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Taiwan promotes vocational and technical education for overseas compatriot students

Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興), Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Committee, pictured above. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – To commemorate Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s second year in office, chief of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) is looking back at the achievements of the education projects made for the overseas compatriot students from the Southeast Asian countries under President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy.

In terms of education, the OCAC has encouraged students to come to Taiwan for training and education. The number of  overseas compatriot students coming to Taiwan has increased from 700+ to more than 1,000, in two years, and the students’ country of origin has also gradually expanded.

In an interview with the Central News Agency (CNA), Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興), the chairman of OCAC, said that over the past two years, the Taiwanese government has relaxed the number of schools participating in the “3+4 Overseas Compatriot Students’ Technical and Vocational Training Courses,” and has actively enrolled students from Southeast Asian countries, and the results have been remarkable.

The students of the “3+4 Overseas Compatriot Students’ Technical and Vocational Training Courses” come to Taiwan to study in vocational high schools for 3 years. After graduation, they continue their studies for 4 years at technical colleges.

According to OCAC data, in 2016, there were only five participating schools and 754 overseas compatriot students studying in the program. In 2017, there were 12 schools participating with 1034 overseas compatriot students, and this year, the numbers have increased to 13 schools with 1,531 enrolled students.

Not only has the number of overseas compatriot vocational school students increased, but also the number of countries from which they have come. Wu said that a majority have been coming from Vietnam and Malaysia, and now, more students are also coming from Indonesia, Burma, and other countries.

He said that in the future, the OCAC will continue to expand the reach of this program and hope to recruit more Chinese-ethnic students of different nationalities by communicating with overseas compatriot parents and promote the services provided for overseas compatriot students.

Wu pointed out that in addition to the “3+4 Overseas Compatriot Students’ Technical and Vocational Training Courses,” the OCAC also promotes youth technology courses for overseas compatriot students, overseas compatriot graduates and workers, and students who have come to Taiwan to study at two-year technical and vocational programs. The graduation certificate issued by the OCAC helps the overseas compatriots start their own businesses after returning home

According to OCAC data, in 2016, Overseas Youth Vocational Training Classes had 1,179  students distributed among 17 schools and in 2017 the number increased to 1,380 attending 21 schools.

With regard to the advantages of overseas students coming to study in Taiwan, Wu said that quality of vocational senior high schools and higher education in Taiwan is slightly better than Southeast Asian countries, including teachers and equipment.

At the same time, Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries are culturally similar. So the overseas compatriot students are able to integrate quickly into Taiwan’s society, including Taiwan’s freedom and democracy among the advantages.

Wu conveys that the OCAC provides tuition subsidies to overseas students who are studying at Taiwan. Overseas compatriot students can also work part-time up to 20 hours per week, alleviating the financial burdens of studying abroad.

Additionally, the Overseas Credit Guarantee Fund (OCGFund) can provide a loan of NT$80,000 to overseas students who need assistance when they arrive in Taiwan, and then repay them in installments.

In order to attract more overseas compatriots to Taiwan, Wu mentions that the OCAC also discussed with related ministries and councils to relax the conditions under which the overseas compatriot students can remain in Taiwan after graduation.

He said that the draft of the “New Economic Immigration Law” planned by the Cabinet includes this modification. Those who graduate from vocational high school and receive their certification will be able to stay in Taiwan to look for a job, which will help increase Taiwan’s middle-level technical manpower.

SourceL https://www.taiwannews.com.tw

TVET Malaysia: 5 Reasons to Consider Technical and Vocational Education and Training

TVET Malaysia: 5 Reasons to Consider Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Planning for your career is tough. There are a thousand and one things to consider. From the cost of education, your interests, job satisfaction, pay and managing social expectations; this is not an easy undertaking. Thankfully, there are many career paths and one compelling route is Technical and Vocational Education and Training or TVET for short.

According to UNESCO, TVET is:

“those aspects of the educational process involving,

  • in addition to general education,
  • the study of technologies and related sciences and
  • the acquisition of practical skills, attitudes, understanding, and knowledge relating to occupation in various sectors of economic life.”

Technical and Vocational Education and Training consists of

  • “apprenticeship training,
  • vocational education,
  • technical education,
  • technical-vocational education,
  • occupational education,
  • vocational education and training,
  • professional and vocational education,
  • career and technical education,
  • workforce education,
  • workplace education, and others.”

