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Tvet, a viable pathway

(File pix) Mohd Hazzerwan Mohd Hazzlee is collaborating with big names in fashion.

For many students, tertiary education is the ticket to good jobs, opening up opportunities to be successful in life.

Parents, teachers and society in general have ingrained this in children from a young age.

To graduate with a degree, students spend years learning in class which may leave them little time for internships to gain experience at the workplace. But in today’s competitive job market, practical experience is the number one quality employers look for in hires.

Although tertiary education has always been the top choice for many students, technical and vocational education and training (Tvet) offers a compelling career path especially for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) school-leavers.

Tvet graduate Mohd Hazzerwan Mohd Hazzlee, co-founder and creative director of Wan & Mary, said a vocational college education has helped him to realise his dream. The collection consists of arts and cultural elements which mix high fashion with street fashion to meet current trends.

The Diploma in Fashion Design graduate from Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara Rembau (KKTMR) said: “I rejected offers of different courses from top public and private universities because I wanted to pursue something that I love—fashion and art.”

Mohd Hazzerwan later pursued the Degree in Fashion design course at Heriot Watt university of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

“At first I was a bit hesitant to apply for the fashion course at KKTMR as the institution was new then and was taking in its first batch of students. But I am glad I took a chance.

“I had the most amazing experience at KKTMR. until now, the lecturers have been supportive as it is not easy being in the fashion industry.”

Having recently won a prize of RM100,000 in Gen F (generasi Fesyen), a programme for budding fashion designers, Mohd Hazzerwan is collaborating with big names in fashion.

He is excited at his latest partnership with Fashion valet for its ready-to-wear collection.

He is also preparing to make his debut at International Fashion Week next year in either London, Paris or Milan.

There has been growing concern over the rate of employability among fresh graduates, be it from local or private institutions. Students today may aspire to professions which may not be relevant to the country’s needs.

This may be due to lack of exposure and knowledge on the economic outlook in the country. Nevertheless, students have to plan their careers carefully.

TVET programmes are often deemed inferior to courses offered by private and local universities. It is unfortunate that there seems to be a stigma attached to those who pursue TVET. The younger generation needs to realise the importance of TVET and regard it as a viable pathway.

Associate Professor Dr Mohamad Sattar Rasul from the Department of Learning and Teaching Innovation (Technical and Vocational Education/Engineering Education) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Faculty of Education said that this misconception of TVET is common among low academic achievers.

“We have heard success stories and achievements of TVET graduates who may earn more than degree holders,” he commented, adding that a teacher’s role is imperative to see TVET in a new light.

“It is essential to expose secondary school teachers to the TVET educational framework and career path. Teachers have to stop regarding TVET as the second or last option for SPM school-leavers.

“Our country’s TVET framework is unique where students have many course options. Those who do not do well academically have the chance to pursue higher education regardless of their SPM results.

“TVET in Malaysia must be revamped or remodelled after the German and Japanese curricula which are endorsed by the industry. Professional bodies in Malaysia need to step up and ensure the standard curriculum is in line with industry need. The curriculum here was developed by the board at an institution which sometimes does not cater to industry demand.”

The country needs a skilled workforce and innovators who possess a high creativity in utilising its resources for manufacturing and produce good services to compete globally.

“TVET is important is many ways especially in the economic and social context. The government has emphasised that TVET graduates are not job seekers but job creators. This will contribute to the country’s economic growth and the sustainability of our social context in handling future challenges.”


TVET offers a rich array of programmes in many fields including automotive, culinary arts, electronics, engineering, entrepreneurship and journalism. It involves learning in class and hands-on training, which provide knowledge and skills for employment.

TVET students are equipped with specific skills in a specific field. Early exposure to practical and on-the-job-training ready them for the workplace.

CKL Group of Companies, which is best known for its Lim Tayar car service centres, established School of Skills (SoS) to meet industrial need for local experts and skilled labour in the automotive industry. SoS aims to instil its students with real-world experience, ready for the workplace.

CKL Group of Companies, executive director Clement Lim said that SoS is important to produce skilled workers in the automotive sector.

