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‘Private TVET providers need at least RM1b funding per year’

KUALA LUMPUR: Private Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers will need an allocation of at least RM1 billion a year for the next five years from the federal budget in order to support a total of 60,000 students, according to the Federation of JPK Accredited Centers Malaysia (FeMAC).

The amount is more than five times this year’s allocation of RM180 million to TVET providers.

FeMAC president P Sailanathan said the group has engaged and presented the figures to TVET task force chairman Nurul Izzah Anwar, who had said she would raise the issue in Parliament.

According to the federation, TVET providers are facing funding crunch. FeMAC alleges the TVET providers have yet to receive up to RM20 million of the total allocated funds since January this year.

“Only a selected few of us (private TVET providers) have received funding [but] a lot more were denied,” Sailanathan told the media yesterday.

So far, the Department of Skills Development and the Skills Development Fund Corp (PTPK) have been “pointing fingers at each other”, without having yet come to a positive outcome on when the remaining funds can be distributed, he added.

Although Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran recently said that his ministry has secured an additional RM140 million in funding from the finance ministry for TVET students and providers, the minister has so far not given a timeline for the disbursement, nor has it engaged with FeMAC on the matter.

“We are willing to cooperate, but there is no direction from the ministry. We are neither here nor there,” Sailanathan said, adding that many providers are on the verge of ceasing operations as the students are considering dropping out due to a lack of financial support and they can no longer afford to pay teachers.

To make matters worse, the students may often end up with a minimum of three overlapping loans as they are required to take a new loan for every level of vocational training, which usually amounts to four levels for a diploma.

Kulasegaran has proposed a fixed monthly repayment of RM100 for these students, but details are lacking on implementation.

Considering as many as 90% of TVET graduates find jobs within a year after completing their courses, Sailanathan does not foresee a major problem of them not repaying loans.

Currently, between 60,000 and 80,000 TVET students attend private TVET colleges, which are equivalent to about 13.3% to 17.8% of total tertiary-level students in Malaysia, according to data presented by FeMAC.

A total of about 45% of tertiary-level students in Malaysia are studying for TVET qualifications, compared to 55% at universities.

FeMAC, which represents about 350 private TVET providers out of 636 in total, has called for PTPK to be modelled after National Higher Education Fund Corp, with an abolishment of the current quota system.

Source: http://www.theedgemarkets.com

Comment: I hope TVET task force chairman Nurul Izzah Anwar could set up a body for check & balance, to monitor the disbursements of the loan. Before this, my understanding is that those providers that are acting as AJK in FeMAC are getting priorities/more funding compared to other ordinary members. Some projects that were awarded to FeMAC mainly benefitted the AJK members. There has been complaints from ordinary members, citing that they didn’t get anything at all as ordinary members.
Disclaimer: Admin is not part of FeMAC, only reporting based on what the TVET providers feedbacked to admin.

Continue TVET efforts to spur auto sector, New Hoong Fatt urges government

KUALA LUMPUR: Automotive parts manufacturer New Hoong Fatt Holdings Bhd (NFH) has urged the Government to continue enhancing technical and vocational education training (TVET) programs especially for the automotive industry in the 2019 Budget.

“There is an urgent need to educate and encourage the younger generation to pursue technical and vocational skills as a rewarding career path. These skills are highly sought after amongst many manufacturers in Malaysia, including NHF,” said its managing director Chin Jit Sin.

Chin noted that the automotive industry was a key component of the Malaysian economy.

According to the Malaysian Automotive Institute, the industry – which comprises 27 vehicle manufacturers and 641 component manufacturers – had contributed 4.0 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year.

Total export value of automotive components had been trending upwards every year and stood at RM11.6 billion in 2017, Chin said in NFH’s budget wishlist today.

He said one key area was to enhance the TVET programs by ensuring the curriculum matched the relevant market needs of industry players.

This can be done by engaging with industry players to fill the skills gap between new graduates and employers.

“This will also effectively reduce youth unemployment, which stood at a record high of 10.8 per cent in 2017,” he added.

He said Malaysia has the potential of becoming a significant competitive automotive player in Southeast Asia and globally by continuing to focus on upgrading the technical skills and capabilities of the automotive industry’s workforce, along with equipping the workforce with the latest up-to-date technological advancements.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my – 24th Oct 2018

TVET education at ILP for M’sians with SPM

Dr Rosnah presents a memento to Dr Teo.

MIRI: Enrolment into skill and vocational training institutions is for every Malaysian with SPM.

Director Dr Rosnah Muhamad Tahir said this while leading a team of officials from Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Miri on a courtesy call to Miri MP Dr Michael Teo at his service centre here yesterday,

“It is sad to say that the enrolment of Chinese is still low at the moment because of the wrong perception that it is only for Bumiputeras.”