Going into TVET will equip you with the practical skills that will transform you into a skilled worker ready for the real world. Increasingly, it has become more apparent that academic qualifications are not the be all end of career paths as seen with the oversupply of fresh graduates in Malaysia. However, the million RM question is this. Should you be considering TVET? Read on to let us make the case!

*Disclaimer: as choosing a career and education is an important life decision, we urge you to do more research after reading this primer.


  1. 1. Proposed Raising of Minimum Wage of Local Skilled Workers by the Govt

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According to The Star and other news outlets, the Govt plans to raise the minimum wage for local skilled workers to RM3,500 up from RM1,200 — achieving parity with skilled foreign workers. This is part of the plan to eventually raise this amount to RM5,000 by 2030. This proposal was put forward by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahaid Hamidi along with other efforts to meet the demand for skilled workers who underwent TVET training.

Although this may or may not come to pass, it is clear that skilled workers are in high demand in Malaysia. This effort along with others shows that the Government is committed to making this a viable career path, This is in large part due to the demand for skilled workers and the shortage in supply of skilled workers.

  1. Malaysia Needs More Skilled Workers

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In a meeting with the press, Malaysian Chinese Association president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai called for the training  of more skilled workers that would allow Malaysia to be competitive in a variety of industries. Currently, Malaysia is facing a labor crunch in the logistics, manufacturing and agriculture industries. These industries had to resort to finding foreign workers to fill this gap. The stats back this up as well.

Compared to other developed countries, skilled workers in Malaysia consisted of only 28% of the local workforce, compared to 43% in developed countries. It is clear that there is a demand for local skilled workers that need to be filled in Malaysia. For a country to develop and progress; having skilled workers from TVET institutes are as important if not more important as having tertiary graduates.

  1. New Jobs Created in Malaysia Will Require Skilled Workers With TVET

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In addition, The Sun Daily reported that out of the 1.5 million jobs that the government is targeting to create by 2020, an estimated 60% will require someone with a TVET education. This comment was made by Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.

Moreover, he added that people who underwent TVET training could access a myriad of employment opportunities as business people and digital technopreneurs. Clearly, the government is behind this initiative, raising the validity of embarking on TVET and becoming a skilled worker as a career path.

  1. TVET Careers Are Promising And Rewarding

Engineers at work PVET
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This point is subjective but we believe that it rings true for many. Not everyone is academically inclined or well suited for tertiary education.

A TVET education is great if you fulfill these criteria:

  1. You may prefer a more hands-on approach to learning that takes place outside the classroom.
  2. You already have an ideal career or some industry you would like to work in.
  3. You may feel that studying too much is waste of time and you would like to start work and soon as possible.
  4. You would like to learn practical things in the real world.

Most of these courses will allow you to work and study giving you a higher degree of freedom. TVET will allow you to do all these things and more.

  1. Tertiary Education Is Expensive And Not Suited for Everyone

University Stress
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Let’s face it, university education is not for everyone. If the thought of the SPM gives you PTSD, pursuing an alternate career path may be better for you. Furthermore, studying in university is not cheap at all. An article by The New Straits Times in 2017 showed that tuition fees in the country cost an average of RM38,000 a year.

This puts a huge strain on the parents who send their children to the university as it may cost as much as half their salaries to send their children there. This fee does not include daily expenses and often many parents take up loans to send their children to university. In contrast, TVET programs are often cheaper, take less time, more flexible and offer good career prospects as well.

We hope that reading this article will provide you useful information about your future career and educational prospects. Do let us know in the comments if there is any more useful information about this topic!

Source: https://www.shopback.my/blog/tvet-malaysia-information

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Vocational education and training sector is still missing out on government funding: report

There is a stark difference between schools, VET and higher education spending in Australia, according to our research published today.

The Mitchell Institute’s 2017 report shows that while spending on schools and higher education continues to grow, vocational education and training (VET) expenditure is going in the opposite direction. We are spending less on VET now than we were a decade ago, in real terms.


The chart below shows the trends in expenditure over an 11-year period to 2015-16. This analysis uses 2005-06 as the base index year. Indexing enables comparison of change over time from a common starting point, which is 100 here. So, an increase from 100 to 102 would represent a 2% increase. All expenditure values are in 2015-16 dollars, converted to real terms using a GDP deflator.



This analysis was done using Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data. While more detailed data are available for each education sector through different collections, the ABS applies the same method for estimating expenditure for each sector. This makes it the best means of making a comparison across schools, VET and higher education.

