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Budget focus of Human Resources Ministry on TVET

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

IPOH: The focus of the Human Resources Ministry’s budget will be on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to meet the demands for future human capital.

“We need to empower institutions at this crucial stage to produce the future workforce,” its minister M. Kulasegaran said after attending a meeting with NGOs, Tamil School activitists, PTA and school representatives, here today.

“I am specifically pleased that the budget included the concern for developing future jobs as part of the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as the world moves towards automation and demands for a highly skilled work force.

“Without a doubt we need to embrace technology and automation if we want to remain competitive and the 2019 Budget will be address these issues.”

Kulasegaran also welcomed the double tax deduction for private sector companies that support the development of human capital, especially through TVET.

“The ministry will collaborate with the private sector to ensure senior citizens who want to work following the inclusion of new tax incentives to hire them,” he said.

“It is a relief to the B40 groups as the government will continue and improve the living assistance to them by providing more targeted assistance.

“Through the Human Resources Development Fund, the government will implement apprenticeship and graduate enhancement programme for employability.”

Kulasegaran said this is meant to provide skills to school-leavers and to increase the marketability of graduates.

RM50m for TVET will help produce more high-skilled grads

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM50 million allocated by the government on  strengthening  Technical Education and Vocational Training(TVET) will encourage and boost the institutions involved to provide more programmes and  at the same time, produce more high-skilled graduates.

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) deputy vice-chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Dr Ruzairi Abdul Rahim said the allocation will be able to provide a clearer direction for vocational diploma students to continue their studies at tertiary level.

He said the allocation channeled to universities within the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) focusing on teaching TVET programmes, including UTHM, will allow universities to offer more facilities, such as courses, laboratories and equipments.

“For example, vocational diploma graduates face difficulties in pursuing undergraduate studies because most of the universities are lacking of TVET-based facilities. The allocation provided will aid the universities to provide the necessary pathways,” he added.

The amount allocated amounting to RM30million will be under TVET Wibawa Fund, while another RM20 million is provided for the Bootcamp Programme which is to increase youth competence.

Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Prof Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin, said the allocation is also in line with the university’s funding requirements which are to introduce six undergraduate Bachelor’s degree courses based on technology in 2019.

He said UMP needed the funding to start the courses which involve teaching and learning facilities, as well as providing training related technological courses to lecturers to ensure they master effective teaching techniques.

Prof Yuserrie said the allocation provided also highlighted the government’s concern in recognising the field of TVET and highly skilled workers, in line with the importance and progress of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“Malaysia is slightly delayed in focusing and recognising TVET compared to Germany and Japan that are in the forefront focusing on technology and skills for their students.

“However, I am grateful that the government continues to provide funds through the Budget 2019 which is seen to produce hands-on graduates, high-tech nation and workers,” he said.

Source: www.nstonline

Vocational training needs one authority, says minister

KAJANG: A single authority is needed to oversee the coordination of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, said Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Nurul Izzah, who is Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) task force chairman, said she proposed for a TVET commission to be set up in Parlia­ment and for the Department of Skills Development (DSD) to be more empowered.

This is to ensure that DSD can compel any TVET institution under any ministry to meet the stipulated requirements or face closure.

“If you don’t have a single authority or regulatory body, you will never get anywhere,” she said at the Empowering Women Summit 2018 at Universiti Tenaga Nasional here yesterday.

This comes after reports that the TVET landscape was fragmented, with programmes offered by agencies under different ministries, state skills development centres and private institutions.

She said there was also a need to standardise qualifications of TVET graduates.

“We even have two different bodies (of certification), the Malaysian Qualifications Agency for academic qualifications and DSD for TVET graduates.”


Education Ministry welcomes private sector’s involvement in producing skilled workforce

Education Minister Maszlee Malik speaks during a press conference at the Ministry of Higher Education in Putrajaya June 7, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
Education Minister Maszlee Malik speaks during a press conference at the Ministry of Higher Education in Putrajaya June 7, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

ALOR SETAR, Oct 28 — The Ministry of Education (MOE) is now more open to listen to the demand and needs from the industry players to improve the quality of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.

Ministry’s technical and vocational education division principal assistant director Suraimi Rithwan said such move would enable the TVET education system to be strengthened as well as to increase the level of employment of technical and vocational students.

“We have been collaborating with 750 industry partners since 2015 and as a result, more than 90 per cent of TVET students, such as from the vocational colleges gained employment with the salary range between RM2,000 and RM15,000 per month.

“This is the result of our partnership with the industry players where we know what kind of skills that they need and our involvement with the private sector will be expanded from time to time,” he told Bernama today.

