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TVET to be re-branded to make it more appealing

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik at Putrajaya today. Pix by NSTP/Luqman Hakim ZubirBy Hashini Kavishtri Kannan – April 26, 2019 @ 2:54pm

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is looking into re-branding technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programme.

This also includes the possibility of changing its name to be more appealing, said Dr Maszlee Malik.

The Education ministry said it would undertake efforts to make TVET as a mainstream choice for students, instead of it being viewed as a second option.

“Currently, the stigma among the people is that TVET is a second choice and that they will not succeed if they take up TVET programmes.

“Therefore, the ministry will spearhead initiatives to change the stigma and perception including the possibility of changing of the name of TVET,” he said today.

Maszlee said TVET and vocational training is not something that people looked at highly.

“We have to acknowledge and appreciate that human skills are different from one another, and that there are people who could excel in the field of TVET.

“We, at the ministry are committed to bring up TVET as a top of choice of study,” he told reporters at an event organised by Education Ministry to announce three new initiatives that will be undertaken by community colleges to improve and enhance quality of education in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0).

The three new initiatives are the ACES, Maker Market and Pondok Perdana.

Maszlee said ACES, an acronym for Apprenticeship, Professional Certification, Entrepreneurship and ‘Sijil Kolej Community’ are four pathways for secondary school leavers to take up TVET programmes at community colleges.

The Maker Market is an initiative taken by these colleges to collaborate with industry players, including Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC), to create industry ready workers.

“Pondok Perdana, the third initiative, is to empower and value-add the skills of ‘pondok’ students through more structured and organised programmes.

“Through this, community colleges would cater certificate and diploma programmes to these students,” he added.

Also present were Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin and Polytechnic and Community College Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/

Comment: TVET is already an internationally recognised name, what rebranding are you talking about Dr Maszlee?? You think rebranding is just a change of name?
Has the Ministry discussed with the various stakeholders?
Heard from a source saying the name might be changed to
Certificate In Practical Engineering Technology or CIPET!


Pertemuan NGO-NGO TVET dengan Pengurus Besar PTPK


04.02.2019 | PERTEMUAN NGO-NGO TVET DENGAN YBHG. ENCIK MOHD FATHULLAH BIN MUSTAPHA, PENGURUS BESAR (PENGURUSAN), PERBADANAN TABUNG PEMBANGUNAN KEMAHIRAN (PTPK).

Pertemuan adalah mendapatkan penjelasan dan titik penyelesaian bagi isu arahan pekeliling bertarikh 31 Januari 2019 – Ruj: PTPK.P&P.100-3/1 Jld 17 (7) berkenaan Syarat-syarat Baru Permohonan Dana TVET Pinjaman Latihan Kemahiran Skim Pinjaman Lepasan Sekolah Tahun 2019 Bagi Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia Tahap 1, 2 dan 3. Dapatan dari perbinncangan yang dapat saya kongsikan ialah:

01. Tiada lagi kaedah agihan kuota bantuan kepada Penyedia Latihan (PL) sebaliknya peruntukan yang sedia ada perlulah dibida dengan syarat-syarat tertentu.

02. Tahun 2019 adalah menggunapakai pendekatan Industry Driven Funding yang sifatnya menekankan kepada kebolehpekerjaan.

03. Bantuan pinjaman kepada pelatih perlulah akhinya menyediakan pekerjaan yang merubah kehidupan. Ini yang perlu difahami oleh PL.

04. Penilaian melalui pemarkahan yang berbeza-beza apabila PL mampu menyediakan MOA atau MOU atau LOI atau Conditional Letter dari industri berkaitan penempatan pekerjaan kepada pelatih apabila tamat latihan. Walaupun ianya diperdebatkan, namun PTPK menyakini PL mampu membina hubungan dengan industri dan akhirnya manfaat kepada pelatih yang juga merupakan peminjam.