The figures include all expenditure by government entities – meaning by governments (to both public and private education providers) and also by public schools, TAFEs and universities. This gives us an approximate picture of where the dollars are flowing, and how this is changing over time.

What’s important here is the increasing disparity in expenditure growth between the sectors, particularly between VET and higher education.

VET missing out

This comparison confirms widespread concerns about VET going backwards. Expenditure in 2015-16 was 4.7% below the level in 2005-06.

This tells a worrying story about quality vocational education and training not being a priority for governments.

Key growth employment areas like aged care, early childhood education and hospitality rely on vocational training for skilled workers. Building up vocationally qualified workers in the growing service and caring industries will be essential, particularly as employment in the manufacturing sector declines.

Universities going from strength to strength

Higher education has followed a very different path. Spending has grown by 53% over the 11 years from 2005-06.

These figures include spending on more than just teaching and learning and universities have other significant sources of revenue, including international students.

Even so, it is clear that governments, and Australians collectively, are prioritising spending on university education over vocational training.

Early years catching up

This is the second time preschool has been included in this overview of education expenditure.

The chart below compares growth in expenditure on preschool, alongside the other education sectors over the same 11-year period.



Although coming off a much lower base, preschool spending grew rapidly following the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education in 2009. This growth reflects a growing awareness of the importance of the early years among governments.


This comparison shows where we are focusing our education resources as a nation.

These diverging patterns of expenditure across the education sectors reflect our longstanding fragmented approach to policy and funding, particularly at the tertiary level.

Under current policy settings, it is not hard to imagine the already considerable discrepancy between VET expenditure and higher education and school expenditure continuing to grow.

This report, the fourth in the series, should prompt government to consider a more strategic approach to distributing resources across the education sector.

The uneven approach between VET and higher education in particular reflects an ongoing failure to conceive of the two as part of a single tertiary education system.

This blindspot continues to act as a barrier to the creation of the responsive, integrated education and training system many are arguing is needed to sustain economic growth in a changing world.

Source: theconversation.com

Comment: Malaysia should be applauded for going the other way round but then, leakages are still rampant. Recent swindled fund of RM40 million from PTPK is a very good example. It has caused the private providers to have a very hard time recruiting students due to very low quota for funding

Preparing Malaysians for the work of the future

The integration of on-the-job training and lifelong learning into TVET curriculum can ensure that graduates are job-ready, yet adaptable to changing skills requirements.

“WHAT do you want to be when you grow up?” This is one question we have all been asked at one point in our lives, whether the answer requires a 350-word essay or just one-word, usually referring to a job.

How does one answer this same question today with automation taking place and the fact that many jobs of the future do not exist yet?

A good example is social media jobs. It is hard to imagine a high-paying social media job a decade ago and this same job may be completely transformed in the near future, if it still exists at all.

Over one-third of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will probably have changed five years from now based on research by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The young people today will need a portfolio of skills and capabilities to navigate the complex world of work in the future.

In fact, a report by Deloitte University Press on “Re-imagining Higher Education” predicts that 50 per cent of the content in an undergraduate degree will be obsolete within five years due to the impact of digital transformation.

While we talk about the future of work — which jobs will disappear and which will remain — we also need to shift the focus to understand the skills and capabilities in demand.

Another WEF report, The Future of Jobs, identified complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as the top three skills out of 10 that workers will need in 2020.

Although active listening is considered a core skill today, the report said that it will completely disappear from being an important skill at the workplace. Instead, emotional intelligence is said to become one of the top skills needed by all in the future.

Linear careers, where the path begins with the choices you made in the subjects you studied at university before entering the world of work, will be far less common. There is a strong need to constructively engage employers in changing the education system in the years to come.

The allocation of RM4.9 billion for TVET (technical and vocational education training) institutions in the 2018 Budget is definitely more necessary now than ever before to prepare for the work of the future.

Malaysia plans to have 35 per cent of skilled workforce by 2020 to achieve a high-income nation status. The government has also set a goal to increase the country’s percentage of skilled workers to 45 per cent by 2030. It is about time the country upgrades its TVET system.

If there is one thing that TVET can do is that it could provide a means of tackling unemployment. Vocational education tends to result in a faster transition into the workplace and countries that place greater emphasis on TVET have been successful in maintaining low youth unemployment rates.

