TAR UC to produce talent for railway industry

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) Board of Governors chairman Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai encourages more students to enter the science stream in school so they can take up engineering and technical courses.

He said this after witnessing the signing ceremony of MoUs and MoA between the college and four China-based companies on Thursday.

Source: www.thestartv.com

Comment: If you are not so academically inclined and interested to further your study in rail related subjects, you may exlore Malaysian Rail Academy

Malaysian Railway Academy (MyRA) offers a wide range of training, education and development programs for KTMB employees and any other interested parties in the field of technical and non-technical areas including rail-related subjects.

We provide rail-related training such as train operations, rolling stock maintenance, permanent way management and maintenance, and signalling system. Training methodology for most training programs include modified lecture, group discussions, observations, practical sessions and on-job training.

Source: MyRA FB Page

NST Leader: TVET – Big room for improvement

(File pix) Only 13 per cent of all upper secondary students are pursuing TVET courses, while merely nine per cent are doing them at polytechnics. Pix by NSTP/Aizuddin SaadBy New Straits Times – June 11, 2019 @ 12:01am

THE world of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is one of paradoxes and other mind bogglers.

Five thousand TVET and science places are waiting to be filled, yet there are no takers. Puzzlingly, too, TVET grad employability is a very high 95 per cent versus tertiary institution grad employability of an average of 80 per cent.

This the parents and students do not know, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. Little wonder, only 13 per cent of all upper secondary students are pursuing TVET courses, while merely nine per cent are doing them at polytechnics.

A 2018 report by Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) on The School-To-Work Transition of Young Malaysians lends support to the minister’s claim.

The report quotes job seekers as saying TVET to be the most useful qualification for getting a good job. Yet — here comes another mind boggler — TVET is not a popular education pathway. As Maszlee says, there may need to be a deeper analysis. We agree.

Perhaps, the problem may not be in TVET itself, but in everything associated with it. This maze must be untangled. Consider this.

There are more than 1,000 public and private TVET institutions — 565 public institutions under six ministries and 600 private institutions.

This causes a plethora of problems, says the KRI report. One such is a lack of strategic coordination. This should have been to some extent solved by the Malaysia Board of Technologies — a governance and certification body — launched on Nov 17, 2016. But fragmentation continues. The puzzle thickens.

“Low wages” appear to be standing in the way of TVET, too. To Maszlee, this is a perception problem. It may very well be. And can be solved with some generous dose of awareness.

Remuneration is based on TVET skills acquired and as the skills are upgraded along with the experience gained, salary tends to move up.

But there is hope yet. Maszlee says a cabinet-level committee is hard at work consolidating resources as well as synchronising efforts to ensure stronger branding, more effective governance, funding and accreditation structures to make TVET a primary choice for students.

We will hold our horses until the more “sexy” TVET arrives. Part of this reform involves making the TVET industry responsive, according to deputy director-general at the Education Ministry’s Polytechnic and Community College Education Department, Dr Mohammad Naim Yaakub.

The idea is, he says, to make supply match demand by way of artificial intelligence and big data. This has been the experience of many European countries. European countries have skewed their skills development policy towards encouraging such a match.

KRI sees competency-based training as critical to TVET reform. This allows for the design of practical, demand-driven courses for industry needs.

Competency-based TVET uses short modular courses geared to market industry demand, enabling students to enter the market with a defined set of skills.

Modular courses also come with additional advantages: they promote lifelong learning and are less time-intensive. The rest of the world is heading towards short “nano degrees”. We should too.


Riot dismisses claims that TVET problematic, not systematic

TVET, a relevant choice

Source: www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2019

Comment: Again, would like to point out that one factor that maybe left out is the fact that current Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) & Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM) holders are facing stumbling block in furthering their study to higher education due to SPM qualification issues, ie passing BM & History and/or with 3 credits as per required by MQA.

Look at bigger picture, says Maszlee

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KUALA LUMPUR: MORE than 5,000 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) courses and science courses offered by universities, polytechnics and technical universities have not been taken up.

Although those courses have greater job prospects, students are not enrolling in those classes.

They include sustainability science, applied plant science, forest resource technology, product development technology, natural resources science, agribusiness, applied physics, industrial chemical technology and business engineering.

Since 2017, 1,251 courses in public universities have been suspended or cancelled. This number is almost 30 per cent of the total courses offered in public universities.