According to Dr Rosnah there are about 20 Chinese students out of 102 students per intake. She hoped Dr Teo would promote and encourage parents to enrol their children into the institute.

Dr Rosnah said; “Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is education and training which provides knowledge and skills.

“TVET is very important because the government wants to increase skilled workers from 28 to 35 per cent by 2020 and to spur economic growth. It also provides good and bright employment opportunity not only in the state or country as they could go beyond with their skills and experience.”

In this context, she advised SPM school leavers not to think only of starting salary as they must aim to acquire skills and experience required by the industry before getting better pay.

Local companies are also encouraged to hire more locals with skill and experience.

Dr Teo who acknowledged and recognised the importance of having skilled labour said he would appeal for more funding, including employing more lecturers for ILP Miri.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com

Government to enhance TVET programmes to tackle high youth unemployment

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will look into ways to enhance Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes to help lower the youth’s unemployment rate, says Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“We hope to lower the youth unemployment rate, which is at double-digit now to single-digit. Other countries are able to do so, and we hope to do it and do it better,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony of InvestSmart® Fest 2018.

The minister noted that the employment rate for the graduates of TVET programmes are higher than the graduates from tertiary institutions.

“All these while the focus has been on tertiary education through universities. We should look at TVET,” he said.

According to a report by MIDF research in May, the rising youth unemployment was mainly contributed by the soaring numbers of unemployed graduates, about 204,000, constituting 40.5% of total unemployment.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my

Govt wants experts to coach trainers for vocational scheme

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran at a press conference in Ipoh October 6, 2018. — Picture by Marcus Pheong
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran at a press conference in Ipoh October 6, 2018. — Picture by Marcus Pheong

IPOH, Oct 6 — The government is planning to recruit experts from India and Ukraine to train the trainers of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

Speaking to reporters at the Job Fair at Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) 5.0 here, Kulasegaran said many TVET institutions need to be upgraded, adding that government-to-government approaches would best address this.

“I will be heading to India tomorrow as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad instructed me to visit and discuss with the TVET programme in India.

“India has some world experts on aviation, metro techniques, technical matters, artificial intelligence and a few more. We want to bring them here and train our trainers as a collaboration between the two countries,” he said.

Kulasegaran said that he was made to understand that over a million people benefited from India’s vocational training.

He will also visit next month due to the sophistication of their vocational programme.

“The importance of human development cannot be more emphasised than in Ukraine. Their education ministry is only at a regional level, while their TVET programme is at a national level and one of the best-run programmes in the whole world,” he said.

He said that this approach would reduce employers’ dependency on skilled foreign workers.

“When the trainers are equipped with knowledge and experience from experts, they can train the students well and it would allow the students to get accredited certificates.

“So companies do not have to depend on foreign workers and the students who complete the programme can earn a better wage,” he said.

Kulasegaran also urged employees to take up the courses in the TVET programme to upgrade their skills.

“The TVET programme is not only for school leavers. Workers are also eligible to join the programme. Most of the companies are willing to raise the wage provided that the workers have accredited certificates,” he said.

He also said that the ministry is willing to provide financial aid for the workers who wanted to join the TVET programme.

Source: www.malaymail.com

Degree level studies for TVET diploma holders

Deputy Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (fifth from left) with Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) president Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin (fourth from left) and Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar in a group picture to commemorate the signing of the memorandum of understanding between MBOT and the Technology Expert Panel in Putrajaya.
Pix by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor

TECHNICAL and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) diploma holders will soon have the opportunity to study at the bachelor’s degree level in four universities under the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN), creating better career opportunities for their future.

This follows the exchange of 21 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) with the Technology Expert Panel (TEP), a strategic alliance between three sectors, namely government agencies, industry and the academia, under the purview of the Human Resource Ministry, Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Ministry, and Education Ministry, in Putrajaya last week.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the initiative will look at existing gaps that TVET graduates face in terms of qualifications to enable them to further their studies at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Malaysia Pahang and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

“What seems to be the problem for most TVET diploma holders is that they don’t have the necessary Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia credits required by MTUN for entry. We hope to prepare students at TVET colleges with the necessary requirements before they apply to enter MTUN universities,” he said.

However, Mahfuz said, even if TVET diploma holders did not further their studies at universities, they will have the advantage of being recognised as professional technologists and certified technicians.

“We must explore collaborations with international bodies so that our TVET graduates will not only have certificates from Malaysia but also be internationally certified.

That way, they can either work abroad or gain better positions when foreign investors come to Malaysia through recognition accorded,” he added.

