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.
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).
Without these hard workers, Valentine’s wouldn’t be the same.
Each February, our shopping centers are flooded with pink and red as people try to imagine new ways to show their affection for one another — knowing how to make Valentine’s Day special can be difficult. Unfortunately for some with Valentine’s Day jobs, the big day means a long day of work, not romance.
It’s not as bad as you might think. Many of those people who are working on Valentine’s Day have an opportunity to make someone else’s holiday extra special. Just like a accountants prepares for tax season, these professionals know that the season of love is their time to shine. Here are five Valentine’s Day jobs and how those who do them help make the day amazing for other people.
1. Florist (HT-071-3:2014)
“I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.” — Helen Keller
This one seems like the most obvious of Valentine’s Day jobs, right? But that doesn’t mean it’s simple. A great florist doesn’t just run a sale on a dozen red roses — they will help you think outside of the box and perhaps suggest a different flower that will dazzle your significant other. A great florist knows their stuff.
For example, did you know that nearly every flower has a symbolic meaning? Some of them overlap, so there are several flowers that indicate love besides roses. Chrysanthemums and carnations also signify love. Gardenias represent a secret love.
Don’t take your local florist for granted. They know their flowers and the ideal arrangement doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a trained skill. With a great florist’s help, you can find the flower that says exactly what you want it to say and then build a gift idea around it.
While you’re at it, make sure to say thank you. They work like crazy this time of year!
2. Massage therapist (MP-082-3:2011)
“I take a massage each week. This isn’t an indulgence, it’s an investment in your full creative expression/productivity/passion and sustained good health” — Robin S. Sharma
Who doesn’t love a great massage? The feeling of someone digging deep into the muscle tissue and releasing all of the pent-up tension and chronic aches can be heavenly.
It’s no coincidence that professional massage sessions are a popular Valentine’s Day gift. Want to dial up the romance? Get a couple’s massage where you can both enjoy the same experience at the same time.
Like a great florist is more than a flower picker, a great massage therapist is more than just a person who rubs your calves. The massage therapists can read your body and your body language to adjust the level of pressure and find your trouble spots.
Sound like one of the easy Valentine’s Day jobs? When was the last time you gave your significant other a good shoulder rub? How long did you last? Five, ten minutes? Try doing that for an hour and then when that person leaves, start on your next one. Then repeat it for days on end during the season of romance.
Not into flowers or massage? Facial treatment can be a popular Valentine’s Day gift.
An Aesthetician’s primary goal is to help clients with their skin care needs which can range from acne to aging.
Like a massage therapist is more than a massager, a good Aesthetician will not only help with treating the visible concerns you may be having but will also take into account your whole well being such as diet, exercise, stress, etc.
” To put it rather bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel. ” — Fran Lebowitz
Are you thinking of a trip out of town with a stay at a luxurious hotel? Go for it — it’s one of the best ways to make Valentine’s Day special! Hotels love holiday visitors and Valentine’s Day is no exception. One hotel employee in particular is perfectly suited to help you make the most of your little getaway.
If you are in a new town, chances are you don’t know where to find the best cheesecake or scenic views. Luckily for you, most hotels have just the person to help you out. Your hotel concierge specializes in knowing the area. They know where to find the best food, drinks, dancing, and quiet spots. Need a ride? They can call a cab or recommend a service.
You don’t have to go crazy trying to research and reserve everything for your trip. The hotel concierge is like having Google right there in the lobby. Take advantage of their skills and watch your evening unfold spectacularly. Just make sure you know what you want to ask before you talk with them.
“For me, a great meal is a collision of company, environment, ambient temperature, the waiters, where you are emotionally” — Sue Perkins
Restaurants make a killing on Valentine’s Day. Does that mean working there is an easy Valentine’s Day job? Absolutely not. A great waiter can make your night.
Have you ever left a restaurant and felt overwhelmingly happy with the experience? Chances are that the food was only a part of the equation. A great waiter is fun and friendly, maybe even a little bit playful. They know their menu and wine lists inside and out. They know when to embellish and when to be honest. (Don’t tell us that the salmon is exquisite when it’s really average!)