“Maybe it’s not ‘sexy’ enough, but students don’t understand that those courses allow them to be employed even before they graduate,” said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik in an interview with the New Straits Times Press.

He cited the cybersecurity course offered by Politeknik Mersing, where students could gain employment even before graduating.

“But when it comes to TVET courses, people do not understand as it is a term that explains everything under the sun, and it may be too vast.

Kolej Vokasional Setapak fashion students staging a show in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, recently. FILE PIC

“What I like to emphasise is that there are jobs available in those courses.”

He also said the number of non-Bumiputera students enrolling in polytechnics and technical institutions was very low, and many were focused on entering matriculation and public universities.

“It’s (matriculation) not the only path. We have Form Six, polytechnics, diploma studies and the Teachers’ Education Institute, which do not have any quota. So now, we want others to look at the bigger picture.”

However, Maszlee said there were weaknesses in the ministry’s steps to disseminate information and guide people through the options. In April, he had said the ministry was looking into rebranding TVET programmes, and this included the possibility of changing its name to a more appealing one.

He said the ministry would make TVET a mainstream education choice for students because they viewed it only as a second option and believed it might not help them much in the future.

Source: www.nst.com.my

Comment: Poor public perception aside, I think following are few other issues:
1. The Education Ministry & Human Resource Ministry has not been promoting enough about TVET courses & it’s future & more importantly, effectively.
2. If I’m not mistaken, entrance requirements to these universities, polytechnics and technical universities still requires a pass in SPM BM & History or 3 credits. This actually deprives many SKM or DKM holders who may not qualify academically but yet they are the ones that are inclined to further their study in these technical courses.

Manpower Dept aims to produce more skilled workers

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SHAH ALAM: The Manpower Department aims to produce more skilled workers than its present 28%.

“We need to reach the target of 35% by 2020,“ said its director-general, Datuk Muhd Khair Razman Mohamed Annuar.

He believes they will be able to meet the target through their Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.

Muhd Khair said, currently they were in smart partnerships with private entities which conducts TVET programmes.

“Presently, there are 565 TVET public institutions under six ministries, while the private entities have over 600 institutions,“ he told theSun today after attending the Monfort Boys Town’s graduation ceremony.

“This is why the partnership with private TVET institutions is important. In order to produce a bigger percentage of skilled workers, it is vital for both private and public TVET institutions to work closely with us.

“Though TVET focuses on the technical, electronic, electrical, civil engineering, ICT, but we will diversify to hospitality courses soon, because it is a platform that nurtures the interest of the youth.

“In the long term, we want graduates to become entrepreneurs, where they can apply for funding from the skilled development corporate fund when they have undergone the programmes and obtained a certificate,“ he said.

He added that even after the graduates are working, they can upgrade their skills through the institutions recognised by the department.

“We have 32 institutions under the Manpower Department – the industrial training institutes, the Japan Technical Institute in Penang, and advanced technologies centres, which besides running full-time courses, also organise short courses to cater for working adults. Our institutions are open to 11pm.”

Muhd Khair said TVET graduates are equally competent as compared with other graduates from various colleges and universities.

Source: https://www.thesundaily.my

Occupations With The Highest Hiring Demand In Malaysia 2018/2019

If you are undecided on what skills/TVET program to study, you may want to consider jobs that employers are desperate to fill.
This also apply if you’re planning planning a change in your profession or simply starting out in your career.
Check out the Critical Occupations List 2018/2019 before you make your decision on which course to pursue or next career decision.

The Critical Occupations List (COL) shows occupations that are skilled, sought-after, and strategic across 18 sectors in Malaysia. The COL identifies shortages in occupations that are sought-after by employers. As a job seeker, this means that with the right skills, education and experience, you can increase your chances of getting hired by focusing on jobs on the COL list.

In the 2018/2019 list, a total of 59 skilled occupations were identified (Some of those in the list has a NOSS – National Occupational Skills Standard)

The COL was first put together in 2015/2016 and some occupations have been in demand since. Here are the jobs which have been on the list for three consecutive years.

