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Charting your pathway after SPM (Especially TVET)

Must read till the end on the comment section if you seriously consider the TVET pathway or:
1. Already a TVET graduate with SKM/SVM/DKM/DVM
2. Has been working in a particular TVET/skills industry for more than 3 years.


SPM school leavers must know what they want to become one day, what programmes to pursue, and what qualifications are needed to get into the programmes.

WITH Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results expected to be announced next month, school leavers should begin planning their future and start looking at study options.

There is no lack of choice in terms of programmes at public and private higher-learning institutions that cater to hands-on students and the academically-inclined.

Education Ministry Higher Education Department deputy director-general Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Saleh Jaafar said there are many options for SPM school leavers.

“They include certificate courses, foundation studies, matriculation and diploma programmes at private and public universities, colleges, polytechnics, community colleges and skills training institutes.

“Others include degrees offered by the Malaysian Institutes of Teaching Education (IPGM),” he said.

“There is also Form 6, where school leavers can enter university after sitting for Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).”

He said each option has its own merits.

“School leavers, either with SPM or STPM (or equivalent) qualification, must have in-depth discussion with their parents, family members, their counselling teachers and seniors, perhaps, to gain information and gauge which option is best.

“They must take into account their own interest and what the future holds,” he said.

Chen Ai Koon, a counselor at SMK Seri Serdang in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, said there are basically two pathways after SPM.

The first is the pursuit of professional careers like medicine, accounting, engineering and architecture. Second is for those who are keen on skills-based jobs.

The first pathway, she said, provides a faster route to getting a degree, which involves taking up pre-university programmes like matriculation, foundation studies or Form 6. The second is the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) pathway, which involves taking up certificate and diploma courses.

“This is the time for school leavers to grab the opportunities. Choose what is best for you”. – Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Saleh Jaafar

“The main aim of a diploma programme is to produce a semi-professional workforce.

“A diploma gives an opportunity for SPM school leavers who did not qualify for pre-university studies to be trained for the working world.

“However, if the diploma student can prove that he or she is able to excel in studies, he or she will have the opportunity to continue to a bachelor’s degree. It is important to note that this is not an automatic process.”

To decide on the pathway, Chen said SPM school leavers must know what they want to become one day, what programmes to pursue, and what qualifications are needed to get into the programmes.

Saleh said when choosing between a public and private university, both have their own strengths and specialties.

“The quality of universities can be seen in the QS World University Rankings and local MyQuest Rating.

“Students should choose their programmes wisely by looking into the prospective university’s QS World ranking and MyQuest Rating scores. The quality of programmes should be a key factor.

“In addition, students should consider their financial ability to ensure that they are not burdened with problems during studies and after graduation.”

Saleh said tuition fees at public universities are subsidised by the government to help students obtain high-quality education at a low cost.

There are also sponsorships provided by government agencies, such as the Public Service Department and Education Ministry scholarship department.

“Besides those, private entities like Yayasan Tenaga National, Petronas, Telekom Malaysia and Bank Negara Malaysia also offer their own scholarships.

“This initiative will help poor, deserving students obtain a higher education,” he said.

On the prospects of SPM school leavers enrolling directly in higher education institutions, Saleh said looking at the past three years’ trend, there is a better success rate.

“A total of 50.1 per cent of eligible SPM candidates were offered a seat in the 2017/2018 academic session. This percentage increased to 86.5 in the 2018/2019 academic session.

“However, for the 2019/2020 academic session, only 69.09 per cent were offered places in certificate, foundation and diploma programmes at public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and skills training institutes,” he said.

This year, with the implementation of the “Single-window, single-offer” concept — where matriculation and places for the Bachelor of Education (PISMP) at IPGM will also be offered via UPUOnline — the university enrollment of SPM school leavers is expected to increase.

“For 2020, I am expecting to see higher demand for TVET programmes since the government is focusing on initiatives that produce highly-skilled workers to cater to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“This is the time for school leavers to grab the opportunities. Choose what is best for you,” he said.

To assist students in making their choices, Higher ED will be running an in-depth series on choices after SPM over the coming weeks. Don’t miss it!

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/education

Comment:
Based on mid-term review of 11th Malaysia Plan, Graduate employability rate for higher education has improved steadily over the years from 76.1% in 2015 to 79.1% in 2017. Nevertheless, feedback from industry highlighted that graduates lacked problem solving and communication skills. Moreover, the percentage of graduates employed in the semi-skilled job category increased from 28.2% in 2015 to 35.2% in 2017 implying a mismatch and underemployment.