When it comes to having the perfect romantic meal, pay attention to your waiter. They’re there to help your evening go well. And if you’re on a date with a relatively new romantic interest, be aware that you’re being watched. How you treat waitstaff says a lot about you as a person. Interested to be one? Register your interest here.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — Empowering Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) by developing a more relevant new policy in implementing TVET’s agenda in line with industry needs was part of the Ministry of Human Resources’s plan throughout 2019.
This was outlined in the Ministry of Human Resource’s 2019 achievement report to strengthen the various sectors under the ministry led by M. Kulasegaran, while also committed to championing the rights of workers in the country.
Touching on issues related to workers including skills upgrading, TVET education, security, law and others in the 32-page report card, the Ministry of Human Resources is committed towards improving every aspect in line with fulfilling the promises contained in the Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto.
According to Kulasegaran, the new system is responsible for accrediting TVET programmes offered by public and private TVET institutions based on the Second Edition Of The Malaysia Qualification Framework (MQF 2.0) which was approved at the MQA Council Meeting in December 2017.
“To date, there are 42 NOSS related to IR 4.0 as a result of TVET’s National Master Plan Development Study towards a developed nation and the direction until 2030 will be used by policy makers in the process of reforming TVET implementation in Malaysia,” he said. The efforts to empower the TVET field did not stop there when the ministry took the initiative to expand its field of study by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Private Secondary School (SUWA) on May 23, 2019 at Kolej Universiti New Era in Kajang.
“The collaboration between the two entities led to the ministry’s involvement in allowing SUWA students to attend training programmes at 32 Department of Human Resource Training Institutes (ILJTM) and enabling the ministry to consider loan applications or scholarships to eligible students for further study in TVET programmes, Vocational Training Officers (VTO) and so on,” he said. — Bernama
At the moment, several private organisations have been offering courses in various aspects of drone operation; for mapping, facilities inspection, progress report (for property developers and construction projects), film and drama production, news, the acquisition of aerial footage and photographs.
These courses last from two days (for basic operation of a drone) to a few days covering the various aspects of drone piloting for specific purposes such as mapping.
Before the launch of the NOSS Standard, formal government-recognised certification for drone piloting courses were not available for the aspiring pilot.
As the usage of drones expands, beyond a hobby to industrial use, the need for trained pilots who have gone through structured instructions based on an accepted and recognised national standards, become increasingly pressing.
Especially now that the word ‘drone’ appears in the media daily from all over the world; both negative and positive news.
But it is always the negative aspects that capture the public’s imagination and it is up to the industry to dispel negativity and myths that surround drones.
One positive effort is the adoption of formalised training for drone operators; people who not only know how to operate them safely within the limitations of each type of craft but who are also aware of the legal and regulatory requirements in the operation of drones.
Sometime in 2017, Malaysia Unmanned Drones Activist Society (MUDAS), a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development and advancement of drones in the country, initiated discussions with the Department of Skills Development or Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) to develop a formal curriculum for the training of drone pilots under the vocational programmes of the many polytechnics and colleges spread throughout the country.
MUDAS is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development and advancement of drones in the country.
The NGO has been in the forefront of promoting dialogue with government agencies that are involved in regulating and controlling the nation’s airspace, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), the Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Negara (JUPEM), the survey and mapping department, which has traditionally been the authority overseeing aerial photography, especially mapping because of its implications on national security, and other organisations that have direct and indirect interests in the operation of ‘drones’.
“MUDAS initiated contact with JPK in late 2017 to moot the idea of drone pilot training under the National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) programme,” said Executive Secretary William Alvisse.
“In mid-2018 an expert panel was formed comprising of representatives from CAAM, Jupem and MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) to create the current Curriculum,” Alvisse added.
Husni Faiz, a graduate of Electrical Power Engineering and a full-time pilot under BIP Studio and drone piloting trainer welcomes the NOSS Standards.
“It’s vital for those intending to be professional drone pilots undergo formal training such as the structure that is recommended in the NOSS standard.
“While recreational flyers may not need the entire course structure, it would be a good idea if parts or modules of that could be offered to training companies to train the hobbyists and recreational flyers,” he added.
Husni also trains pilots under his Akufly Academy.
“Having the NOSS training standard is good for the industry, said Kamarul A Muhamed, CEO of the Aerodyne Group.