“SoS acts as a self-mitigation tool for the company to alleviate dependency on foreign workers. We hope to nurture more talents and hone quality recruits for the industry.

“SoS offers programmes designed to give students the skills they need to become skilled and professional workers. The number of cars on the road is increasing, making the automotive field a big market. Hence, once students finish their studies at SoS, a job placement is guaranteed.”

SoS training department head Daneshwaran Krishnasamy said trained experts in all fields are in demand in the country.

“Our programmes boost skills and the workforce in the automotive field. By doing something practical and hands-on, we are able to draw out students’ interest easily. Many of our students, who did not perform well academically, are passionate when it comes to practical training.

“This industry is lacking in manpower. I used to work at BMW car services where the technicians were highly paid. Some were confident enough to leave and set up their own workshops for premium cars.

“The biggest advantage of SoS is its workshop where students spend most of their training hours. However, this school is not for Lim Tayar alone. After finishing their advanced diploma, students can apply for internships at any automotive workshops in the country,” he added.

SoS offers theoretical and practical training, and the work-integrated Train and Place programme, which involves four months of classroom-based learning followed by eight months of industry exposure.


Generally, students go through 11 years of academic-based primary and secondary education.

Students who are not academically inclined can opt for vocational college as early as 16 years old upon completing Form Three.

Aiman Hakeem Aminuddin decided not to follow the mainstream path of applying to university despite scoring 8As in the SPM examination. The MRSM Tun Ghaffar student enrolled in the Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance course at SoS instead.

“I chose to pursue a TVET programme because I realised that picking up a skill benefits me in many ways, not only for future job prospects but also in my daily life.

“My family and I were going back to our hometown when the car tyre was punctured. Having learnt the skills in my diploma course, I was able to change the tyre without help,” he said.

“My parents convinced me to pursue a TVET programme. When the results for university applications were released, I did not even check mine as I was determined to study at a vocational college.

“Initially I had doubts after seeing my friends at university. Eventually, I don’t feel any different or left behind as knowledge can be obtained anywhere in any way possible.

“I am glad that I am pursuing my interest. Some students struggle to cope with their studies because they made the wrong choice.

“Some even fail.”


Ministry developing programmes to help technical students entry into TVET programmes

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said that this was part of the government’s efforts to resolve the issue of accreditation of graduates from vocational colleges, which had deterred them from pursuing their education at institutes of higher learning. NSTP/ Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is collaborating with the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) to facilitate entry by Malaysian Diploma Vocational (MDV) students to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said that this was part of the government’s efforts to resolve the issue of accreditation of graduates from vocational colleges, which had deterred them from pursuing their education at institutes of higher learning.

“MDV graduates can further their education to a bachelor’s degree at public institutes of higher learning (IPTA) and private institutes of higher learning (IPTS) on the account that their Malaysian Vocational Certificate is equivalent to 3 Credit Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) as set by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate.

“At this time, the ministry and the Malaysian Technical University Network is collaborating to develop a programme to strengthen their qualifications for TVET entry, especially for students from MDV.

“MDV graduates can also get jobs in industries subject to the terms and requirements of employers,” she said in reply to a question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PH PKR-Permatang Pauh) during Questions and Answers session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Teo said all MDV programmes by vocational colleges need to undergo accreditation by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and applications for 615 programmes had been received since June 2016.

She said out of that number, around 83 percent or 510 programmes have received temporary accreditation.

Teo said 428 programmes had been accepted for full accreditation, 12 programmes had received full accreditation and 54 programmes were in the process of fulfilling the conditions to obtain full accreditation.

She added 362 programmes were being evaluated in order to meet the requirements for full accreditation, which is expected to be finished by next year.

She said student entry into vocational colleges this year was 14,243 compared to 16,728 last year. Although the number had increased in 2013 from 15,916 to 18,022 (2014), it dropped to 17,544 in 2015 and 2016 (12,875).