That could mean that there’s more demand for TVET graduates going forward and if you/your child is non-academically inclined, do not force yourself/them to go towards higher education which are of academic oriented. Instead, consider polytechnics, community colleges, public and private skill training institutes.

And later on, they can always pursue further diploma or degree after working.
And if you’re in private sector, there’s now a faster & easier way to pursue a (professional) diploma or (executive) degree if you are a TVET graduate with SKM/SVM/DKM/DVM qualification, even without SPM!

Register your interest for a professional diploma or executive degree from a private local university if you only have SKM/SVM/DKM/DVM qualifications. Even if no formal qualifications but has >3 years of industrial experience, you are encouraged to apply.

Kerajaan bagi NOSS PERCUMA*

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* Ya, anda akan dapat RM30 dari kerajaan melalui inisiatif e-tunai rakyat. Jadi mengapa tidak gunakannya untuk mendapatkan sesuatu (beli NOSS) yang boleh membantu anda dari segi:

1. Pembangunan diri (kaji NOSS, buat penilaian kendiri serta kumpul bukti ketrampilan yang cukup untuk mohon Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) secara PPT supaya anda ada persijilan yang diiktiraf oleh kerajaan Malaysia serta luar negara.
2. Perkembangan perniagaan latihan (Kaji NOSS untuk menentukan samada latihan kemahiran yang anda sedang/ingin tawarkan memenuhi keperluan NOSS. Jika hampir sama, pusat latihan anda patut pertimbangkan untuk mendapatkan pentauliahan dari Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) supaya para pelatih anda dapat Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) nanti setelah tamat program latihan di tempat anda.

ATAUPUN

Panduan Permohonan SKM secara PPT (yang telah dipermudahkan serta disertakan dengan sampel dokumen supaya lebih memudahkan pemahaman anda).
Ia termasuk:
1) Format kandungan dan susunan portfolio
2) Sumber bukti ketrampilan
3) Kategori bukti ketrampilan
4) Contoh dan sampel surat perakuan tempoh pengalaman kerja
5) Pemilihan tajuk LPKT (untuk permohonan DKM & DLKM)
6) Ciri-ciri penulisan laporan yang baik (untuk permohonan DKM & DLKM)
7) Format laporan (untuk permohonan DKM & DLKM)

Baik, ringkasan kod produk (semua cuma RM30):

1. NOSS 01
NOSS sedia ada (sila rujuk sini – ada >65 ) – Boleh dapat 2 tahap bernilai RM40 tapi cuma bayar RM30.
2. NOSS 02**
NOSS yang tiada dalam simpanan/sedia ada boleh buat tempahan (1 program/tahap sahaja. Jika ada tambahan, cuma tambah RM20 setiap program/tahap).
3. PSKM-PPT
Panduan Permohonan SKM secara PPT (yang telah dipermudahkan serta disertakan dengan sampel dokumen supaya lebih memudahkan pemahaman anda)

** Petrol, tol, caj bank draf serta masa yang diperlukan untuk beli NOSS sendiri di JPK pasti melebihi RM10 (caj perkhidmatan).

Tunggu apa lagi? JOM scan sekarang!! Lepas scan, sila whatsapp ke 012-3123430 atau emel ke ismarteducare@gmail.com;

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2. Kod produk serta kod NOSS yang dikehendaki

Can I advise you something?

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Since so many people still messaged, called or emailed to ask the same question, over and over again, can I advise you something?

Almost everything you need to obtain with that involves SKM, it would be NOSS dependent. So, please refer to the NOSS directory to:
1. Determine the exact code of the skills program that you intend to offer in your training centre (to be Accredited by Department of Skill Development (DSD) or better known as JPK),
2. Apply to get your Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) via PPT or 3. Looking for any SKM programs to study in any of the JPK Accredited Centres.

  1. How To Be A JPK Accredited Centre (to offer SKM/DKM/DLKM certification)?

2. How To Apply for SKM/DKM/DLKM via PPT?
a) Self application via www.skkm.gov.my – Download & read  MANUAL PENGGUNA PPT 2018  OR
b) Learn from a 2 days course – kursus induksi PP-PPT*  that’s organised from time to time (average 3 times a year)
c) Consultation* *  – Please contact/whatsapp 012-3123430

*
2020 PP-PPT Induction Course
Date:
8-9 Feb
Time: 8.30-5pm

Venue: ISE Education Sdn Bhd, Kepong Metro Prima, KL
Fees: RM350 (includes notes, morning tea break, lunch & certificate from Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK)
Maybank 514589385943, ISE Education Sdn Bhd
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Download Induction Course Application Form NOW

So, please read thoroughly before you chat with us asking the same question, thanks.