05. Cuma PKPB kekal menolak syarat dokumen berkenaan tidak membenarkan di tandatangani oleh PENGURUS SUMBER MANUSIA. Dokumen perlu ditandatangi oleh Pemilik atau Pengurusan Tertinggi. PKPB melihat syarat ini sesuatu yang “bikin lawak”. Dalam persekitaran perniagaan semasa, telah berlaku perubahan amalan pengurusan sumber manusia yang dahulunya hanya berperanan sebagai pusat khidmat dan sokongan untuk organisasi. Kini, ia lebih daripada sekadar memproses gaji dan pengambilan pekerja baharu. Dalam dunia moden, seorang pengurus sumber manusia memegang beberapa portfolio: rakan niaga, agen perubahan; pentadbir dan pembela para pekerja. Merujuk kepada beberapa kenalan HR Manager, terdapat 3 tugas teras seorang HR iaitu
a. A Line Function,
b. A Coordinative Function
c. Staff Functions [Assist and Advise]

06. PKPB menyokong perlunya Nilai tambah (Added Value) atau Dual Certification di dalam latihan perijilan kemahiran sedia ada. Di dalam hal ini, PKPB mengesyorkan agar Industry Lead Body (ILB) yang dilantik Jabatan Pembangunan kemahiran (JPK) di beri kuasa mengeluarkan sijil tambahan kompetensi berdasarkan industri masing-masing. Menghakupayakan ILB melalui persijilan kepada pelatih akan senang di kawal kualitinya berbading persijilan antarabangsa yang lain.

07. Masih lagi dengan Nilai Tambah (Added Value), PTPK perlu melihat mana-mana PL yang ada program pembangunan belia melalui kemahiran insaniah/softskills hendaklah juga diberi pemarkahan yang baik.

08. PL yang melaksanakan single-tier DKM / DLKM tiada penetapan bilangan peruntukan.

09. Pembidaan bagi peruntukan pinjaman untuk SKM 1-3 tidak melihat kepada kapasiti JPK semata-mata sebaliknya kepada kemampuan PL memenuhi syarat yang ditetapkan.

Apa pun, PKPB melihat sudah sampai masanya semua pihak mengubah cara berfikir dan bekerja dalam menyantuni atau membantu membina anak muda hari ini untuk masa depan negara yang hebat. Isu ini masiih panas dan proses rundingan msih berjalan.

Turut hadir dalam pertemuan ini selain PKPB ialah Persekutuan Pusat-Pusat Bertauliah JPK Swasta Malaysia (FEMAC). Gabungan ILKS Bumiputera (GILKSB). Gabungan ILKS India Malaysia (GAPKIM). Gabungan Pusat-Pusat Kemahiran Swasta Terengganu (GAKENT) dan Tan Sri Zainal Rampak, Tokoh TVET.

Kredit:
RIZAN HASSAN
06.02.2019

PERMOHONAN PERUNTUKAN DANA TVET PINJAMAN LATIHAN KEMAHIRAN SKIM PINJAMAN LEPASAN SEKOLAH 2019 BAGI SKM 1,2&3

Ada yang kata syarat ketat, ada yang kata tak ketat mana pun.
Apapun, bacalah pekeliling di bawah dan fikirkanlah cara kreatif untuk mengatasi halangan yang anda lalui.

PERMOHONAN PERUNTUKAN DANA TVET PINJAMAN LATIHAN KEMAHIRAN SKIM PINJAMAN LEPASAN SEKOLAH TAHUN 2019

PS: Kalau dah tak tahan lagi, jual la lesen PB anda sementara ia masih ada sedikit nilai (sebenarnya dah tak banyak nilai pun sekarang terutamanya hanya jika bergantung kepada PTPK untuk pelajar membiayai latihan mereka di PB anda)

Industry players to play larger role in TVET education, training

Employers and workers in technical vocational education and training (TVET) will play a larger role in the country as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) moves to strengthen its partnership with them for a more effective and efficient implementation of its training programs and other services.

This was after TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, signed the “Implementing Guidelines on the Establishment of Institutional Arrangements with Industry Boards or Industry Associations”.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña (TESDA / MANILA BULLETIN)

TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña
(TESDA / MANILA BULLETIN)

The guidelines aim to “recognize Industry Boards (IBs) or Industry Associations (IAs) as partners in the delivery of TVET programs or services”.