Government to enhance TVET programmes to tackle high youth unemployment

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will look into ways to enhance Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes to help lower the youth’s unemployment rate, says Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“We hope to lower the youth unemployment rate, which is at double-digit now to single-digit. Other countries are able to do so, and we hope to do it and do it better,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony of InvestSmart® Fest 2018.

The minister noted that the employment rate for the graduates of TVET programmes are higher than the graduates from tertiary institutions.

“All these while the focus has been on tertiary education through universities. We should look at TVET,” he said.

According to a report by MIDF research in May, the rising youth unemployment was mainly contributed by the soaring numbers of unemployed graduates, about 204,000, constituting 40.5% of total unemployment.


JPK mula siasat dakwaan kolej perdaya pelajar

KUALA LUMPUR: Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) di Kementerian Sumber Manusia sudah memulakan siasatan ke atas sebuah kolej swasta, dekat sini, yang didakwa memperdaya pelajarnya.

Ketua Pengarahnya, Nidzam Kamarulzaman, berkata siasatan itu susulan pendedahan BH hari ini selepas menerima aduan pelajar yang mendakwa menjadi mangsa apabila mengesyaki diperguna kolej swasta berkenaan sebagai tenaga kerja murah.

“Kita sudah mulakan siasatan, namun butirannya tidak dapat saya dedahkan. Kita tunggu laporan penuh nanti,” katanya kepada BH.

BH hari ini mendedahkan dakwaan pelajar kulinari kolej berkenaan mereka mengesyaki diperdaya dan digunakan sebagai tenaga kerja murah.

Kegiatan dikesan selepas beberapa pelajar mendakwa menjadi mangsa apabila dihantar menjalani latihan praktikal bersama pihak industri sehingga tempoh dua tahun, dengan hanya dibayar elaun RM700 sebulan.

Ditanya mengenai silibus pengajian di kolej itu, Nidzam mengakui ia mencurigakan, khususnya apabila mereka menghantar pelajar menjalani latihan praktikal bersama pihak industri sehingga dua tahun.

“Tempoh dibenarkan untuk menjalani latihan industri luar kolej ialah antara 20 hingga 30 peratus daripada keseluruhan program, manakala selebihnya diwajibkan dilakukan di dalam kolej.

“Kita percaya kegiatan ini seperti bersindiket. Mereka bertopengkan kolej yang menyediakan kursus seperti masakan, perhotelan dan kulinari, semata-mata untuk membekalkan pekerja kepada industri,” katanya.

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK), Nidzam Kamarulzaman.

Selain itu, Nidzam turut khuatir dengan status pelajar yang menjalani kursus di kolej berkenaan yang kemungkinan besar tidak didaftarkan di bawah JPK.

“Semakan dilakukan mendapati hanya 25 pelajar didaftarkan kolej berkenaan sejak ditauliahkan pada 2016, sedangkan mereka sewajarnya mendaftarkan nama semua pelajar setiap kali pengambilan dilakukan.

“Adalah mencurigakan apabila pengambilan pelajar baharu dilakukan hampir setiap bulan. Jika (pelajar) tidak berdaftar dengan JPK, risikonya ialah mereka tidak akan diberikan Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) atau Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM) selepas tamat latihan,” katanya.

Sumber: Berita Harian

Govt wants experts to coach trainers for vocational scheme

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran at a press conference in Ipoh October 6, 2018. — Picture by Marcus Pheong
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran at a press conference in Ipoh October 6, 2018. — Picture by Marcus Pheong

IPOH, Oct 6 — The government is planning to recruit experts from India and Ukraine to train the trainers of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

Speaking to reporters at the Job Fair at Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) 5.0 here, Kulasegaran said many TVET institutions need to be upgraded, adding that government-to-government approaches would best address this.

“I will be heading to India tomorrow as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad instructed me to visit and discuss with the TVET programme in India.

“India has some world experts on aviation, metro techniques, technical matters, artificial intelligence and a few more. We want to bring them here and train our trainers as a collaboration between the two countries,” he said.

Kulasegaran said that he was made to understand that over a million people benefited from India’s vocational training.

He will also visit next month due to the sophistication of their vocational programme.