DKM/DLKM-PPT layak sambung ke Sarjana Muda BTech UTHM melalui APEL

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Berita baik untuk mereka yang mengambil DKM,DLKM secara “PPT” dan sedang bekerja dalam bidang berkaitan bidang kursus sekurang-kurangnya 2 tahun. Kalau beminat untuk menambah ilmu pengetahuan di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana Muda bidang Teknologi, saya difahamkan pusat APEL sedia utk memproses permohonan anda bagi mengikuti program Sarjana Muda Btech di UTHM. Untuk maklumat lanjut sila hubungi APEL centre UTHM.

Sumber: Dikongsi oleh Prof Madya Dr Razali Hassan, UTHM

Komen: Selain UTHM, Unimap, UTEM & UMP (yang lebih dikenali sebagai MTUN) yang menawarkan Ijazah Sarjana Muda bidang Teknologi untuk lepasan DKM/DLKM (Tanpa SPM), UniRazak, KL bersama ISE Education Sdn Bhd juga menawarkan program URiseDiploma Profesional & Eksekutif Bachelor Pengurusan Industri, KHAS untuk pemegang/graduan TVET/SKM/DKM/DLKM (juga tak perlu SPM DAN tak perlu ujian APEL).

Program URise ini membolehkan graduan TVET/SKM/DKM/DLKM:

  1. Merasai program akademik pengajian tinggi tanpa terlalu membebankan (cuma 6-9 bulan, blended (online + tutorial bersemuka). Ia bagaikan matrikulasi.
  2. Peluang mendapat diploma/ijazah sarjana muda walaupun tiada SPM dengan bajet yang sederhana serta masa yang jauh lebih singkat berbanding program penuh status MQA.
  3. Membantu graduan TVET meningkatkan daya saing serta keupayaan untuk naik pangkat ke peringkat pengurusan, setelah adanya kemahiran teknikal.
  4. Meningkatkan status sosial graduan TVET.
Borang ni untuk pendaftaran/tunjuk minat program URise sahaja (sila hubungi APEL centre UTHM jika ingin tahu lebih lanjut mengenai kemasukan ke UTHM)

Masuk Program Ijazah Sarjana Muda di Universiti Awam (UA) Tak Perlu SPM lagi!!!

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Komen: Berita baik buat semua lepasan Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM), Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (DLKM) atau Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) yang diiktiraf setara dengannya oleh Kerajaan Malaysia.

Sepintas lihat, nampak seperti semua pemegang DKM, DLKM dan DVM tanpa SPM pun dah boleh masuk UA untuk sambung program Ijazah Sarjana Muda. Namun, lebih baik anda semak dengan setiap UA berkenaan kerana ia memerlukan kelulusan Senat Universiti.

Semua Universiti dan Kolej Universiti tertakluk di bawah Akta Universiti & Kolej Universiti (AUKU).

Semak Bahagian IV, Seksyen 25, Seksyen 26 dan Seksyen 27.

Kalau nak ubah, kena ubah atau buat pindaan Akta Universiti tu baru boleh digunapakai secara keseluruhannya.

Jika betul anda bersijilkan DKM/DLKM/DVM dan masih tak diterima UA sebab tiada SPM dan masih ingin mendapatkan ijazah (bidang pengurusan industri) dari IPTS (Universiti Swasta di KL), sila isi borang tunjuk minat ini.

Unirazak prepares students for 4IR

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak Chancellor Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid presenting the Chancellor’s Award to Nur Syakirah Mawardi at the university’s 19th convocation in Kuala Lumpur on 30th Nov 2019.

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unirazak) is looking to offer new programmes to cater for the needs of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4IR).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Datin Dr Samsinar Md Sidin said it would introduce the new programmes to ensure that students were prepared for the industry’s demands.

She hoped that Unirazak would be the first private university to cater for the 4IR.

“We will offer programmes that prepare our graduates to be a future-ready generation, hence we are looking not just within Malaysia but also to what is happening around the world.

