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.

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

Vocational training option for students after PMR

KAJANG: Secondary school students in selected institutions can sign up for the National Dual Training System (SLDN) after their Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR).“The enrolment of students in the programme is expected to reach 15,000 by next year,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassinat SM Vokasional Kajang yesterday.Previously, secondary school students who were interested in vocational training would have to wait until after their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).Muhyiddin added that the programme comprised a 70% practical component with host companies and 30% training at the educational institutions.

Currently, it is only available at three vocational institutions located here, in Sungai Buloh and Batu Pahat.

The programme will be extended to all 79 vocational colleges in stages by next year.

The SLDN, which is a collaborative programme with the Human Resources Ministry, will see courses offered in up to 53 fields.

“I believe SLDN will become a preferred choice in the future, with more multinational companies and industries taking part,” said Muhyiddin after the launch of the programme and the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Human Resources Ministry.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the initiative was in line with the 10th Malaysia Plan and was crucial if the country were to produce highly-skilled workers.

Source: The Star Online: 3rd October 2012