Is TVET route better since more and more graduates (academic) are facing unemployment in Malaysia?

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Referring to the article published by NST on 3/3/2020, our 21 public-sector universities and 38 private-sector universities produce something like 51,000 graduates a year, but nearly 60% remain unemployed one year after graduation, according to a study in 2018 conducted by the Minstry of Education Malaysia’s Graduate Tracer Study.

There are many factors contributing to this, such as mismatch of skills (most academic programs are based on theory only but not practical in the real world), poor language skills (especially English), interpersonal & communication skills etc.

However, those who studies TVET courses may have a better chance of being employed @ high marketability. There’s already pathway for TVET graduates to further study to University level (despite failing/no credit for History or BM for SPM, whether for management related programs like those offered by Unirazak or pure technical degrees leading to Bac of Technology, offered by the 4 public universities collectively known as MTUN.

So, even if you excel academically, academic route may not be the best choice except for certain professional programs like law, medicine, pharmacy etc where academic pathway is the only option.

There are hundreds of TVET/skills programs for you to choose from, you may refer to the National Occupation Skills Standards (NOSS) for a start/guide. However, not all programs are offered by the public & private TVET/skills centres, accredited by Department of Skills Development (DSD)@Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK).

If you need further counselling on what TVET/skills courses to pursue or consultation to set up a TVET/JPK accredited centre (make sure your program is at least 6 months – 1 year and available in the NOSS, feel free to contact us at various channels stated here.

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