He said this after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Alor Setar Vocational College and seven electronic and mechanical engineering companies.

In the same event, the Alor Setar Vocational College also signed Note of Understanding (MoU) with the Insitut Kemahiran Tinggi Belia Negara (IKTBN) Bukit Mertajam and Insitut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) Jitra.

Among the efforts to be implemented under the collaborations include to upgrade the workshops or manufacturing laboratories and to equip the college with high-tech equipment as well as to carry out industrial training.

Source: Bernama

‘Private TVET providers need at least RM1b funding per year’

KUALA LUMPUR: Private Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers will need an allocation of at least RM1 billion a year for the next five years from the federal budget in order to support a total of 60,000 students, according to the Federation of JPK Accredited Centers Malaysia (FeMAC).

The amount is more than five times this year’s allocation of RM180 million to TVET providers.

FeMAC president P Sailanathan said the group has engaged and presented the figures to TVET task force chairman Nurul Izzah Anwar, who had said she would raise the issue in Parliament.

According to the federation, TVET providers are facing funding crunch. FeMAC alleges the TVET providers have yet to receive up to RM20 million of the total allocated funds since January this year.

“Only a selected few of us (private TVET providers) have received funding [but] a lot more were denied,” Sailanathan told the media yesterday.

So far, the Department of Skills Development and the Skills Development Fund Corp (PTPK) have been “pointing fingers at each other”, without having yet come to a positive outcome on when the remaining funds can be distributed, he added.

Although Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran recently said that his ministry has secured an additional RM140 million in funding from the finance ministry for TVET students and providers, the minister has so far not given a timeline for the disbursement, nor has it engaged with FeMAC on the matter.

“We are willing to cooperate, but there is no direction from the ministry. We are neither here nor there,” Sailanathan said, adding that many providers are on the verge of ceasing operations as the students are considering dropping out due to a lack of financial support and they can no longer afford to pay teachers.

To make matters worse, the students may often end up with a minimum of three overlapping loans as they are required to take a new loan for every level of vocational training, which usually amounts to four levels for a diploma.

Kulasegaran has proposed a fixed monthly repayment of RM100 for these students, but details are lacking on implementation.

Considering as many as 90% of TVET graduates find jobs within a year after completing their courses, Sailanathan does not foresee a major problem of them not repaying loans.

Currently, between 60,000 and 80,000 TVET students attend private TVET colleges, which are equivalent to about 13.3% to 17.8% of total tertiary-level students in Malaysia, according to data presented by FeMAC.

A total of about 45% of tertiary-level students in Malaysia are studying for TVET qualifications, compared to 55% at universities.

FeMAC, which represents about 350 private TVET providers out of 636 in total, has called for PTPK to be modelled after National Higher Education Fund Corp, with an abolishment of the current quota system.


Comment: I hope TVET task force chairman Nurul Izzah Anwar could set up a body for check & balance, to monitor the disbursements of the loan. Before this, my understanding is that those providers that are acting as AJK in FeMAC are getting priorities/more funding compared to other ordinary members. Some projects that were awarded to FeMAC mainly benefitted the AJK members. There has been complaints from ordinary members, citing that they didn’t get anything at all as ordinary members.
Disclaimer: Admin is not part of FeMAC, only reporting based on what the TVET providers feedbacked to admin.

Industri, majikan boleh bantu perkasa TVET

Mohammad Rizan Hassan

SHAH ALAM – Industri berkaitan atau majikan boleh membantu memperkasakan Pendidikan Teknikal dan Latihan Vokasional (TVET) dengan membayar pinjaman latihan kemahiran lulusan sistem pendidikan berkenaan.

Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Pekerja Berkemahiran (PKPB), Mohammad Rizan Hassan berkata, cadangan itu secara tidak langsung dapat mengurangkan kebergantungan kepada pekerja asing.

“Ia boleh dikurangkan apabila industri atau majikan bersedia mengalihkan bayaran levi pekerja asing dengan membayarkan pinjaman latihan kemahiran lulusan TVET.

“Contohnya, levi pekerja asing bagi sektor perkilangan adalah RM1,850 setahun boleh dipindahkan kepada bayar pinjaman lulusan TVET,” katanya mengulas harapan sempena Bajet 2019 yang bakal dibentangkan Jumaat ini.

Mohammad Rizan berkata, dengan cara itu, semua pihak termasuk majikan, pekerja dan Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK) akan menerima manfaat masing-masing.

“Majikan membantu kesejahteraan ekonomi pekerja, penajaan dan ikatan kontrak untuk suatu tempoh yang dipersetujui dengan pekerja.