  1. Finance Manager
  2. Policy and Planning Manager
  3. Business Services Manager
  4. Research and Development Manager
  5. Information and Communications Technology Manager
  6. Geologist and Geophysicist
  7. Mathematician, Actuary and Statistician
  8. Industrial and Production Engineer
  9. Mechanical Engineer
  10. Mining Engineer, Metallurgist and Related Professional
  11. Engineering Professional (Excluding Electrotechnology) Not Elsewhere Classified
  12. Electrical Engineer
  13. Electronic Engineer
  14. Telecommunications Engineer
  15. Manufacturing Professional
  16. Accountant
  17. Financial Analyst
  18. Systems Analyst
  19. Software Developer
  20. Applications Programmer
  21. Software and Applications Developer and Analyst Not Elsewhere Classified
  22. Database Designer and Administrator
  23. Systems Administrator
  24. Computer Network Professional
  25. Electronics Engineering Technician
  26. Mechanical Engineering Technician
  27. Insurance Agent

Source: Adapted from Critical Skills Monitoring Committee

If you want the FULL report, kindly email to tvetjob [at] gmail.com with your details as below:

1. Name
2. Age (To recommend courses suitable for you, if applicable)
3. HP no (in case there’s any job opening/business opportunity for you)
4. Highest Skills Qualification: Eg SKM3, DKM or DLKM
5. Highest Academic Qualification: Eg SRP, SPM, Bac of Electrical Engineering, MBA etc
6. Working experience (or resume – in case there’s any job opening)

Cari formula supaya pekerja tidak ‘lari’ selepas ikuti latihan kemahiran – Kula Segaran

Cari formula supaya pekerja tidak 'lari' selepas ikuti latihan kemahiran - Kula Segaran
Kula Segaran mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Majlis Penasihat Buruh Kebangsaan, di Putrajaya, pada Isnin. Astro AWANI

Majikan disaran mewujudkan perjanjian bagi memastikan pekerja tidak meninggalkan syarikat selepas menjalani latihan bagi meningkatkan kemahiran diri.

Menteri Sumber Manusia M Kula Segaran berkata perlu ada formula bagi ‘mengikat’ pekerja untuk jangka masa tertentu supaya prestasi sesebuah syarikat tidak terjejas selepas menghantar pekerja mengikuti latihan kemahiran.

“Setengah majikan beritahu saya, mereka tidak mahu menghantar pekerja mendapatkan latihan kerana apabila mereka pulang, gaji perlu dinaikkan dan ada juga yang akan berhenti kerja selepas dihantar menjalani latihan kemahiran industri.

“Saya beri cadangan supaya majikan perlu menandatangani perjanjian dengan pekerja. Jika pekerja dihantar menjalani latihan, mereka perlu datang semula kepada syarikat untuk berkhidmat, umpama ‘mengikat’ pekerja selepas diberi latihan.

“Amat menyedihkan buat majikan jika pekerja meninggalkan syarikat selepas dihantar mendapatkan latihan, kerana ia akan menjejaskan perniagaan dan sebagainya,” katanya pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Majlis Penasihat Buruh Kebangsaan, di sini, hari ini.

Menurutnya, formula kerajaan yang menaja pelajar mendapat pengajian luar negara boleh digunapakai pihak majikan untuk memastikan pekerja mereka ‘setia’ untuk terus berkhidmat

Dalam pada itu, Kula Segaran turut menekankan mengenai kepentingan memacu dasar Pendidikan dan Latihan Teknikal dan Vokasional (TVET) negara bagi meningkatkan kemahiran (up-skilling dan re-skilling) pelajar serta tenaga kerja sedia ada.

Ia katanya, selaras dengan hasrat kerajaan untuk meningkatkan tenaga mahir kepada 35 peratus menjelang 2020, berbanding hanya pada kadar 28 peratus sekarang.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, beliau memaklumkan telah mencadangkan kepada Jabatan Tenaga Manusia (JTM) supaya membuka pusat latihan kemahiran di institusi TVET dari jam 5.30 petang hingga 11 malam, bukan pada waktu kerja biasa dari 8 pagi hingga 5 petang.

“Ini bagi memenuhi keperluan melatih tenaga kerja sedia ada. Dan jika ia berjaya dilaksanakan, ia mampu meningkatkan gaji sedia ada sebanyak 10 hingga 20 peratus,” jelasnya.

Terdahulu, Kula Segaran ditanya berhubung isu gaji minimum, sama ada kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) dapat memberi jaminan ia akan ditingkatkan kepada RM1,500 seperti yang dijanjikan manifesto PH semasa Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU14) lalu.

