Polytechnics can help reduce dependence on foreign labour

Polytechnics can help reduce dependence on foreign labour - DPM Zahid

DPM AHMAD ZAHID: We are confident that the government education system also focuses on TVET, which is better than any qualification that is not too technical. -Bernama

BESUT: Establishing polytechnics that offer technical and vocational education and training (TVET) can reduce the country’s dependence on skilled and semi-skilled immigrant workers, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Then, immigrant workers would only be required for the 3D (dirty, difficult and dangerous) occupations, he said.

“With the establishment of polytechnics, the Higher Education Ministry targeted a total of 100,000 students nationwide. I strongly support the policy and operating system implemented by Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

“When polytechnics focus on TVET, it means emphasis on training of skilled and semi-skilled workers. We know that jobs in our country in these skills depend on immigrant workers,” he said at the ground-breaking for the Besut Polytechnic building in Bukit Keluang here.

Also present were Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman and Idris.

The polytechnic is the 34th established so far.

“We are confident that the government education system also focuses on TVET, which is better than any qualification that is not too technical,” said Ahmad Zahid.

He quoted statistics indicating that 85 per cent of polytechnic students secure employment within six months after graduation while 50 per cent of eligible students who pass the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination opt for polytechnics as their first choice in TVET.

Meanwhile, some 500 graduates were produced annually in the creative and information technology industries, he said, adding that he hoped that Idris would be able to work on producing 5,000 such graduates in the future.

“Education is an important asset of the country. It is also a long-term investment because we want to build social mobility.

“We want to improve the socio-economic status of the people,” he said.

The Besut Polytechnic was officially established on March 22 in line with the government recommendation under the 11th Malaysia Plan that promoted opportunities for technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

The Besut Polytechnic offers, among others, the Diploma in Digital Technology (Information Technology) and provides opportunities for students to contribute their skills in various sectors including agriculture, fisheries and manufacturing technology.

Besides the Besut Polytechnic, another polytechnic is to be built in Bagan Datuk, Perak, once the matter of land acquisition has been settled.

Source: BERNAMA

PM outlines several initiatives for TVET transformation

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak officiating the launch of TVET Malaysia at the Advanced Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) in Shah Alam on Sept 27, 2017. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki

SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today outlined several initiatives to transform Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the country, which includes developing a TVET Masterplan.

He said the masterplan will be streamlined by the Ministry of Human Resources with other ministries involved in TVET like the Higher Education Ministry and Education Ministry.

Secondly, the prime minister said the government would allocate RM50 million from 30% of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd’s (PSMB) accumulated funds, for TVET.

“For the information of all, PSMB has set aside 30% of levies collected by the Human Resource Development Fund as a pool fund to implement strategic programmes as an effort to support achieving of national objectives in raising the level of skilled workers in Malaysia,” he said when launching TVET Malaysia at the Advanced Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) here today.

Also present were Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

Najib said that to transform TVET, special attention must also be given to Industrial Revolution 4.0 so as to create a workforce that is able to compete on the world stage.

He said that to support this revolution, collaboration was being forged with Skills Development Centres, polytechnics, universities and companies, entailing an allocation of RM75 million.

“Besides this, the government will also review the rate and charges related to filing of intellectual property as well as incentives that are suitable to encourage more innovation especially through the TVET institution,” he said.

The prime minister said human capital that was highly skilled was very important in transforming the national economy and function to narrow the the skills gap the country was facing, particularly by industry.

As such, he said that with Malaysia heading to become a high income nation, the government was committed to five core thrusts in transforming TVET including training 300,000 Malaysians from the lower income or B40 group from now until 2025.

The B40 group, Najib said, involved rural residents, urban poor, Orang Asli, school leavers and dropouts, single mothers and unemployed people.

“The government also plans to introduce TVET to tahfiz students as value add for them, whereby besides memorising the Quran they would also have skills in TVET.

“At the same time, from now till 2025, the government will make efforts to train and raise the number of teaching staff in TVET, whereby we are targeting 20,000 more Vocational Training Officers, thus contributing to training a higher number of people to have TVET qualifications.

“Besides that, the number of specialist trainers in TVET will also be increased by 4,000 people in various TVET fields by 2025,” he said.

