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.