These guidelines also aim to “engage the direct participation of employers and workers in the design and implementation of work related to technical education and skills development”.

“The establishment of institutional arrangements with IBs or IAs shall encourage active participation of various concerned industries in providing relevant technical education and skills development opportunities, being direct participants in and immediate beneficiaries of a trained and skilled workforce,” explained Lapeña.

The industry sectors primarily include those that are considered by the agency to be Key Employment Generators (KEGs) such as Construction, Tourism, Agri-business, Wholesale and Retail, Health and Wellness and Automotive/Transport.

The IBs and IAs that will be recognized to represent their respective sectors will serve as the “conduit” of the industry in the design and implementation of projects, programs, and activities in TVET of TESDA.

Part of their responsibilities will include giving TESDA recommendations in the conceptualization and execution of skills development schemes, skills standardization, and certification, as well as to entice industries and employers to participate in these activities.

The IBs and IAs will likewise assist in the development of competency standards, curriculum, sectoral skills plans, and assessment tools.

These groups will also take part in the promotion and implementation of various TVET activities towards quality skills development including the conduct of skills competitions.

Initially, a Secretariat will be established to give administrative and technical support to the IBs and IAs. The Secretariat will be composed of staff from TESDA’s Partnerships and Linkages Office (PLO), Qualifications Standards Office (QSO), National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD), Planning Office (PO) and Certification Office (CO).

The TESDA PLO will allocate a budget of P100,000 for each IB or IA for preliminary related activities such as the conduct of meetings, conferences and the production of promotional materials.

The recognition of IBs/IAs is covered in Republic Act 7796 (TESDA Law) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which allow for the establishment of institutional arrangements with bodies or associations such as industry boards that may support TESDA in the fulfillment of its objectives.

Source: https://news.mb.com.ph

Comment: Whether it’s Malaysia, Philippines, African countries or any other developed countries, the TVET institutions has to work closely with the IB/IA (in Malaysia it’s known as ILB – Industrial Lead Body) so that graduates produced are able to meet the respective industry’s needs.

 

 

CONsultant or Consultant? My experience in the TVET sector

Just a quick sharing.

Yesterday, I had a meet up with another ex-public listed company, interested to purchase a TVET/JPK Accredited centre and/or MQA approved college license.

Guess what? A previous CONsultant tried to push them to purchase an MQA approved college license for RM5 million (not a hefty amount provided it has quite a few good programs & with KDN license with clean records). However, when pushed for more details from the potential buyer, the CONsultant started making stories that does not jive, hence the potential buyer has some reservations. When pushed further for process flow, the CONsultant came out with proposing them SKM/DKM via PPT method at a really hefty figure (5 digits/candidate!), without really probing what the customer actually wanted.

Now, I have this challenge to propose to the company on how they can achieve what they want but hey, it’s a good problem to have. If I can help them to achieve what they wanted, I’m sure I’ll be rewarded appropriately (not necessarily handomely though :-P)

Another case happened just last month. Another CONsultant proposed to sell his SLDN training centre (3-4 programs if not mistaken) for RM500K. Not sure what’s so valuable about the license but anyway he managed to convinced the potential buyer (to me, I wouldn’t even pay RM50K for that!). Unfortunately for the CONsultant, he made a very BIG MISTAKE, not sure it’s by choice or it was just plain silly. He asked to be paid in cash, no cheques, no bank accounts transfer, no receipts to be produced. WTF! Where on earth would a buyer agree to this kind of agreement? Even buying fruits for RM2 at fruit stalls along PLUS Hentian are given receipts!

And I really got a shock when a kursus induksi which cost only RM350 (maximum course fees chargeable, in case you are still unaware) was quoted at 6 times more! And because of the CONsultant’s greed (did not pay me & lied saying he wasn’t paid & fooled by the client – despite the client made the inflated payments to him), I had no choice but to go after the client directly for the payment. Well, you should know what’s the ending for the CONsultant.

