,” he told local media at the recent launch of the Labour Market Information Data Warehouse (LMIDW) project.

“With the increase, I’m very positive that our target can be achieved.”

As previously covered in HRM Magazine’s Malaysia country report, achieving those labour numbers is tied closely with the government’s goal of also attaining high-income status by 2020.

This goal, encompassing economic, political, and social development was formalised as “Vision 2020” in 1991 and the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 represents what current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak says is the country’s “final leg” of that long race to “enter the arena of developed nations”.

But Riot had himself noted last year that the skilled talent shortage in Malaysia is proving a major roadblock to those larger economic targets.

So what has changed since then for the favourable projection revision? And perhaps more importantly, will those numbers mean much for the government’s high-income target?

Although the Malaysian education ministry has placed greater emphasis on technical and vocational education and training, institutions are still struggling to produce graduates with the right skill sets to meet the requirements in those parts of the economy.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan also noted that most lower-skilled workers are more concerned about keeping their current jobs than looking to upskill to higher-paid job categories.

This lack of motivation to undergo training means they are also increasingly under both real and perceived pressure from immigrant labour, who are willing and able to work for lower wages. There are currently about 3.6 million foreign workers in Malaysia, significantly more than in previous decades.

This skills conundrum is further complicated by a series of other deep-rooted problems.

Data from the government-owned TalentCorp agency, for example, indicates a persistent movement of skills away from Malaysia. Some 2% of tertiary-educated aged 25 and above are now living and working outside of the country, generally because of higher salaries and improved career prospects.

As the labour market is still in transition, it will also be a few more years before a big economic impact can take place.

But Riot’s new-found optimism stems from his faith in initiatives like the LMIDW project, which he believes holds the key to solving the country’s employment issues.

He said the data warehouse will be able to analyse the Malaysia’s labour market, and even track and store comprehensive data of the country’s workforce.

“This will be able to maintain or reduce the country’s unemployment rate at 3.5%,” he said.

“The data will also reduce dependency on foreign workforce and issues of job mismatch.”

Earlier this year, Riot attributed the progress to efforts and initiatives implemented by the Human Resource Development Fund. This includes the 1MalaysiaGRIP programme, which he says “has been successful” in encouraging Malaysian employees to take up new skills.

With 2020 less than three years away, the clock is ticking fast and Malaysia still has to pick up the pace if Riot’s words are to be realised.

Source: http://www.hrmasia.com
Author: Kelvin Ong – 20 Jul 2017

Comment: 35% skilled workers in the workforce by 2020, believe this includes those that obtain their Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) via the Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (PPT) method. It’s great that those truly skilled & experienced personnels can obtain their SKM via PPT. Unfortunately, there are some bad apples in the industry where they ‘help, by charging exorbitant fees, even unqualified personnels to obtain the SKM‘.
You would have guess it right how these so called consultants & agents got it done 🙁

 

Concerns raised over racial polarisation at public vocational schools

Educationist says government should look into the extremely low non-Malay student enrolment at public vocational schools, noting that most non-Malays enrolled in private vocational institutions.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Public technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutes in Malaysia are dominated by Malay students, raising concerns among educationists of racial polarisation at such establishments.

Chang Yun Fah, who is a lecturer at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), claimed that over 90% of students enrolled at public TVET institutions were Malay.

“There appears to be a racial imbalance of ratio in the enrolment of students in public TVET institutes.

“A vast majority of these students belong to the Malay ethnic group. The cause of this must be ascertained and understood,” Chang said at a forum yesterday on issues concerning higher learning institutes.

Chang said in 2010, only 1.6% of about 60,590 students enrolled in public vocational and technical schools were non-Malay.

“While most Malays are in public TVET institutions, most non-Malays enrolled in private TVET institutions,” he added.

He said the government should address the issue and determine whether it is due to monocultural or monolingual environments.

“Academically weak non-Malay students who are not proficient in Bahasa Melayu must be given attention,” he said, adding that a multilingual approach in running TVET courses should be considered.

“Efforts in ensuring equal opportunities in TVET institutions should be included in the Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (HEB).”

To eliminate racial polarisation in TVET institutions, Chang said the education ministry should ensure in both policy and practice that all opportunities for education were open to all Malaysians, regardless of race or creed.

He was speaking at a forum after the launch of a book titled “Feedback and Recommendations on HEB 2015-2025”, a response by an education pressure group called the National Education Reform Initiative (NERI) to the education blueprint.

HEB was made public in April 2015.

NERI is a coalition of 17 non-governmental organisations created in 2014, comprising educationists, researchers and scholars.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

Comment: I personally view that one of the challenges is the delivery medium, where most if not all public TVET institutions teaches in the national language & the candidates are usually very weak in the language, hence they couldn’t cope or not interested with what’s being taught in their previous school prior to being a dropout or completed their studies with low academic results. 

Cambodia lifts 6-year ban on maids working in Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Cambodia has lifted its six-year ban on citizens going to Malaysia to work as maids, said Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Richard Riot on Thursday (May 25).
The first batch of Cambodian domestic workers will arrive in the country after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, he added.Riot said the decision was reached ”on the spot” during his meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Phnom Penh recently. 
“We reached an agreement in getting Cambodian domestic workers here as soon as possible,” he said at a press conference after launching the Guidelines and Tips for Employers of Foreign Domestic Helpers.

In 2011, the Cambodian government banned its citizens from working as domestic workers in Malaysia after incidents of beating of Cambodian maids by their Malaysian employers were reported.

Riot said a joint technical committee comprising senior officials from the Malaysian Human Resources Ministry and Cambodian Labour and Vocational Training Ministry was set up to finalise the terms and conditions in bringing in the Cambodian domestic workers.