“The importance of human development cannot be more emphasised than in Ukraine. Their education ministry is only at a regional level, while their TVET programme is at a national level and one of the best-run programmes in the whole world,” he said.

He said that this approach would reduce employers’ dependency on skilled foreign workers.

“When the trainers are equipped with knowledge and experience from experts, they can train the students well and it would allow the students to get accredited certificates.

“So companies do not have to depend on foreign workers and the students who complete the programme can earn a better wage,” he said.

Kulasegaran also urged employees to take up the courses in the TVET programme to upgrade their skills.

“The TVET programme is not only for school leavers. Workers are also eligible to join the programme. Most of the companies are willing to raise the wage provided that the workers have accredited certificates,” he said.

He also said that the ministry is willing to provide financial aid for the workers who wanted to join the TVET programme.


Degree level studies for TVET diploma holders

Deputy Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (fifth from left) with Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) president Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin (fourth from left) and Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar in a group picture to commemorate the signing of the memorandum of understanding between MBOT and the Technology Expert Panel in Putrajaya.
Pix by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor

TECHNICAL and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) diploma holders will soon have the opportunity to study at the bachelor’s degree level in four universities under the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN), creating better career opportunities for their future.

This follows the exchange of 21 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) with the Technology Expert Panel (TEP), a strategic alliance between three sectors, namely government agencies, industry and the academia, under the purview of the Human Resource Ministry, Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Ministry, and Education Ministry, in Putrajaya last week.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the initiative will look at existing gaps that TVET graduates face in terms of qualifications to enable them to further their studies at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Malaysia Pahang and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

“What seems to be the problem for most TVET diploma holders is that they don’t have the necessary Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia credits required by MTUN for entry. We hope to prepare students at TVET colleges with the necessary requirements before they apply to enter MTUN universities,” he said.

However, Mahfuz said, even if TVET diploma holders did not further their studies at universities, they will have the advantage of being recognised as professional technologists and certified technicians.

“We must explore collaborations with international bodies so that our TVET graduates will not only have certificates from Malaysia but also be internationally certified.

That way, they can either work abroad or gain better positions when foreign investors come to Malaysia through recognition accorded,” he added.

MBOT, the professional body that gives professional recognition to technologists and technicians in related technology and technical fields, has already embarked on the articulation process to enable TVET diploma holders to bridge the gap towards the bachelor’s degree level education, said its president, Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.

“The process entails matching the courses, requirements and coursework at vocational colleges with that at higher education institutions. This will ensure that courses the students complete will not have to be repeated at the institution to which they are transferring”, said Zaidee.

He said MBOT has signed an MoU with Education Ministry’s Malaysian Qualifications Agency to facilitate the process for the MTUN initiative.

“On the private higher education side, UniKL is already working with MBOT to facilitate entry of technologists and technicians into their degree courses,” he said.

Mahfuz said in supporting the country’s aspiration towards Industrial Revolution 4.0, MBOT is seen as a dynamic and flexible professional body and most relevant platform to leverage expertise and skills from various areas of technology under its wings.

“This advance technological elements are pervasively embedded into the TVET curricular right up to the technological practicing provision, to add value to the various booming industrial sectors in Malaysia,” he said.

At the MoU exchange, among the TEP panel members that were represented were CyberSecurity Malaysia, DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia. Allied Aeronautics Training Centre Sdn Bhd, Mara Corporation, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Federation of Malaysian Skills Development Centres.

Also present was Deputy Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.



Souvenir: President of MCCC, Tan Yew Sing (second from right) presents a souvenir that incorporates three major ethnic cultures in Malaysia to the Ambassador, H.E. Bai Tian (center).

Kuala Lumpur: The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia, H.E. Bai Tian, disclosed that the China Construction Bank (Malaysia) Berhad recently purchased RM200million Malaysian Islamic Bond to support our new government.

The Ambassador said that the Chinese government places importance on the relations between Malaysia and China. When the new government tries to solve the debt problem, the purchase of government bonds is a support for Malaysia.