Moral of the above 2 REAL LIFE stories:

1. Be knowledgable in your area if you really WANT to consult someone on that area, otherwise, be upfront & frank with your client that you’re working with an associate and NEVER pretend that you know everything despite KNOWING NOTHING about it as clients may sometimes be more knowledgable than you in that area if you’re not the EXPERT! You may not be lucky to be able to CON all the way, just like the Malay proverb:
Sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya akan jatuh ke tanah juga

2. Be as transparent as possible with your clients, they will appreciate it.

3. GOD will reward you if you work hard & genuinely.

4. DON’t MESS UP with TVET Malaysia@I Smart Educare, we will go after what we’re supposed to get

5. Consultants (individuals or companies) that agrees everything that you requested as easy as ABC, especially without much thinking, should give you an ALARM! Don’t fall into the trap. Probe further on the Consultants past track records, check up for any info on the web (just Google the company or person, if not much web presences or many negative comments about the Consultant, that’s another ALARM!), testimonials and etc.

With that, I hope you will not be the next victim to such CONsultant!

And should you need any advice on TVET matters especially related to JPK/SKM/VTO/Induction course, feel free to call/whatsapp (pls introduce yourself, who you are, what you want to know, in details) or email us at:
012-3123430 or ismarteducare @ gmail.com

Penilaian Pembaharuan Lantikan PPL (2019)

Sukacita pihak CIAST mempelawa mana-mana lantikan Pegawai Pengesah Luaran (PPL) yang akan tamat tempoh pada tahun 2019 dan 2020 untuk memohon menyertai Bengkel Penilaian Pembaharuan PPL Tahun 2019 mengikut zon  seperti jadual di bawah. Maklumat lengkap mengenai bengkel penilaian ini boleh merujuk kepada PANDUAN PENILAIAN PEMBAHARUAN LANTIKAN PEGAWAI PENGESAH LUARAN (PPL)
Bil. Zon Wilayah Tarikh Bengkel Penilaian * Lokasi Bengkel* Tarikh Tutup Permohonan
1 Tengah 1 Feb 2019 (Minggu ke-2) CIAST Shah Alam 18-Jan-19
2 Utara 1 Feb 2019 (Minggu ke-3) CSC ADTEC Taiping, CSC Kepala Batas, UTC Alor Setar, 26-Jan-19
3 Selatan 1 Mac 2019 (Minggu ke-1) CSC ADTEC Melaka, JPK Wilayah Selatan 8-Feb-19
4 Timur 1 Mac 2019 (Minggu ke-3) CSC ILP Marang, CSC ILP Kota Bharu 8-Feb-19
5 Sabah 1 April 2019 (Minggu ke-3) JPK Wilayah Sabah 15-Mac-19
6 Sarawak 1 Jun 2019 (Minggu ke-3) JPK Wilayah Sarawak 03-Mei-19
7 Tengah 2 Julai 2019 (Minggu ke-2) CIAST Shah Alam 31-Mei-19
8 Utara 2 Ogos 2019 (Minggu ke-1) CSC ADTEC Taiping, CSC Kepala Batas, UTC Alor Setar, 05-Jul-19
9 Selatan 2 Ogos 2019 (Minggu ke-3) CSC ADTEC Melaka, JPK Wilayah Selatan 05-Jul-19
10 Timur 2 Sept 2019 (Minggu ke-1) CSC ILP Marang, CSC ILP Kota Bharu 02-Ogos-19
* Tertakluk kepada perubahan

Sila mohon <<DI SINI>>

Nota: Tuan/puan dinasihatkan untuk memilih di zon wilayah yang paling hampir dengan alamat rumah tuan/puan kerana tuntutan TNT adalah tanggungjawab tuan/puan atau agensi tuan/puan sendiri dan bukti penghantaran permohonan tidak sah sebagai pengesahan kehadiran. Keutamaan tawaran akan merujuk kepada kelayakan pemohon dan nombor ID permohonan yang terawal.

