Malaysia Set To Achieve Highly Skilled Workforce Target

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) — Malaysia can achieve its target of having 50 per cent of its workforce highly skilled by 2020, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Richard Riot.

He said at present only 28 per cent of the country’s 12 million workforce was highly skilled.

“While increasing the number skilled workers through vocational institutions such as industrial training institutes, the ministry is taking steps to reduce dependence on foreign labour,” he told reporters at the breaking of fast hosted by the ministry for the media here Tuesday night.

He expressed his confident that the number of foreign workers would be reduced gradually with the implementation of minimum wage in January next year.

“On the other hand, job seekers should not be choosy. There is a need to raise awareness that blue collar workers could fetch higher income than white collar workers like in developed countries,” he added.

Present was ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman.


Malaysian lad shines at World Skills Competition

Chen showing his medallion of excellence and ‘Best of the nation’ medallion which he won in Germany.

Chen showing his medallion of excellence and ‘Best of the nation’ medallion which he won in Germany.

SEPANG: Chen Kim Leun’s mother is known for cooking simple food. The Negri Sembilan-born lad, on the other hand, is now known for creating complex dishes that can stand head-to-head with the world’s best.

At 22, Chen is ready to show the world what an outstanding cook he is, and he did so marvellously by clinching a medallion of excellence at the recently concluded 42nd World Skills Competition (WSC) held in Leipzig, Germany.

Open to those who are not older than 22, the WSC is dubbed as the “Olympics” for skilled youth and it provides a biennial platform for highlighting the very best in vocational training.

Every two years, hundreds of young skilled people from all over the world, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather together to evaluate themselves against international benchmarks for 46 categories of skilled trades.

A recent graduate in culinary arts from Taylor’s University, Chen did not expect he would go that far, even though he kept his composure while whipping up two appetisers, four main courses and two desserts.

“I never imagined any medals because the competition was stiff and the weather was challenging for me (a rather chilly summer). We were also required to present Western cuisine, which was an advantage for European contestants, but I did not give up,” said Chen, who hails from Bahau.

In the end, although eight other Malaysians also obtained medallions in their respective fields, Chen, who was awarded champion in culinary art at the 2012 Malaysia Skills Competition as well as gold at the Asean Skills Competition, walked away with the highest overall score compared to his fellow Malaysians.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot, who welcomed the contingent home at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday, was beaming with pride.

“This is the 10th time that Malaysia has participated in the WSC and gaining the medallion for excellence has been our best achievement in various categories so far. I believe in the dedication of our skilled youths and I am confident that we can bring back at least one bronze medal at the next WSC, which will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.”

Meanwhile, Chen himself is already aiming high.

“In five years’ time, I wish to see myself performing better at more competitions and hopefully, to run my own fine dining restaurant,” he said.

Source: Star Online – 10th July

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Only 28 Per Cent Of 12 Million Work Force In Malaysia Are Highly Skilled

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 (Bernama) — Only 28 per cent of the 12 million work force in Malaysia are highly skilled, said Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Ismail Abdul Mutalib.

As such, he said the Human Resource Ministry would cooperate actively with the Education Ministry and the private sector to achieve the target of 50 per cent of the work force comprising highly skilled workers by the year 2020.

“Registration for vocational courses would be increased from time to time to reach 300,000 places compared with only about 130,000 places currently,” he told reporters after officiating the 2nd International Skills Conference 2013, here Monday.

Ismail said strategic cooperation with the private sector was also important in efforts to transfer technology and expertise from abroad to churn out skilled work force among the locals.

“We will increase forums at the international level such as the one today where the local delegates who were present had vast opportunities to exchange ideas with the developed nations such as Australia and the United Kingdom,” he said.

The two-day conference, themed ‘Tranforming the Skills Workforce: Realising Opportunities and Challenges’, was organised by The National Association of Private Educational Institutions (NAPEI) in collaboration with The Victoria State Government, Australia.

Earlier Ismail and State of Victoria’s Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Malaysia institutions of higher learning and Australia’s State of Victoria’s Vocational and Education Training (VET) providers.

The strategic partnerships were signed between National Association of Private Educational Institutions (NAPEI) president, Professor Elajsolan Mohan and Senior Advisor of Northern Melbourne Institute TAFE (NMIT), Mal Rowe for train-the-trainer programme in Malaysia and the signing between Universiti Tun Hussein Onn and NMIT were represented by its Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Mohd Noh Dalimin and Rowe for skills training, research and development collaboration.

Manufacturing engineering training courses between Tech Terrain College and NMIT were represented by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Raja Ratnam and Rowe while GippsTAFE and Beyond Petroleum were represented by both CEOs, Peter Whitley and Nurazida Daud respectively.

The MoU aimed to strengthen Malaysia’s VET education while enhancing higher education courses through collaborations with education service providers from Victoria.