Aerodyne operates in 11 countries and is regarded as the premier drone services company, providing integrated managed solutions for the petroleum, civil engineering and facilities industry.
It employs 300 people, 1/3rd of whom are drone pilots.
“A structured drone piloting course will increase the level of competence and will lead to better safety and quality of operations,” he added.
Currently, Aerodyne trains its local pilots locally and in-house following the structure set by training schools in the UK and Australia where some of their pilots and trainers have been trained. The company then structure their training based on the training syllabus of these schools.
The Aerodyne pilots operating in their international markets are trained at authorised training schools for certifications should this be available in that particular country.
As a renowned global drone services company, recruitment isn’t an issue with many would-be pilots clamouring to join the group.
“The challenge, however, is in getting good technical pilots with the right mentality for enterprise-level work,” Kamarul said.
Kamarul lists technical ability, having a global mindset, the ability to communicate well and good and diligent in report writing, and problem-solving skills as the key factors he looks for in a candidate.
Drone Academy Asia provides training for drone operators and its graduates receive a “globally recognised DJI certificate”.
A representative of the academy said that they believe a formalised course structure is needed for the industry and that they are studying the NOSS standard and framework.
Located at the Cyberjaya Innovation Hub, Drone Academy offers courses in Aerial Mapping and Surveying, Precise Aerial Mapping and a Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) claimable Professional Drone Operator course.
The idea for a structured course, leading to certification is to produce well trained and competent workforce to meet the requirements of drone service companies to handle flights for mapping, facilities and structure monitoring, agriculture to name just three areas where drones are being increasingly used.
“There are two levels, Level 2 and 3 with 1,200 hours and 1,300 hours of training respectively,” said Alvisse.
“Upon completion of the training, candidates will be awarded an SKM (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) certificate,” Alvisse added.
“Just a word of caution though,” Kamarul said.
“In the long term drone piloting will be limited in requirements as the industry moves into pilotless autonomous operation.”
Which will then necessitate an overhaul of the training syllabus?
Dengan pengiktirafan ini Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) selaku operator air yang terbesar di negara ini akan dapat mengendalikan latihan kemahiran melalui pusat bertauliahnya sendiri bagi melahirkan tenaga kerja yang kompeten dan berkualiti di dalam industri pembekalan air, termasuk memberikan latihan kepada operator-operator air lain di negara ini.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Air Selangor, Suhaimi Kamaralzaman menerima sijil pengiktirafan daripada Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, dalam Majlis Penganugerahan Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia bagi Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (SKM-PPT) baru-baru ini.
Seramai 346 warga kerja Air Selangor yang berkhidmat di Jabatan Operasi, Pengagihan dan Perhubungan Pelanggan juga menerima sijil SKM-PPT masing-masing di majlis tersebut.
Pengiktirafan ini adalah di antara usaha berterusan Air Selangor dalam membentuk warga kerja yang berkemahiran serta kompeten untuk memberikan khidmat yang terbaik kepada syarikat dan juga pelanggan.
Air Selangor amat komited dalam memenuhi keperluan kompetensi di dalam industri perkhidmatan air di negara ini dengan menjadikan kompetensi sebahagian daripada parameter Petunjuk Prestasi Utama (KPI) syarikat.
“Ini sejajar dengan ketetapan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) yang menetapkan kompetensi sebagai syarat untuk memperbaharui lesen syarikat perkhidmatan industri air di Malaysia, tambah beliau.
Kumpulan penerima sijil terbaharu ini adalah sebahagian daripada 481 warga kerja Air Selangor yang telah mendapat pengiktirafan ini setakat kini.
Dalam perancangan bagi tahun hadapan, Air Selangor mensasarkan sebanyak 50 peratus warga kerja Jabatan Pengeluaran dan 30 peratus lagi warga kerja Jabatan Pengagihan untuk menjalani program ini.
Menjelang penghujung 2019, dianggarkan sebanyak lebih 600 warga kerja Air Selangor berjaya mendapatkan pensijilan yang bakal membantu mereka melaksanakan kerja dengan lebih efektif.
Pengiktirafan dengan pensijilan ini juga merupakan antara pelan kerjaya strategik Air Selangor dalam membangunkan warga kerjanya bagi mencapai misi syarikat untuk menyampaikan pengalaman yang terbaik kepada pelanggan.