MBOT, the professional body that gives professional recognition to technologists and technicians in related technology and technical fields, has already embarked on the articulation process to enable TVET diploma holders to bridge the gap towards the bachelor’s degree level education, said its president, Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.

“The process entails matching the courses, requirements and coursework at vocational colleges with that at higher education institutions. This will ensure that courses the students complete will not have to be repeated at the institution to which they are transferring”, said Zaidee.

He said MBOT has signed an MoU with Education Ministry’s Malaysian Qualifications Agency to facilitate the process for the MTUN initiative.

“On the private higher education side, UniKL is already working with MBOT to facilitate entry of technologists and technicians into their degree courses,” he said.

Mahfuz said in supporting the country’s aspiration towards Industrial Revolution 4.0, MBOT is seen as a dynamic and flexible professional body and most relevant platform to leverage expertise and skills from various areas of technology under its wings.

“This advance technological elements are pervasively embedded into the TVET curricular right up to the technological practicing provision, to add value to the various booming industrial sectors in Malaysia,” he said.

At the MoU exchange, among the TEP panel members that were represented were CyberSecurity Malaysia, DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia. Allied Aeronautics Training Centre Sdn Bhd, Mara Corporation, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Federation of Malaysian Skills Development Centres.

Also present was Deputy Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my

Honda Malaysia collaborates with Education Ministry to enhance technical and vocational training

Honda Malaysia (HM) today signed a certificate of collaboration (CoC) with the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (DPCCE), Ministry of Education (MoE), paving the way for Honda’s training modules to be incorporated into selected automotive syllabi.

The CoC recognises HM’s strategic collaboration with polytechnics and colleges for students to be equipped with industry-ready technical and soft skills. The company will be collaborating with 17 community colleges from nine states in Malaysia with more polytechnics and colleges expected to be added into the list in the near future.

This initiative also supports the government’s focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) towards developing more skilled and certified technicians in Malaysia through high quality training.

“Honda Malaysia has recorded outstanding sales increase by 112% in the past five years and this concurrently increases our service intake by 51% over the same period. This leads us to expand our dealership network nationwide, which now stands at 97 outlets to provide easier access for all our customers. Hence, this initiative is very timely as we are able to have more skilled technicians to cater to our increasing customers,” said Honda Malaysia MD and CEO Toichi Ishiyama.

HM will be incorporating the Maintenance Technician and Repair Technician modules based on Honda’s internal global training programme into selected automotive courses. Students will receive comprehensive training which includes a six-month attachment at Honda dealerships. The training will boost students’ after-sales knowledge and provide them with industry experience and a foundation for future employment.

Students also stand a chance to be official Honda technicians or service personnel upon training and assessment. HM is targeting to receive 120 graduates per year from participating polytechnics and colleges through this collaboration.

Source: https://paultan.org

Maszlee: Chinese firms want to sponsor TVET students

PETALING JAYA: There will be more TVET scholarship and training opportunities for Malaysian students in education institutions and companies in China, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).

Chinese companies which met him and Education Ministry representatives expressed interest in preparing Malaysians who graduated from technical and vocational education and training to face the challenging international industry.

Dr Maszlee recently visited China where he delivered a speech during the opening of the China-Malaysia TVET forum.

“Some offered scholarships to Malaysian students for training in China,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“It is understood that Sany Group plans to work with the Kedah state government to develop a heavy machinery industrial plant,” said Dr Maszlee, adding this would provide practical training opportunities to 20 students.

He said ZTE Education Management Ltd agreed to offer 300 scholarships for Malaysians to study in TVET institutions in China.

ZTE Education also aims to help increase the current number of 1,300 students from China pursuing their higher education at the Malaysian Technical University.

The Education Minister is also considering a suggestion from ZTE Education to open a China-Malaysia Institute in Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia.

“Founder of GreenPacket Bhd, Puan Chan Cheong, wants to support the establishment of an artificial intelligence technology centre and big data analytics in Malaysian polytechnics,” he said.

Dr Maszlee is confident that this development will mark a new chapter in Malaysian TVET education.

PS: This is not exactly a new thing as Chinese education institutions, especially the academic sector, has been offering scholarship to overseas students, including Malaysians as part of the One Belt initiative.

On hand we also have one offer from a Beijing institute offering mid wivery course for free (3 mths). If you’re interested, kindly contact 012-3123430 (Melvin)

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/22/maszlee-chinese-firms-want-to-sponsor-tvet-students/#sFcRf7rgwzqZz4Qx.99

Kementerian tutup pusat tauliah swasta?

Nordin Abdul Malek

Nordin Abdul Malek

IPOH – Kementerian Sumber Manusia dilihat seolah-oleh mahu menutup semua pusat latihan kemahiran bertauliah swasta dengan memberikan pelbagai tekanan kepada pengusahanya.