NOTA: Kursus Induksi PPL pada 19-20 Jan di Kepong, KL
              Sekiranya dah tamat tempoh (3 tahun dari 2015 & tak pernah dilantik sebagai                  PPL) ataupun ingin sebelum menghadapi bengkel penilaian, ikutilah kursus                      induksi PPL  sekali lagi dengan yuran istimewa (sehingga 50% diskaun).

Make education system tvet-friendly

PUTRAJAYA: The country ‘lost’ 147,422 students from national schools from 2006 to 2017.

The former deputy director general of Education Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab said that the figure constitutes some 30 per cent of students that enrolled in Standard 1 in 2006.

He was concerned about the direction in which the students took upon leaving school as there was a possibility that they would never return to school or pursue higher education.

At the same time, the ministry found low enrolment among Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers in Technical and Vocation Education Training (TVET).

The dejection felt upon failing to secure a place in public or private institutes of higher learning may be one of the reasons why some SPM leavers feel that furthering their studies after 11 years of schooling is an exercise in futility.

“How wonderful it would be if we could get those 30 per cent, or at least some of them to enrol in TVET.

“Their interest may not be in academics and TVET could offer a better alternative,” he said when presenting a working paper at a TVET roundtable discussion recently.

The discussion, organised by the National Professors Council (MPN), was chaired by its president cum CEO Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose and was attended by over 30 participants from institutes of higher education, government departments, parent-teachers associations, employer associations and youth organisations.

Among the major issues identified is the involvement of too many parties in the implementation of TVET in the country.

Identifying the issues

TVET issues have become so widespread that the Pakatan Harapan government had to establish a TVET Empowerment Committee in June and appoint Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar as its chairperson.

In the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11) which was tabled recently, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that the government was working on improving the capabilities of youth in the field of TVET.

Among the issues plaguing TVET are the overlapping education system, the certification system, the lack of funding and the uncertain future of TVET graduates.

The ministries were the Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKLW), the Education Ministry (KPM), the Higher Education Ministry (now under the Education Ministry), the Human Resources Ministry, the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, the Works Ministry and the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA).

“Every ministry uses a different model and organises their own programmes. They have their own fields and they don’t share (those models) with the others. If we can promote the idea of a main institution, that would be progress,” said Raduan.

Other situations that also contribute to TVET issues are different curriculums for the same programme, the lack of a standardised certification system and bureaucracy issues when it comes to sharing human resources and equipment.

Standardise tvet

The discussion panel unanimously agreed that remedial measures need to be taken as soon as possible to address the plethora of problems plaguing TVET in this country.

They presented several proposals for the consideration of the government, including placing all TVET institutions under the purview of the Education Ministry.

They also recommended that the ministry be renamed the Ministry of Education and Training.

The national education system should also be revamped to reduce the number of students dropping out due to disinterest in academic learning, in addition to increasing the number of student enrolment in TVET among upper secondary school students at a rate of 30 per cent or a figure equivalent to other countries in the region.

They also recommended that Malaysia study TVET programme models under one ministry as successfully practised in countries like Finland, Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

In Finland, Germany, Austria, Singapore and South Korea have students entering TVET as young as 15 and 16 years old, eventually entering the workforce by age 18 and 19.

The panel also proposed that TVET institutions be consolidated into four institutions namely the Upper Secondary School Industry Apprenticeship (PIMA), the Upper Secondary Vocational Programme (PVMA), vocational college and polytechnic and a higher level TVET centre.

At the moment, there are 1,901 public and private TVET institutions in the nation.

Teaching manpower and accreditation

The discussion panel also proposed for the resolution of the difference in service schemes among TVET teachers.

They called for all TVET teachers who are still under class J (TVET teacher), DV (TVET teacher, DS (Malaysian Technical Universities) and others be switched into the DG scheme (Academic Teacher) or DH (Polytechnic and Community College) through special training at Teacher Education Training Institutes.

This would make it easier to relocate teachers to a certain state or district should there be a shortage of teaching manpower in the area.

It was also recommended that bodies involved in the accreditation of TVET institutions provide a specific approach to combining academic and practical training to eliminate the need for separate accreditation as is the practice today.