As for the second thrust, Najib said the government was committed to strengthen and intensify strategic Public-Private Partnership cooperation or between TVET and industry to create synergy in developing quality human capital.

The strategic cooperation, he explained, could be realised in various forms like industry contributing expertise or machinery and equipment for training in certain fields where the industrial market badly needs such human capital.

“Thirdly, for TVET graduates, career opportunities are not only limited in the industry, TVET graduates can also venture into business, especially technopreneurship or become technopreneurs in technical fields.

“Fourthly, in the 2017 Budget, the government has allocated RM20 million for the purpose of matching grants, where the financial provision is given at the same value of contributions received from industry for high impact TVET programmes. Surely, this grant can be utilised in joint ventures between public agencies and the private sector to train and produce more skilled manpower.

“Fifth is to brand the TVET institutions in this country as TVET Malaysia, where all TVET institutions under various ministries are united as a great collaboration to train Malaysians, especially young people to become a highly skilled technical workforce,” he said.

The prime minister said TVET Malaysia should be used as an ongoing campaign to attract Malaysians to choose TVET as the main choice in their career path.

Indirectly, Najib said it would be able to change and correct the negative perceptions of the people who often thought that TVET was the second or last choice and was only ventured into by those who did not have good academic qualifications.

In conjunction with the launch of TVET Malaysia, the prime minister also attended a TN50 dialogue session with students from TVET institutions nationwide, which aimed at gaining their aspirations in the field of human capital development in the future.

The event also recognised seven TVET icons who are successful in their career and business.

Source: BERNAMA

PM moots vocational training for tahfiz students

Najib today launched an initiative to rebrand all vocational training centres to spur a collaborative movement across several government ministries headed by the Human Resource Ministry. ― Bernama picSHAH ALAM, Sept 27 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today mooted providing technical and vocational training for students of Islamic religious schools, or tahfiz schools in Malaysia.

Najib said that providing such trainings for tahfiz students would allow them to gain valuable technical experience while becoming well versed in the Quran.

“I suggest introducing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to tahfiz students as an addition to their abilities. They would be well versed in Al-Quran and also have skills,” he said during the launch of a rebranding campaign for all vocational training centres in Malaysia.

Najib today launched an initiative to rebrand all vocational training centres under the same umbrella called TVET Malaysia, to spur a collaborative movement across several government ministries headed by the Human Resource Ministry.

Najib said that Malaysia must strive to produce a generation with skills to undertake new jobs, which are likely to be created in the future with the advent of technology.

“Back in the 1960s, we had only four TVETs, but now there are over 1,000 TVETs across Malaysia,” Najib pointed out.

The transformation and rebranding of TVETs are part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

The aim, Najib said, is to enable TVETs to help 300,000 students from the B40 category by 2025.

Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pm-moots-vocational-training-for-tahfiz-students

Closing of IPGs no cause for worry

Datuk Joseph Salang

SIBU: There is no need for the people to worry about the decision to close down the Teachers Training Institute (IPG) Rajang Campus.

According to Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang, the government would convert the institute into a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) centre for the state.

“The trend is now more for the world to shift from academic to vocational and technical education.

“Many graduates are now getting less marketable than those with technical education and training,” he said at ‘Projek Simfoni Kasih 4.0’ held by Betong Vocational College at Rumah Selikau, Nanga Selaut Tengah in Julau recently.

“There is this fear that Sarawak would not be able to produce 90 per cent local teachers when the college is closed down in 2020.

“But our universities are also producing trained teachers as well,” said Salang, stressing that the country would also need more technically-qualified youths apart from administrators. If we want to be a progressive nation, we need to follow suit,” he said.

On the government’s intention to set up more TVET institutions, Salang said this is a very good thing for the youth.

“I am sure they will not only be learning to use Bahasa Malaysia, but will also be making use of English as the medium of instruction for some of the subjects that they may take,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, Betong Vocational College director Lim Ah Juan said the objective of the two-day programme was to instil and develop good social values and communication skill in its students.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/09/25/closing-of-ipgs-no-cause-for-worry/

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.

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. 