Mengulas perkara itu, Kula Segaran berkata, isu peningkatan gaji minimum perlu diperhalusi supaya majikan dan pekerja mendapat situasi menang-menang.

Sumber: http://www.astroawani.com

Komen: Betul ke formula penajaan pelajar mendapat pengajian luar negara boleh digunapakai pihak majikan untuk mengikat pekerja mereka? Pada pendapat min, pelajar kerja dengan kerajaan sebab anggap ia pekerjaan yang stabil tapi di pihak swasta, pekerja masih cenderung berkhidmat di syarikat lain bila dapat tawaran yang lebih baik setelah mereka dilatih/dipersijilkan.
Min berpendapat formula pakej penggajian yang lebih baik adalah strategi yang paling baik supaya pekerja tak tinggalkan syarikat sedia ada & kerja di syarikat lain setelah mendapat latihan/persijilan baru. Tapi, ini pula menyebabkan majikan berfikir, mengapa pula nak belanja dua kali?
Pertama, kos yuran latihan, kedua, kena tambah gaji pula lepas tu. Sekiranya produktiviti pekerja meningkat jauh melebihi kedua-dua kos ni, berbaloilah tapi min rasa kebiasaannya tidak.
Apa pendapat anda pula?

Attain professional diplomas in business leadership or hospitality leadership at BTVET

Students interested in attaining globally recognised American professional business and hospitality qualifications can now apply for the Professional Diploma in International Business Leadership or Professional Diploma in Hospitality Leadership courses at BERJAYA TVET College (BTVET).

BTVET is the first vocational and professional institution to offer American Hospitality Academy (AHA) professional diploma certification courses in Malaysia.

Both these courses address concerns related to leadership, cultural diversity, technology and interpersonal skills, all which are vital skills needed in the global workplace. Those who sign up will have an edge as they will learn to develop skills in leadership and management, attain positive attitudes and work ethics, and grow a sense of responsibility and desire to excel towards becoming effective business communicators with multicultural supervisory capabilities.

On completion of the courses, students will be able to play their roles in the workforce in a professional manner and deliver quality products and/or services, while inspiring and motivating industry peers. They can look forward to working in a diverse working environment among employees from different backgrounds and cultures, and successfully lead the pack in today’s business and hospitality climate that is characterised by rapid change and globalisation.

Graduating students can expect to receive a certificate from both AHA and BTVET for each module. They will also be awarded an overall Professional Diploma on completion of all specified modules.

Said BTVET president, Kanendran T. Arulrajah: “AHA’s Professional Diplomas develop industry leaders to lead people to do the right thing, the right and effective way. It also recognises the importance in inspiring and motivating people of various backgrounds to achieve common business and hospitality goals.”

The collaborative effort between BTVET and AHA is said to resonate with a quote from John Quincy Adams – “If your action inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

Henceforth, you may reach us at tvetuni@gmail.com or express your interest here, no obligation.

Workers can demand higher pay for better skills through TVET

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran addresses the media after the  National Labour Advisory Council Meeting in Putrajaya May 27, 2019. — Picture by Terence Tang
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran addresses the media after the National Labour Advisory Council Meeting in Putrajaya May 27, 2019. — Picture by Terence Tang

PUTRAJAYA, May 27 — Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran today urged workers to take up technical and vocational training so they can push for higher salaries.

He said this was why the ministry proposed that technical vocational education and training (TVET) centres be opened from 5.30pm to 11pm, so that employees who are working full-time can attend the training after office hours.

“So if every worker in the country is skilled, even the janitors, those who are working (as cleaners) in the toilets, if they are properly skilled, you can command a good income,” Kulasegaran told reporters after the National Labour Advisory Council meeting here. 

He cited Singapore as an example where he claimed that various personnel there have earned certifications and can be highly trained.

“If Singapore can do it, there’s no reason why we cannot do it,” the minister asserted.

When asked if Pakatan Harapan could achieve its 2018 election promise of raising the minimum wage to RM1,500 monthly within its first term of office, Kulasegaran simply restated the coalition’s manifesto pledge of doing so “within this period”.

He also indicated that with increased skills, an employee’s income can rise from the minimum wage of RM1,100, for instance, to a higher pay.

Kulasegaran said that he has presented these initiatives to the government.

TVET Malaysia was launched by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in September 2017 after a rebranding process. It provides a variety of vocational courses.

Source: https://www.malaymail.com