However, a negative social bias has often prevented young people from enrolling in TVET. Although vocational subjects are more varied, they are often poorly understood.

Many people associate vocational track programmes with low academic performance, poor quality provision and blocked future pathways that do not lead to higher education. Young people and parents shun vocational education, which they regard as a “second-choice” education option.

Academic subjects are valued more highly than vocational ones. Medicine, law and engineering are seen as career options with huge earnings potential. Several academic studies also caution against specialising vocational subjects at a young age because they are more specific and directly related to particular occupations.

For TVET to be valued as the equal of academic education, further education providers should not be overlooked.

The integration of on-the-job training and lifelong learning into TVET curriculum can ensure that graduates are job-ready yet adaptable to changing skills requirements. The funding is necessary so that TVET institutions can upgrade learning environments and invest in professional development. In return, it can raise teaching quality by increasing the qualification levels of the instructors and making pedagogical training obligatory.

Finland is one example of TVET success — a result of external and internal policy shifts — that we can learn from. The country’s systematic efforts since 2000 to upgrade the quality and status of TVET has lead to an increased percentage of application for the programmes from the Finnish youth.

TVET institutions in this country received the same basic and development funding as general education institutions. The curriculum has been restructured to include the national core curriculum required for access to university, as well as strong on-the-job training and lifelong learning components. TVET students are allowed to progress to further studies at university or applied sciences level.

Many parents’ worst nightmare is seeing their child aimlessly chasing dream without achieving anything. It is time that we should retire asking the young ones on what they want to be when they grow up.

Instead, we should provide accurate information and exposure to where future jobs will exist, including the skills to craft and navigate their careers.

It looks like learning and adapting will become more apparent in the future of workforce. As more students will find themselves doing work that does not exist, we should prepare them intellectually, socially and emotionally to continuously adapt to changes.

Source: www.nst.com.my

 

Manyin: Stop stigmatising vocational education

Manyin presents a trophy and certificate to a student. At left is Kuching Vocational College director Ng Fook Yin. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Vocational education should not be stigmatised as an option for dropouts because skilled workers are key to steering Malaysia towards developed nation status.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong stressed that parents should instead motivate their children to go for vocational training.

According to him, as early as the 1970s, vocational education became stigmatised as the option for dropouts who failed to excel in public examinations.

“At that time, people thought that you’re there because you’re a dropout, so vocational school was not very popular. Our education system is academic-centric and does not emphasise skills training,” he said during the Kuching Vocational College’s awards presentation ceremony yesterday.

“This is why today we are so far behind in terms of skilled workers compared to other developed nations.” Manyin said Malaysia only has a 7 per cent skilled workforce at present compared to South Korea’s 96 per cent, Germany at 80 per cent, the United States at 75 per cent, and China at 45 per cent.

“Malaysia has only 7 per cent, so how do we compete with the world? So we don’t talk about the 4.0 industrial revolution. We are now still at 2.0 industrial stage,” he lamented.

Manyin pointed out that in the next five to 10 years, about 80 per cent of jobs would be science- and engineering- or skills-based.

He also quoted a projection that 1.5 million jobs in Malaysia would require skills training by 2020.

“Our education system is too exam-oriented and in Malaysia, people are embarrassed to tell others that ‘I’m a plumber’ or ‘I’m an electrician’. In Germany, they don’t ask you what degree you have, but what skills you have,” he added.

He stressed that with the right training, skilled workers could even earn more than those in other sectors.

“Get the correct training and you will be the future of Malaysia. When we reach 4.0 industrial revolution, those with degree qualifications might not be able to get jobs but with specific skills, you will be competitive and employable.

Let vocational training be the first choice for our boys and girls. Tell the world that you have skills, that you can be more productive than others,” he said.