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.
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College, industries sign MoU to promote technical education

Sahran (left) exchanges the MoU documents with a representative of 28 TVET-related industry players, witnessed by Fazzrudin (second left) and Zainuren. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Kolej Vokasional Matang has reached another milestone with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing partnership with 28 local industries and intensifying the development of highly-skilled students.

Education Ministry’s technical education and vocational training (school division) director Zainuren Mohd Nor said the MoU was vital as it encouraged the sharing of expertise and technology between industry players and the college, as well as to promote technical education.

According to him, the government realises the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET)-related skills in order to attain the ‘First World’ country status by 2020.

Statistics have shown a low turnout of students in the country pursuing technical education – constituting only seven per cent out of the total number of students.

However, society now realises the importance of TVET. It is estimated that 1.6 million jobs would be created across all economic corridors throughout the nation by 2020.

“Our country is still far behind in terms of technical education and vocational training compared with other developed countries. One of the factors is the lack of interest among students in technical courses.

“It is hoped that in years to come, more students would opt for technical education and vocational training in order to secure a better future with high salaries,” he said at the MoU signing ceremony between Kolej Vokasional Matang and the 28 TVET-related industries at Yayasan Sarawak auditorium here yesterday.

Moreover, Zainuren disclosed that under the Vocational Education Transformation Plan, the expectation for TVET students would be for 70 per cent of them to become skilled workers, 20 per cent to further their studies, and 10 per cent to become entrepreneurs.

Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman and Kolej Vokasional Matang director Mohamad Sahran Amin were also present at the function.

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Kerajaan isytihar 2017 tahun TVET – Riot

RIOT: Kerajaan telah mengisytiharkan 2017 sebagai Tahun TVET dalam usaha mencapai status negara berpendapatan tinggi menjelang 2020.Kerajaan isytihar 2017 tahun TVET - Riot

SHAH ALAM: Kerajaan telah mengisytiharkan 2017 sebagai Tahun Pendidikan Teknikal dan Latihan Vokasional (TVET) dalam usaha mencapai status negara berpendapatan tinggi menjelang 2020, kata Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.

Beliau berkata inisiatif itu juga seiring dengan ucapan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak semasa membentangkan Bajet 2017 bahawa keupayaan TVET akan dipertingkatkan di bawah bajet tersebut.

“Walaupun perkara ini tidak diumumkan secara rasmi sebelum ini, kalau kita nampak pada ucapan Najib dalam Bajet 2017 tempoh hari, perkataan TVET ditekankan.

“Ini bermakna, dengan penekanan ini, secara langsung dan tidak langsung, TVET menjadi permulaan kepada usaha kerajaan untuk lebih gigih dalam melahirkan ramai modal insan berkemahiran,” katanya pada sidang media selepas penyerahan akreditasi kepada Proton Holdings Berhad sebagai pusat sehenti untuk program Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional, di sini pada Khamis.

Riot berkata untuk mencapai status negara maju berpendapatan tinggi, tenaga kerja berkemahiran tinggi diperlukan dan setakat ini hanya 28 peratus modal insan Malaysia merupakan pekerja berkemahiran dan kerajaan menyasarkan untuk mencapai sekurang-kurangnya 35 peratus menjelang 2020.

Dalam perkembangan lain, beliau berkata Majlis Ekonomi Negara telah meluluskan cadangan Skim Insurans Pekerjaan (EIS) bagi membantu pekerja yang diberhentikan dan usul akan dibentang di Parlimen pada Januari 2018.

Sebelum ini, menteri itu dilapor berkata skim yang memperuntukkan sumbangan majikan dan pekerja itu amat penting untuk memastikan pekerja yang diberhentikan mampu menyara hidup sekurang-kurangnya selama empat bulan sebelum mendapat pekerjaan baharu.

Terdahulu, Riot menyampaikan Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia kepada 30 penerima selain menyaksikan pemeteraian memorandum persefahaman antara Proton dan Jabatan kemahiran Malaysia bagi program pembangunan jangka panjang pekerja berkemahiran.

Pada majlis itu, 27 individu menerima biasiswa Yayasan Proton untuk menyambung pendidikan peringkat Sijil Kemahiran malaysia.

– BERNAMA