Victorian VET institutions had delivered training solutions in the South East Asia region for animal husbandry, tourism and hospitality, food and safety preparation, building and construction and more.

Source: BERNAMA, 17th June 2013


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Vocational education, an attractive option

Way to go: Muhyiddin trying out a solar-powered car created by students from Kolej Vokasional Arau in Perlis as student Azruk Abdul Rahim, 17, looks on. – BernamaWay to go: Muhyiddin trying out a solar-powered car created by students from Kolej Vokasional Arau in Perlis as student Azruk Abdul Rahim, 17, looks on. – Bernama

VOCATIONAL and technical education has proven to be increasingly popular among students as it saves time and money.

Those who opt to enter a vocational college after sitting for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) will receive their diplomas after just four years of studies, as opposed to the common pathway which is to sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Students pursuing vocational and technical education which is based on the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia curriculum will be exposed to practical components to strenghten their knowledge and skills that will enhance their career prospects.

Just ask vocational student, S. Lakxessnah, 16, who said taking up the vocational school pathway was a wise decision.

The database management system student saw it as a “fast-track” to acquire tertiary qualifications.

“Instead of taking the conventional pathway (which is to sit for SPM), I will get my diploma when I am 19. It is not for weak students but for people like me who already have a clear idea on what we want to do with our future,” said the Kolej Vokasional Perdagangan Johor Baru student.

Lakxessnah was one of the students who attended the 1Malaysia Kolej Vokasional carnival in Klang recently.

The Kolej Vokasional Perdagang-an Johor Baru student, came to the career carnival with her schoolmates and teachers.

The objective of the four-day carnival was to highlight the various courses available as well as the career alternatives for vocational and technical school leavers.

It is also to disseminate information of the Government’s initiatives to transform the vocational and technical education.

The Government has vowed to transform the technical education and vocational training (TEVT) sector in a move to make TEVT more appealing to students.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was a need to produce at least 3.3 million skilled workers in the next 10 years in order to meet the demands of the country’s economic developments.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the average enrolment of upper secondary students in technical and vocational courses in Malaysia was about 10%, compared to the average 44% enrolment of students from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

In Germany, Finland and Austria, for example, 50% to 80% students pursued vocational education at upper secondary level or through apprenticeship.

“We received 117,000 applications to enter vocational colleges while we can acommodate up to 21,000 students. This is very encouraging and we should provide more places for those interested,” he said.

Student Nurul Ain Fatihah Mohd Hisam, 16, said society should regard vocational education as a desirable study option.

She said vocational and technical schools were a great place to discover talents.

“The Government is actively promoting such education because it is a good way to identify and groom young people who can in turn help contribute to the economy of our country,” she said.

Kolej Vokasional Klang student T. Peravin said it was time for the public to change their perception about vocational education.

“For those who think vocational and technical education is just for weak students, they should come to our college and see for themselves.

“The institution offers comprehensive education because there are both theoretical and practical components,” he added.

Source: The Star Online – 21st April 2013

COMMENT: This is a very good initiative by the current government but I hope the corrupted practice during procurement of equipments/materials by these government owned colleges/institutions can be minimised (I don’t believe it can be totally eradicated in a short span of time) by hopefully a BERSIH government!

Boeing in discussion with Malaysia on human capital development

LANGKAWI, March 26 (Bernama) — Boeing is in discussions with the Malaysian government to form a partnership for human capital development to strengthen the country’s aerospace industry.

Boeing Military Aircraft Vice President F/A-18E/F & EA-18 Programs, Michael K. Gibbons said the company is ready to implement various human capital development activities to achieve the desired objective.

“We can work on vocational training and offer professional training for engineers between college and real world applications.

“We also can help out with primary and secondary schools in the area that we call, The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM),” he told Bernama in an interview.

“We are in discussions in a conference here on some options to help in these areas,” Gibbons, who is here attending the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA’13) for the first time, said.

During the 12th Biennial LIMA’13 Exhibition and Conference starting today until March 13, Boeing will be participating in a “Career Day” programme.

“This could be seen as a take-off to the human capital programme between us and Malaysia,” Gibbons said.

In another development, he said Boeing is in dialogue with the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) about specifically offering the Super Hornet as a suitable new multi-role combat aircraft.

“The Super Hornet is probably well suited for the RMAF. It is the next generation aircraft that anybody looks for as they replace older aircraft.

“The Super Hornet is available in the time frame that Malaysia is looking at in wanting to retire the MIG-29,” Gibbons said.

In terms of capability, he said the Super Hornet is an incredibly flexible aircraft which has the ability to do everything from air-to-air defence to air-to-ground strikes.

“It can also provide air support to troops on the ground and assist in intelligence gathering missions,” he added.

Source:, 26th March 2013

Govt to continue providing technical, vocational training for teenagers

Source: NST Online – 18th March 2013

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