Pengerusi Gabungan Institut Latihan Kemahiran Swasta Bumiputera (GILBKS), Nordin Abdul Malek berkata, dianggarkan sebanyak 600 pusat latihan ini bakal gulung tikar selepas kementerian mengenakan pelbagai syarat baharu yang ketat.

Menurutnya, malah ada peraturan yang ditetapkan itu langsung tidak masuk akal.

“Sejak PH memerintah, terdapat banyak pekeliling bersifat tidak mesra perniagaan dengan mengeluarkan pelbagai pekeliling yang merumitkan lagi perjalanan latihan seperti penamatan program lulus bersyarat mulai Januari 2019 dan pembekuan permohonan penyedia latihan pegawai pengajar vokasional (VTO) yang boleh menjejaskan usaha pusat latihan untuk mematuhi pentauliahan Pusat Bertauliah Swasta (PBS).

“Terbaharu pula, Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK) mengenakan syarat tambahan yang dianggap tidak munasabah iaitu mewajibkan semua PBS mendapatkan surat jaminan majikan bagi setiap pelatih untuk mendapat pekerjaan sebaik sahaja tamat latihan,” katanya dalam kenyataan media kepada Sinar Harian.

Beliau berkata, banyak pihak melihat arahan itu pelik kerana tiada negara di dunia yang meminta institusi pendidikan untuk menyediakan dokumen jaminan pekerjaan daripada majikan kepada pelajar mereka.

Nordin berkata, GILKSB turut menerima rungutan daripada PBS dan pihak-pihak berkepentingan bahawa dana Perbadanan Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) gagal berfungsi sehingga menjejaskan pelbagai bayaran berkaitan.

Malah katanya, pengagihan kuota pinjaman pelatih baru-baru ini menimbulkan persoalan kerana kegagalan kementerian sendiri untuk merancang latihan mengikut sektor yang berpotensi tinggi seperti penerbangan, pertanian dan automasi gagal dibiayai kerana isu-isu bersifat birokrasi.

“Kerajaan harus ingat bahawa usaha menutup 600 PBS ini akan menyebabkan akses latihan semakin menguncup kerana tidak semua keperluan latihan mampu dilaksanakan sendiri oleh kerajaan.

“Malah negara kehilangan tenaga perkhidmatan kemahiran sektor swasta seperti tenaga pengajar berkemahiran dan berpengalaman, peluang pekerjaan kepada puluhan ribu pekerja sektor PBS serta impak nilai ekonomi berganda, kesan kewujudan sesebuah PBS di sesuatu kawasan,” katanya.

Nordin berkata, pihaknya berpandangan kelemahan itu berpunca daripada  kepimpinan kementerian yang tidak berpengalaman dalam bidang berkaitan dan tidak mesra pelanggan.

Katanya, sehingga kini tiada pertemuan serius diadakan antara persatuan-persatuan dan pemilik-pemilik PBS dengan menteri, mahupun timbalan menteri.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya akan menggerakkan usaha menyedarkan semua pihak terhadap kepincangan pelaksanaan pendidikan kemahiran dan vokasional (TVET) dari peringkat sekolah, PBS hinggalah peringkat IPT bersama-sama gabungan persatuan-persatuan berkaitan seluruh negara supaya isu-isu TVET yang semakin parah diselesaikan segera.

Sumber: Sinar Harian, Nasional – 13/9/18

Set up one stop centre for TVET program graduates: Nurul Izzah

Nurul Izzah Anwar

KOTA KINABALU: Chairman of the Technical and Vocational Education Training Empowerment Committee (JKPTVET) Nurul Izzah Anwar has suggested that a one-stop centre for TVET graduates be set up.

She said that the centre would become a place for TVET graduates to seek various information on fulfilling the needs of industry players in the market.

“With the setting up of the one-stop centre, TVET graduates would know where they can get the needs of the industry within one channel which would eventually offer them a high income.

“We can make plans but the implementation stage would determine the level of success of the TVET,” she told reporters after becoming a moderator at the town hall session at the Dewan Rafflesia Politeknik Kota Kinabalu, here today.

The session was being held for the first time and the Sabah zone was chosen as the pioneer for the JKPTVET program with the theme “TVET empowerment for nation building”.

Also present was the Director-General of the Polytechnic and Community College Department of the Education Ministry, Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz.

Commenting further, Nurul Izzah said it was also hoped that the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) would steer the centre particularly for TVET graduates in the state.

Meanwhile, Nurul Izzah said in order to achieve the objective of empowering the TVET, it was the role of everyone including the media to report on the success of TVET graduates to change public perception on the program. – Bernama