The Perak state government launched its Perak Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) Initiative today, to empower and produce a more skilled workforce in the face of increasingly competitive industry challenges.
Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the council drafted the initiative with the cooperation of government departments and agencies, industry players and training providers.
“I will announce details on the initiative during the tabling of the Perak Budget,” he told a press conference after launching the Tvet initiative and witnessing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Pusat Aspirasi Anak Perak (Pasak) and Perak Eclat TVET (Pet) in Ipoh, yesterday.
Earlier, Ahmad Faizal in his speech said Pasak as the implementing agency under the State Youth and Sports Development Committee, was responsible for moving the plan forward in collaboration with Pet, a professional body that would coordinate the Tvet programme.
The initiatives include creating an ecosystem to empower technically inclined students, from secondary school to higher education and right up to professional level.
“It has been the state government’s intention to streamline Tvet in developing skilled, competitive and highly marketable human capital on par with graduates in countries which have invested in Tvet in their human capital development agenda.
“The initiative will also focus on involvement of industry players in identifying and structuring plans to resolve the offer and demand issue which had long been a factor in the increase in unemployment in the state in particular, and Malaysia in general,” he said.
MALACCA: The Human Resources Ministry intends to establish a Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) integrated city which brings together universities, industries and innovation generating centres to uphold the future of TVET.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the city would probably be built in Tanjung Malim, Perak on land owned by the ministry comprising an area of 24.28ha but the development of the city depends on the success of the programme or initiative implemented by the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN).
“The suggestion includes the construction of a new TVET university proposed to the Human Resource Minister and he responded positively as it is a positive initiative besides the ministry has vacant land in Tanjung Malim.
“I think the location is suitable because there is Proton, Sultan Idris Education University and it can be a great city from the academic, technical and industrial aspects,” he told reporters after launching a strategic technology programme at MTUN here, today.
Also present was Department of Skills Development deputy director-general Suimi Abdul Majid and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Raha Abdul Rahim.
Commenting further, Mahfuz said the TVET integrated city was one of the ministry’s efforts to increase parents’ confidence to send their children to pursue TVET courses as well as guaranteeing a better future for graduates of the field.
Comment: Another infrastructure project? Why waste more money to build a new TVET university? The money can be better used for so many things, among them are: 1. Incentivisze the industry to collaborate with existing public TVET universities & skills training institutions that the 7 Ministries has in existence. 2. Create digital & off-line campaigns targeted at youths from both the urban & rural areas 3. Enhance the trainers teaching capability 4. Revise many outdated curriculum, in line with the digital & IR4.0 movement.
There are so much more that could be done instead of just wasting more money to build more infrastructure. Anyway, that’s just admin’s humble opinion, what say you?
KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has called on the Government to formulate a special Act to protect Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) graduates, especially in terms of gaining employment opportunities.
MTUC president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor said the law should among other things, require industry players to prioritise the recruitment of TVET graduates over foreign labour.
“This step should be taken to ensure industry players are involved in the development of human capital and providing job opportunities to TVET graduates.
“Currently, we do not have any protection because there is no ratio (for hiring foreign employees). In Singapore, there can only be one foreign worker for every 10 locals hired,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad called on key industry players to actively develop human capital and support the transformation of TVET to help improve the quality of the workforce.
Commenting further, Abdul Halim said most employers in the country looked to ‘invest’ in low-cost foreign labour, as hiring locals would require them to comply with the minimum wage rule which is considered to be burdensome.
“We have to change the attitude of employers to favour nationalism over capitalism, that is being responsible in helping the government develop human capital, especially among TVET graduates,” he added.