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Siapa yang patut hadir?
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b) Calon Pegawai Pengesah luaran SLDN
c) PP-PPT yang ingin dilantik sebagai PPL-PPT
d) Individu yang terlibat dengan pengendalian Pusat Bertauliah

Kenapa perlu hadir?
a) Memenuhi syarat untuk menjadi PPL
b)Memahami tugas dan tanggungjawab PPL

Syarat
a) 18 tahun ke atas
b) Warganegara Malaysia atau PR
c) Telah lulus kursus induksi PP-PPD

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Siapa yang patut hadir?
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Kenapa perlu hadir?
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Syarat
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Siapa yang patut hadir?
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b) Calon Pegawai Pengesah luaran SLDN
c) PP-PPT yang ingin dilantik sebagai PPL-PPT
d) Individu yang terlibat dengan pengendalian Pusat Bertauliah

Kenapa perlu hadir?
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b) Memahami tugas dan tanggungjawab PPL
c) WAJIB untuk perlantikan sebagai PPL, PPL-PPT, PPL-SLDN

Syarat
a) 18 tahun ke atas
b) Warganegara Malaysia atau PR
c) Telah lulus kursus induksi PP-PPD

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Degree no longer a ticket to jobs, says Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister

PUTRAJAYA – A university degree is not a ticket to get jobs and it may even be a stumbling block at times.

Deputy Education Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon said some graduates had to use their SPM qualifications to apply for jobs after their degrees literally led them nowhere.

“This is very sad but a reality,” he said.

He added that they do not even dare to reveal that they were degree holders for fear of being deemed “over qualified”, which could reduce their chances of being taken in by prospective employers.

In a interview with The Star yesterday, Chong said there were various factors for graduates failing to get jobs.

Apart from an increasingly competitive job market and a slowing economy, he said other reasons included a mismatch between the supply of the types of graduates and the availability of jobs relevant to their qualifications.

“The trend is to go for prestige-sounding courses like engineering, law and accountancy besides medicine and pharmacy for instance.

“Most parents and their children are either ignorant of the problems of mismatch later or they just follow the trend.

“Some of the graduates also find out later that they just do not make the cut for their chosen field,” he said, with many opting to do all sorts of sales jobs to survive.

While many, if not all parents, want their children to have a university degree, Chong advised them to be pragmatic in their choices.

He pointed out that some people were more suited to be a skilled worker and thus vocational or technical training was suitable for them.

“But sad to say, not many people in Malaysia turn to vocational or technical training.

“They do not see such courses as a choice but a last resort,” he said, advising Malaysians to review their perception on this.

In fact, Chong said vocational and technical training was already very popular in advanced countries, comprising 70 per cent of students in Germany and 60 per cent of students in Taiwan.

“Those with training in a field they have interest in can go far in their career. Opting for a course just because it was trendy could spell the beginning of many disappointments,” he said.

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Penang inks RM2m German skill training programme to meet industry needs

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang’s unemployment figures have remained encouraging with the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia now at 1.2 per cent. — Picture by K.E. OoiPenang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang’s unemployment figures have remained encouraging with the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia now at 1.2 per cent. — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, Oct 6 — In a bid to meet the high demand for skilled workers in the state, Penang introduced today the first ever RM2 million German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT) programme with the signing of the training programme agreement.

Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) signed the agreement with the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) and several host companies for an international training programme aimed to train students on-the-job.

“The vocational schools by the Education Ministry have failed to deliver in terms of quality graduates and this GDVT will fill the needs by the industry for skilled workers,” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said, after witnessing the signing.

The DAP-led Penang government sponsored RM2 million towards the programme which will be conducted on-the-job at participating companies such as B Braun, Bosch, Carsem (M) Sdn Bhd, Dynacraft Industries, Inari Technology, Osram and Southern Steel.

“This is a German dual vocational training system and the first of its kind to be introduced in Malaysia,” Lim said at his speech during the signing ceremony at PSDC today.

He pointed out the uniqueness of the programme in which the students are hired by the training company as regular staff with a monthly salary while they are also getting trained concurrently at PSDC.

The first programme under the GDVT scheme in Penang is for mechatronics with a first batch of 22 students.

“We hope to open application for students not working in companies because the state government hopes to take in 500 to 600 students through our sponsorship,” Lim said.

He said the programme will also serve to reduce income inequality in Penang while improving the skills of a segment of the workforce.

“I hope more programmes such as this will be offered in future to result in more specialists in the local labour market,” he said.

Lim also said Penang’s unemployment figures have remained encouraging with the lowest unemployment rate in Malaysia now at 1.2 per cent.

Earlier, PSDC chairman Dr Juergen Schloesser said the GDVT programme is designed to upskill the existing technical workforce, especially from the operator and junior technician levels.

The main objective is to give employees an opportunity to acquire a recognised Malaysian Skills Diploma with a German Chamber (AHK) accreditation, he added.

PSDC will also be rolling out new modules to cover other industry sectors under the GDVT programme by next year.

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