On the policy aspect, it was hoped that the government would review policies that could improve the marketability of TVET graduates by making it compulsory for workers in skill sectors to have a TVET certificate.

They also proposed for current workers to undergo competency tests so that they could become certified, as is the practice in Finland.

In addition to that, foreign workers should only be hired for non-supervisory or non-professional positions.

Raduan said it was time for the industry to join the government in the effort of empowering TVET sectors in the country, whether through financial support or strategic partnerships.

“TVET is skill-based and will eventually contribute to the industry.

The industry can play their role by sponsoring TVET students and absorbing them intro the workforce upon graduation,” he said.

Source:  Bernama, 4th Nov 2018

Hoping for higher allocation for TVET, athletes in Budget 2019, says youth minister

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

Greater focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), development of athletes and ways to reduce unemployment would likely be featured in the upcoming 2019 budget.

The Youth and Sports Ministry is already planning to reduce unemployment among youths to a single digit.

Its Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said there are many things on the ministry’s wishlist, but two specific items remain high on the agenda.

“In summary, I feel like there are needs to focus on allocation towards education which involves TVET and not merely tertiary education.

“I have brought this up to the Finance Ministry many times that the allocation for TVET must be enforced while the education and training itself must be industry-driven,” he said at the InvestSmart Fest 2018 in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

He said TVET graduates of the Youth and Sports Skills Training Institute has an employment rate higher than 90%.

“Clearly, TVET is a training that makes graduates even more employable than those with a bachelor’s degree. The only thing left is to reinforce the training itself so that more people can join TVET,” he said.

He said by reinforcing education and training, the country can help youths from the bottom 40% households.

“We must also have an allocation to address the rate of youth unemployment. There must be an effort by all ministries to curb the issue and to reduce the rate of unemployment among youths to a single digit,” he said.

Some figures suggest youth unemployment rate stood at 10.85% last year, despite headline unemployment rate being 3.3%.

The Malaysian Reserve previously reported the high youth unemployment rate is backed by discriminating employers who prefer to hire foreign workers, as well as the increase in the number of graduates entering the job market.

Syed Saddiq said he would also like some allocation to be channelled for sportsmen and para-athletes.

“A higher allocation for sports is also required which is very important for both our athletes and paraathletes,” he said.

Meanwhile, InvestSmart Fest 2018 is an investor education initiative by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) aimed to promote awareness and knowledge on the Malaysian capital market to youth.

SC chairman Tan Sri Ranjit Ajit Singh said the SC has developed a mobile application game to introduce the foundation of capital market concepts to tech-savvy users.

“There is a perception that capital markets are intimidating or dry. We want to shift the perception and make learning more fun and enjoyable,” he said.

According to the Asian Institute of Finance, investments are not a priority for millennials, with only 41% out of 1,000 respondents say they diversify their investments and only 23% would invest more than 20% of their monthly income, while another 40% invest less than 10%.

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

TVET education at ILP for M’sians with SPM

Dr Rosnah presents a memento to Dr Teo.

MIRI: Enrolment into skill and vocational training institutions is for every Malaysian with SPM.

Director Dr Rosnah Muhamad Tahir said this while leading a team of officials from Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Miri on a courtesy call to Miri MP Dr Michael Teo at his service centre here yesterday,

“It is sad to say that the enrolment of Chinese is still low at the moment because of the wrong perception that it is only for Bumiputeras.”

According to Dr Rosnah there are about 20 Chinese students out of 102 students per intake. She hoped Dr Teo would promote and encourage parents to enrol their children into the institute.

Dr Rosnah said; “Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is education and training which provides knowledge and skills.

“TVET is very important because the government wants to increase skilled workers from 28 to 35 per cent by 2020 and to spur economic growth. It also provides good and bright employment opportunity not only in the state or country as they could go beyond with their skills and experience.”

In this context, she advised SPM school leavers not to think only of starting salary as they must aim to acquire skills and experience required by the industry before getting better pay.

Local companies are also encouraged to hire more locals with skill and experience.

Dr Teo who acknowledged and recognised the importance of having skilled labour said he would appeal for more funding, including employing more lecturers for ILP Miri.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com