“The number (of domestic workers coming to Malaysia) depends. The joint technical committee will sort it out,” he said.

Riot said the Cambodian domestic workers would undergo at least one month of training including learning Malaysian culture, and basic Bahasa Melayu and English before coming to Malaysia.

“I visited one of the centres in Cambodia. The centre will train them not only in daily household chores but also simple Bahasa Melayu and English, our culture, especially in the Muslim family. This is to avoid culture shock when they arrive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Association of Employment Agencies (Pikap) president Raja Zulkepley Dahalan welcomed the decision reached by the Malaysian and Cambodian governments.

“I hope to see more foreign domestic workers coming to Malaysia with the lifting of the ban. We badly need them but we don’t have the supply as the salary here is low,” he said when met by reporters.

“It is not easy to get domestic workers from Cambodia to come here as they prefer to work in countries like Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore where the salaries offered are high, up to US$400 while in Malaysia, it is up to about US$230,” he added.

Source: Bernama/hs

 

 

Vocational grads are in demand

KUALA LUMPUR: The starting salary of vocational and technical graduates at between RM2,000 and RM5,000 a month is comparable to university graduates, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

“They are highly sought after by industries – 90% of the cohort in our TVET (technical and vocational education and training) who graduated last year are already employed,” said Chong to reporters after the opening of the third High Officials’ Meeting on South-East Asia TVET here yesterday.

He reiterated his call to parents, particularly from the Chinese community, to change the outdated view that university education was more prestigious, especially when university graduates were struggling to secure jobs.

“Vocational and technical graduates don’t just end up opening beauty salons or bakeries, many of them work for multinational companies like (aircraft manufacturer) Boeing, which has a service centre in Malaysia.

“If your children aren’t interested in academic studies, don’t force them. Let them choose their career paths according to their interests,” he said.

Chong said the country urgently needed vocational graduates to build a skilled workforce which was necessary to support industries in aviation, automobile, manufacturing and oil and gas.

“Only 8% of our secondary students are in TVET.

“This is low compared to advanced countries like Germany and Switzerland, where almost 60% of their students are in TVET,” Chong said, adding that the Government also aimed to increase the percentage to 20% by 2020.

In line with that, Chong said the Government had introduced the “Upper Secondary School Industry Apprenticeship” (Pima) at a national school this year, and planned to roll it out to other interested national schools.

Involving only Form Four and Five students, those who join Pima will spend 70% of their time in industrial training and 30% in academic studies.

At the end of the programme, the students will receive a certificate – Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia.

The Government is also converting unused teachers’ training institutes into polytechnics and vocational colleges.

The High Officials’ Meeting on South-East Asia TVET aims to create a network among leaders in the field and related development agencies in the region.

It also promotes exchange programmes among lecturers and students, joint research programmes and industrial linkages.

Chong said Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia were among the most active in the network.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/24/chong-vocational-grads-are-in-demand-tvet-students-are-highly-sought-after-by-industries-and-earn-go/#aMG8HIuZv9p5JeZK.99

AVOID BEING FOOLED BY COLLEGES IN MALAYSIA!

Well, this was shared by one of my friend in the IPTS.

“Don’t get fooled by fake promises and offers, especially 2016 SPM Leavers and their parents!.

Misleading information such as Bantuan Kementerian Sumber Manusia, Peluang Ke Pengajian Tinggi, Diploma Kerajaan are very viral since the release of SPM results yesterday.

Please verify with the relevant authorities or consultants before making any decision. What you should know before choosing a college? Check for this basic 5 points as listed below!

1. Check whether they are registered with Ministry of Higher Education! There are some irresponsible parties offering diplomas and skills certificate without the approval from MOHE or DSD. There are cases of non genuine courses offered to the public under the name of Professional Diploma and Executive Certificate. So please stay alert folks.

2. Minimum entry requirement for a diploma programme which is accredited by MQA differs depending on the field of the programme. Exp:- Any hospitality related courses requires the candidates to obtain a pass in their SPM with minimum 3 credits. Skills certificates such as SKM requires a minimum age of 16 to enroll. So when it said Diploma, check for this details. If it is stated that minimum age of 16 and 3M as the requirements, it is Skills Certificate programme under the Department of Skills Development.
For the listing of DSD (or JPK in BM) Accredited Training Providers & their programmes, kindly search here

3. Are the courses fully accredited or still under provisional accreditation? You can check this by simply looking at their course code. Full accreditation will have the alphabet beginning with A*** and Provisional Accreditation will reflect PA at the beginning of the code. What is the meaning? PA is given to any new course that is approved by MQA to be offered in the institution. The college or institution need to be accessed again after 2 years of provisional period by MQA. If MQA feels that the college has met the minimum requirements and programme standard, the college will be given Full Accreditation. It is something like from a ‘P’ to Full driving license process.

4. Know your sponsor or financial assistance providers:-
PTPTN – provide loan for IPTA & IPTS programmes
PTPK – provide loan for JPK programmes

5. Compare the course structure!
Please ensure that relevant subjects are offered in the programme. Evaluate whether the subjects offered are industry based or competent. It is good to have a balance study of 50% theory and 50% practical. Rather that choosing Diploma in Business Management, consider joining Diploma in Baking Science or Diploma in Culinary or Diploma in Entrepreneurship. For an example:-

Course offered at MIB College:

Diploma in Baking Science & Technology. Apart from baking and food related subjects, the students are required to take subjects like Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Financial Management, Cost Accounting, Business Maths and many more!

So try putting yourself in the employers shoes and ask yourself. Do you prefer baking graduate or business graduate? Do you prefer students with merely paper based qualification or equipped with some hands on practical skills?

Remember! One of the reason for unemployment is lack of industrial competency of the graduates.