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Maszlee to head TVET empowerment committee

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik

JASIN: Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik will head the national-level Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Empowerment Committee to develop a new policy that is more relevant to industrial needs.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said the decision was reached at a special meeting among ministers and ministries related to TVET last Wednesday.

“The new TVET Empowerment Committee has been merged with the previous one led by Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and it will be headed by Dr Maszlee Malik.

“Our aim is to review related issues thoroughly and devise a new strategy in order to strengthen TVET,” he told reporters after visiting the Selandar Industrial Training Institute (ILP) here yesterday.

Kulasegaran also said that specific focus would be given to the implementation of TVET in training institutions across the country including ILPs and vocational colleges.

He said the special focus involved various aspects including better allocation and infrastructure to produce skilled manpower.

This was in line with the current needs of the country’s job market that emphasised on the recruitment of skilled manpower as opposed to academic qualifications to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), he added.

Kulasegaran said the special focus was also to create more local skilled manpower at 35% next year compared to just 28% now.

Source: www.thestar.com.my

Comment: Hope that decisions to be made by the new TVET Empowerment Committee headed by the Dr Maszlee would not favour TVET institutions under the Education Ministry over TVET institutions under Human Resources Ministry, like how the Vocational Colleges (KV) has ‘cannibalised’ the ILP & IKBN/IKTBN in terms of students enrollment & ‘special’ approvals given to them in the past, despite them not fully ready to implement TVET programs.

Ministry identifying youth institutes that can be upgraded to offer diploma courses

PEKAN: The Youth and Sports Ministry is in the process of identifying National Youth Skills Institutes (IKBN) that can be upgraded to offer diploma courses to meet Industry Revolution 4.0 needs, said its minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

He said that there are 22 IKBN throughout the country and that some of them had been identified for the purpose so that the graduates’ entry-level pay would be higher.

“Currently, the entry-level pay for IKBN leavers is between RM1,400 to RM1,600 … if IKBN can be upgraded to National Youth Higher Skills Institutes (IKTBN), they (graduates) can secure starting pay of RM1,800 or RM1,900.

“That is why my ministry is making this effort … before upgrading, we have to make sure the IKBN in question has the equipment and facilities necessary.

“… all these are part of the ministry’s efforts to prepare the youth to face the challenges of IR4.0.” he told reporters after opening IKBN Pekan’s Aircraft Structure Improvement Workshop here today.

Pekan IKBN is among those being considered for upgrading into IKTBN.

The minister said the course (Aircraft Structure Improvement) was very significant because Malaysia aims to be a key aerospace industry player.

He stressed that in the new world (IR4.0), expertise in automation, robotics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things would be vital

Source: https://www.thesundaily.my

Comment: 

For whatever reason that you may not be interested with public TVET/vocational training institutions, there is always a choice at the private TVET/vocational training institutions, better known as Pusat Bertauliah JPK.

According to a survey in 3 Facebook groups recently, it was found that there are 4 main factors why students chose private TVET/vocational training institutions over public.

1. Students generally unaware of the public TVET/vocational training institutions’ existence.
2. Public TVET/vocational training institutions does not offer courses that students wanted to study.
3. Public TVET/vocational training institutions has tight entrance requirement, generally needs a pass in BM & Sejarah for SPM.
4. Private TVET/vocational training institutions are located in strategic locations & produces more competent graduates, more so for certain courses like culinary, aesthethic & hairdressing, automotive technology etc.

Apply for TVET courses in private skills institutions here