“Pada masa sama, pekerja juga tidak terbeban dengan bayaran balik pinjaman latihan kemahiran, jaminan peluang penempatan pekerjaan dan mendapat persijilan dari kemahiran diterima, manakala PTPK mempunyai dana yang cukup melalui pembayaran balik yang cepat dalam tempoh singkat,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, TVET di Malaysia memerlukan satu kerangka hala tuju yang baharu dan jelas serta dikuatkuasa serta-merta, dengan satu badan akreditasi latihan iaitu Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) dan satu badan pengiktirafan profesional, Lembaga Teknologis Malaysia (MBOT).

“Selain itu, kaedah ‘apprenticeship’ yang diterajui industri perlu digerakkan berskala besar dan bersifat mesra kepada industri dengan mengurangkan karenah birokrasi di pihak kerajaan dalam aspek urus tadbir dan penyampaian latihan,” katanya.

Selain itu, beliau turut berharap kerajaan mempertimbangkan dana bantuan pinjaman latihan kemahiran di bawah PTPK ditingkatkan kepada RM1 bilion setahun, dengan 80 peratus daripada jumlah itu difokuskan kepada lepasan sekolah menengah.

“Tiada lagi ‘double-standard’ di antara institusi awam dan swasta di mana semua pelajar aliran TVET hendaklah membuat pinjaman dari PTPK dan bukan lagi percuma bagi sesetengah institusi kemahiran awam,” katanya.

Selain itu, beliau turut mencadangkan agar penyampaian latihan TVET melibatkan kerjasama awam-swasta terutama bagi bidang kemahiran yang memerlukan pelaburan sederhana dan ke bawah.

“Manakala bidang kemahiran berteknologi dilaksanakan oleh institusi awam,” katanya.


Hong Leong Foundation’s skills development programme benefits 16 young Malaysians


Hong Leong Group’s charitable arm, the Hong Leong Foundation, yesterday announced that all 16 young Malaysians sponsored and funded by its skills development programme have graduated with a level 1 skills diploma in mechatronics studies.

According to a media release, the graduates, aged 18 years old and above, were given the opportunity by the foundation to pursue the said Malaysian Meister Programme in mechatronics studies at the Penang Skills Development Centre for 28 months.

The programme is recognised by the Malaysian Department of Skills Development and accredited by the Malaysia-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The scholarship offered by the foundation included course fee, room and boarding, and access to on-the-job training placements.

In addition, the 16 students gained work experience at participating Hong Leong Manufacturing Group of Companies which include Southern Steel, Dynacraft Industries and Carsem.

Quek Sue Yian, executive director of the Hong Leong Foundation said: “I am pleased to note that all 16 students graduated from the programme. Nine of them are employed within the Hong Leong Group while six have gone on to pursue advanced diploma studies in mechatronics.”

She noted that the foundation recognises the need to help young people who may not have the opportunities to acquire the right knowledge and skills set for work.

“Through this programme, we hope to give these young talents a stepping stone towards being competitively employable with the relevant skills.

The Hong Leong Foundation’s skills development programme aims to provide financial aid and enrichment support to young Malaysians to equip them with vocational qualifications and skills-based studies so that they can be employable.


Malaysia facing shortage of motorcycle mechanics


The motorcycle industry in the country is facing a shortage of highly-skilled technicians who are capable to operate the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) technology.

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd MD Datuk Jim Khor said motorcycle manufacturers are giving priority to technicians with skills beyond the common industry requirements.

“The motorcycle industry still lacks competent technicians, not just in Selangor, but throughout Malaysia.

“The industry is no longer seeking ordinary skills such as fixing or assembling a motorcycle, but also the skills to operate Industry 4.0 technology,” he said at the launch of the company’s Technician Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) in Shah Alam yesterday.

As such, Khor said Yamaha Motor has collaborated with INPENS International College to address the issue, and initiate an effective technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programme.

“The TAP programme will prepare the students with the new technologies and systems, as well as teach them how to incorporate the technologies into workshops and assembly factories,” he said.

Khor added that the programme would require six months of industrial training at Yamaha Motor’s branches across the country before the students could seek job opportunities elsewhere.

“The first batch that we took in September last year comprised eight students from INPENS. We will add another batch every six months.

“It will also depend on INPENS if they can provide excellent students who are qualified for this programme,” he said.

INPENS CEO Ahmad Zabri Mohd Yaman said the country needs talents with balanced academic and industrial skills to achieve a developed nation status.