The Ambassador expressed the above remarks when he met the delegation led by the President of Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), Tan Yew Sing last Friday. Tan briefed the Ambassador on the major activities and plans of MCCC. Both sides also exchanged views on the recent challenges and development trends of the economic and trade co-operation between Malaysia and China.

The Ambassador pointed out that the Chinese government has three prerequisites for Chinese-funded enterprises when they invest overseas: to abide by the relevant laws and regulations of Malaysia and China, comply with internationally accepted commercial guidelines and the contract, and adhere to the principle of equality, mutual benefit, and win-win co-operation.

The Ambassador said frankly that the Chinese government opposes any company’s improper behaviour. If the Malaysian government needs the assistance of the embassy, he will be happy to co-operate.

Bai stressed that the negative rumours brought by the recent 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) project to the Chinese companies were only one or two cases. The views of the parties concerned on the pragmatic cooperation between Malaysia and China should not be blinded.

Speaking about the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) Project, Tan said that it is understandable the new government needs to review the rationality of this project. However, this does not mean that Malaysia is against China. The governments of both sides should negotiate it at the “nation-to-nation” level based on long-standing friendly relations. In order to achieve a win-win situation, it is indeed necessary to review the project pricing, construction time, project scale and even the construction methods.

The Ambassador pointed out that there are more than 100 state-owned and private enterprises that are currently investing or operating in Malaysia. These Chinese enterprises hire more than 70% employees on average, and the ratio of local employees in many companies is as high as 80% or even 90%. All of these are to achieve better technology transfer in the co-operation between the two countries and lay a solid foundation for Malaysia’s industrial upgrading. There are also some Chinese-funded enterprises that have sent local Malay employees to Chinese corporate headquarters or higher education institutions or vocational colleges for vocational training. In order to cater to the needs of Malay technical workers attending the training in China, the Chinese companies provided them with facilities such as a halal cafeteria and prayer room.

Tan stressed that in order to promote the skills of our country’s manpower and link with China’s advanced industries as soon as possible, it is necessary for Malaysia and China to start from the vocational education co-operation in order to cultivate a new generation of high-quality skilled workers who are familiar with the economic conditions and technologies of the two countries. Malaysia, which is booming, is in great need of China’s technology, R&D resources and capital assistance. Both sides urge the Chinese companies to continue to invest in Malaysia and co-operate with the local business community for a win-win situation.

The Ambassador pointed out that the data of a large number of local employees hired by the Chinese enterprises will eventually scotch the rumours about china threat.

Bai added that certain areas required the employees from China because of the lack of local employees with relevant skills. It is hard to find local technical staff at this stage for specific types of Chinese-funded jobs. For example, TRX Exchange 106 has a full floor completed in every three days. At the top of the building, they are doing two-day cycles on the concrete floor slabs. In addition to proper planning, these achievements and engineering efficiencies must be backed up by skilled technical work.

At present, in line with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has launched 13 international scholarships. There are more than 20 provincial and municipal government scholarships and 20,000 Belt and Road scholarship for overseas students including Malaysia to cultivate China’s soft power. Their target is to have 500,000 international students in 2020. According to statistics, there are more than 8,000 Malaysian students studying in China and more than 15,000 Chinese students studying in Malaysia.

The Ambassador places great importance on the economic and trade relations between Malaysia and China. He elucidates the economic and industrial contribution of Chinese enterprises to Malaysia.

“Like China’s first-tier manufacturing companies, Jinko Solar and JA Solar Holdings, assisted Malaysia to become an important international producer of solar energy. The CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC) has a manufacturing plant in Batu Gajah and this has also made Malaysia the most advanced rail transit vehicle manufacturer in ASEAN,” Bai explained.

Recalling that in 2017, the bilateral trade volume between Malaysia and China reached USD96billion, and China has become Malaysia’s largest trading partner for nine consecutive years.

“Last year, the trade volume has not yet recovered to more than USD100billion but the first quarter of this year has an increase of 15.6%. We have begun to see a good momentum of growth. We are confident that this year’s bilateral trade volume will exceed USD100billion,” Bai said.

Last year, the volume of export from Malaysia to China amounted to USD54billion, accounting for one fourth of Malaysia’s total USD200billion in export. Last year, China was also the largest source of foreign direct investment in Malaysian manufacturing sector.

Ambassador Bai: Fresh Durian to be exported to China

The Ambassador revealed that he had recently met the new Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, YB Salahuddin Ayub. They talked about exporting fresh durian to China (currently only export frozen flesh).

“After I took office, I started to promote the export of Malaysia durian to China. There have been major positive developments in this work recently. I believe there will be good news soon,” Bai believed.

Earlier, Thailand’s Golden Pillow Durian was sold on the Tmall’s “Taste of Thailand” page. It sold more than 80,000 orders in the first minute, causing a stir. The Ambassador felt that the durians from Malaysia were more delicious, especially the Musang King Durian. They are very popular in the Chinese market and there will be a bigger market in the future.

Finally, the Ambassador Bai highly affirmed the significant contribution made by the MCCC in promoting the friendship, economic and trade relations between the two countries, and in particular the annual event of MCCC—Malaysia-China Entrepreneur Conference (MCEC). The Ambassador also praised MCCC for publishing the “Malaysia-China Trade and Investment Guide 2017”, organising the “Invest in China” and “Invest in Malaysia” workshops and bringing local entrepreneurs to China to participate in large-scale expos.

The other leaders of the MCCC who participated in this visit were the First Vice President, Loo Kok Seong, Vice President, Kerk Loong Sing, and Secretary-General, Kevin Siah.


Honda Malaysia collaborates with Education Ministry to enhance technical and vocational training

Honda Malaysia (HM) today signed a certificate of collaboration (CoC) with the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (DPCCE), Ministry of Education (MoE), paving the way for Honda’s training modules to be incorporated into selected automotive syllabi.

The CoC recognises HM’s strategic collaboration with polytechnics and colleges for students to be equipped with industry-ready technical and soft skills. The company will be collaborating with 17 community colleges from nine states in Malaysia with more polytechnics and colleges expected to be added into the list in the near future.

This initiative also supports the government’s focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) towards developing more skilled and certified technicians in Malaysia through high quality training.

“Honda Malaysia has recorded outstanding sales increase by 112% in the past five years and this concurrently increases our service intake by 51% over the same period. This leads us to expand our dealership network nationwide, which now stands at 97 outlets to provide easier access for all our customers. Hence, this initiative is very timely as we are able to have more skilled technicians to cater to our increasing customers,” said Honda Malaysia MD and CEO Toichi Ishiyama.

HM will be incorporating the Maintenance Technician and Repair Technician modules based on Honda’s internal global training programme into selected automotive courses. Students will receive comprehensive training which includes a six-month attachment at Honda dealerships. The training will boost students’ after-sales knowledge and provide them with industry experience and a foundation for future employment.

Students also stand a chance to be official Honda technicians or service personnel upon training and assessment. HM is targeting to receive 120 graduates per year from participating polytechnics and colleges through this collaboration.


Maszlee: Chinese firms want to sponsor TVET students

PETALING JAYA: There will be more TVET scholarship and training opportunities for Malaysian students in education institutions and companies in China, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).

Chinese companies which met him and Education Ministry representatives expressed interest in preparing Malaysians who graduated from technical and vocational education and training to face the challenging international industry.

Dr Maszlee recently visited China where he delivered a speech during the opening of the China-Malaysia TVET forum.

“Some offered scholarships to Malaysian students for training in China,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“It is understood that Sany Group plans to work with the Kedah state government to develop a heavy machinery industrial plant,” said Dr Maszlee, adding this would provide practical training opportunities to 20 students.

He said ZTE Education Management Ltd agreed to offer 300 scholarships for Malaysians to study in TVET institutions in China.

ZTE Education also aims to help increase the current number of 1,300 students from China pursuing their higher education at the Malaysian Technical University.

The Education Minister is also considering a suggestion from ZTE Education to open a China-Malaysia Institute in Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia.