“Initially, our institution has focused on students who are a little behind in their education — and at the same time, helping quality students who are interested in the TVET (sector).

“As for the first batch, we had provided Yamaha Motor with eight students. Moving forward, we expect to provide a maximum of 25 students,” he said, adding that technical professionals must be equally excellent in both the academic and technical aspects as part of the requirements in developed countries.

Meanwhile, Selangor Socio-Economic Empowerment and Development, and Caring Government Committee chairman V Ganabatirau said the programme is in line with the state government’s plan to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.

“The state government supports the learning institutions and private firms’ efforts to feed the human capital demand in industries, as the gap is still wide compared to developed countries.

“Also, learning institutions have to align the module and co-curriculum of TVET to the global industry growth, as well as position them to be industry- driven,” he said in his speech.

According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the unemployment rate in Selangor in 2017 has reduced to 2.8% from 3.2% in 2016.

Continue TVET efforts to spur auto sector, New Hoong Fatt urges government

KUALA LUMPUR: Automotive parts manufacturer New Hoong Fatt Holdings Bhd (NFH) has urged the Government to continue enhancing technical and vocational education training (TVET) programs especially for the automotive industry in the 2019 Budget.

“There is an urgent need to educate and encourage the younger generation to pursue technical and vocational skills as a rewarding career path. These skills are highly sought after amongst many manufacturers in Malaysia, including NHF,” said its managing director Chin Jit Sin.

Chin noted that the automotive industry was a key component of the Malaysian economy.

According to the Malaysian Automotive Institute, the industry – which comprises 27 vehicle manufacturers and 641 component manufacturers – had contributed 4.0 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year.

Total export value of automotive components had been trending upwards every year and stood at RM11.6 billion in 2017, Chin said in NFH’s budget wishlist today.

He said one key area was to enhance the TVET programs by ensuring the curriculum matched the relevant market needs of industry players.

This can be done by engaging with industry players to fill the skills gap between new graduates and employers.

“This will also effectively reduce youth unemployment, which stood at a record high of 10.8 per cent in 2017,” he added.

He said Malaysia has the potential of becoming a significant competitive automotive player in Southeast Asia and globally by continuing to focus on upgrading the technical skills and capabilities of the automotive industry’s workforce, along with equipping the workforce with the latest up-to-date technological advancements.

Source: – 24th Oct 2018

Private TVET students can continue with studies after govt pumps in RM105m

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said RM105 million had been disbursed by the ministry to the 400 private TVET colleges in the country. — Picture by Marcus Pheong
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said RM105 million had been disbursed by the ministry to the 400 private TVET colleges in the country. — Picture by Marcus Pheong

LUMUT, Oct 20 — The 20,000 students from private Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges can continue with their studies after the Human Resources Ministry obtained RM140 million allocation from the Finance Ministry.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said the funding was received recently and so far RM105 million had been disbursed by the ministry to the 400 private TVET colleges in the country.

“The delay in payments by Skills Development Fund Corp (PTPK) was funding in the corporation was running low,” he said.

Speaking to reporters here today after opening Dr VVV Menon community hall at Sri Ramar Temple in the Lumut Naval Base here, the Ipoh Barat MP explained that when PTPK was set up, it had a RM1 billion rotating fund.

“Annually, the government provides a grant of up to RM200 million to provide loans for the recipients mostly from the B40 (bottom 40th percentile) families,” he said.

“However, after graduating, they failed to repay their loans which affected the corporation’s operation,” he added.

He said the ministry was trying to get the defaulters, numbering up to a staggering 130,000, to pay up.

“The corporation has set up a call centre manned by 200 people to call the defaulters and remind them to pay up their loans,” he added, noting that he was also contemplating asking Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed to write a letter to the defaulters and ask them to perform their civic duty.

“If the defaulters do not pay, it will be difficult for the corporation to continue giving loans to incoming trainees,” he said.

On October 9, Malay Mail reported that more than 20,000 students from private Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges may be forced to discontinue their studies due to inadequate allocations to the Skills Development Fund Corp (PTPK).

The Federation of JPK Accredited Centres (FeMAC) said these students are largely from the bottom 40th percentile (B40) and have no other means to pay for their courses without the PTPK loans.

FeMAC also complained that over the last four years, the Human Resources Ministry has been consistently reducing the allocation of funds for PTPK with the total amount of funds being cut being reduced by a staggering 60 per cent.

Private TVET centres can train between 40,000 and 60,000 students annually.

Comment: Am just wondering, it’s the borrower’s attitude that take things for granted where they think it’s ok not to repay back education loans or due to their low income status after graduation?