“Founder of GreenPacket Bhd, Puan Chan Cheong, wants to support the establishment of an artificial intelligence technology centre and big data analytics in Malaysian polytechnics,” he said.

Dr Maszlee is confident that this development will mark a new chapter in Malaysian TVET education.

PS: This is not exactly a new thing as Chinese education institutions, especially the academic sector, has been offering scholarship to overseas students, including Malaysians as part of the One Belt initiative.

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Kementerian tutup pusat tauliah swasta?

Nordin Abdul Malek

Nordin Abdul Malek

IPOH – Kementerian Sumber Manusia dilihat seolah-oleh mahu menutup semua pusat latihan kemahiran bertauliah swasta dengan memberikan pelbagai tekanan kepada pengusahanya.

Pengerusi Gabungan Institut Latihan Kemahiran Swasta Bumiputera (GILBKS), Nordin Abdul Malek berkata, dianggarkan sebanyak 600 pusat latihan ini bakal gulung tikar selepas kementerian mengenakan pelbagai syarat baharu yang ketat.

Menurutnya, malah ada peraturan yang ditetapkan itu langsung tidak masuk akal.

“Sejak PH memerintah, terdapat banyak pekeliling bersifat tidak mesra perniagaan dengan mengeluarkan pelbagai pekeliling yang merumitkan lagi perjalanan latihan seperti penamatan program lulus bersyarat mulai Januari 2019 dan pembekuan permohonan penyedia latihan pegawai pengajar vokasional (VTO) yang boleh menjejaskan usaha pusat latihan untuk mematuhi pentauliahan Pusat Bertauliah Swasta (PBS).

“Terbaharu pula, Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK) mengenakan syarat tambahan yang dianggap tidak munasabah iaitu mewajibkan semua PBS mendapatkan surat jaminan majikan bagi setiap pelatih untuk mendapat pekerjaan sebaik sahaja tamat latihan,” katanya dalam kenyataan media kepada Sinar Harian.

Beliau berkata, banyak pihak melihat arahan itu pelik kerana tiada negara di dunia yang meminta institusi pendidikan untuk menyediakan dokumen jaminan pekerjaan daripada majikan kepada pelajar mereka.

Nordin berkata, GILKSB turut menerima rungutan daripada PBS dan pihak-pihak berkepentingan bahawa dana Perbadanan Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) gagal berfungsi sehingga menjejaskan pelbagai bayaran berkaitan.

Malah katanya, pengagihan kuota pinjaman pelatih baru-baru ini menimbulkan persoalan kerana kegagalan kementerian sendiri untuk merancang latihan mengikut sektor yang berpotensi tinggi seperti penerbangan, pertanian dan automasi gagal dibiayai kerana isu-isu bersifat birokrasi.

“Kerajaan harus ingat bahawa usaha menutup 600 PBS ini akan menyebabkan akses latihan semakin menguncup kerana tidak semua keperluan latihan mampu dilaksanakan sendiri oleh kerajaan.

“Malah negara kehilangan tenaga perkhidmatan kemahiran sektor swasta seperti tenaga pengajar berkemahiran dan berpengalaman, peluang pekerjaan kepada puluhan ribu pekerja sektor PBS serta impak nilai ekonomi berganda, kesan kewujudan sesebuah PBS di sesuatu kawasan,” katanya.

Nordin berkata, pihaknya berpandangan kelemahan itu berpunca daripada  kepimpinan kementerian yang tidak berpengalaman dalam bidang berkaitan dan tidak mesra pelanggan.

Katanya, sehingga kini tiada pertemuan serius diadakan antara persatuan-persatuan dan pemilik-pemilik PBS dengan menteri, mahupun timbalan menteri.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya akan menggerakkan usaha menyedarkan semua pihak terhadap kepincangan pelaksanaan pendidikan kemahiran dan vokasional (TVET) dari peringkat sekolah, PBS hinggalah peringkat IPT bersama-sama gabungan persatuan-persatuan berkaitan seluruh negara supaya isu-isu TVET yang semakin parah diselesaikan segera.

Sumber: Sinar Harian, Nasional – 13/9/18