“It is not just about programmes, but also the teaching and learning techniques, as well as skills.

“In order to achieve that, we have to be dynamic in terms of how we do things and I hope Unirazak would be able to do that for their students, as well as for the nation,” she said at the university’s 19th convocation here.

A total of 215 graduates from faculties of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Tun Abdul Razak School of Government and Graduate School of Business received their graduation scrolls.

The ceremony was officiated by Chancellor Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, who presented the scrolls to the graduates.

When asked if the university was prepared to embrace the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics programme, Samsinar said Unirazak was working closely with industries to obtain new content to include in its curriculum.

“We want these industry experts to come and teach our students as they are willing to learn beyond their programmes.”

Ahmad Sarji, in his speech, said the Fourth Industrial Revolution had been changing the world. He said Artificial intelligence, robotics, Big Data and the Internet of Things would collectively impact jobs and industries in the future.

“Unirazak has developed an Education 4.0 experience for students through the Unirazak Online Experience, better known as UROX, that rides on the Canvas System.

“This was introduced this year to all students and faculty members with the objective to expand teaching and learning at the university,” he said.

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

Comment: Do you know that Unirazak would soon have an URise program offering Professional Diploma in Industrial Management (ProDip) & Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM) that’s been created specially for TVET graduates?
It aims to:
1) Bridge TVET graduates to an MQA accredited Bachelor’s Degree or Masters Degree
2) Advance TVET graduates in their career with a Bachelor’s Degree, where most do not have a chance if they don’t have SPM with 3 credits, MQA Diploma or Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM).
3) Elevate TVET graduates’ social status.

If you’re interested to know futher, kindly
show your interest here

Syarat Lantikan Guru Kemahiran/Vokasional – VTO sahaja?

Calon internship – pembentangan kepada PPL pada penghujung 720jam internship

Masih ramai yang keliru, apa beza tenaga pengajar dan Pegawai Penilai di Pusat Bertauliah JPK.

Secara ringkasnya:

Tenaga pengajar – Pemegang sijil kemahiran/diploma/ijazah dalam bidang NOSS berkenaan, walaupun tiada sijil VTO.
Boleh mengajar tapi TAK BOLEH MENILAI (tandatangan portfolio calon program SKM/DKM/DLKM)

Pegawai Penilai – Mengikut Akta 652 (NASDA) Standard 6 : Pengajar Kemahiran mestilah memiliki sekurang-kurangnya SKM bidang Pengajar Vokasional yang diiktiraf oleh Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, Kementerian Sumber Manusia.
Boleh mengajar DAN MENILAI/TANDATANGAN portfolio calon program SKM/DKM/DLKM.

Dalam konteks SKM, minimum adalah SKM3, kecuali bidang tertentu yang tiada Tahap 1-3, DKM/DLKM, Diploma & Ijazah akademik tapi bidang berkaitan boleh diterima.
DAN
SKM bidang Pengajar Vokasional yang dimaksudkan adalah Sijil VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPERATION (VTO), I-031-3:2014

Jadi, boleh dikatakan peluang pekerjaan Pegawai Penilai adalah lebih tinggi berbanding tenaga pengajar (sebab tak boleh nilai)

Namun, selain SKM3 ke atas & siijl VTO, anda perlu juga ada sijil
Induksi PP-PPD-PPB (Siri D1/12/2019 pada 7&8 Dis 2019) supaya layak dilantik sebagai Pegawai Penilai.

8.30-5pm untuk 2 hari

RUMUSAN: PP perlu ada:
1. SKM3 ke atas
2. Sijil VTO
3. Sijil Induksi PP-PPD-PPB

Syarat-syarat memasuki kursus VTO :-

✅ SKM 3
✅DKM (TAHAP 4) @
✅DLKM (TAHAP 5)

Kelulusan dari :

✔KOLEJ VOKASIONAL
✔ILP
✔IKBN
✔IKTBN
✔IKM
✔KKTM
✔GIATMARA
✔ADTEC
✔ KOLEJ-KOLEJ KEMAHIRAN SWASTA
✔ PEKERJA MAHIR YANG INGIN MENJADI PENGAJAR KEMAHIRAN

📌PENGAMBILAN Dis 2019
📌Tempoh: 9 bulan (Sepenuh Masa) atau 12 bulan (Separa Masa)
📌Kelas teori 3 bulan (Sepenuh Masa) atau 6 bulan (Separa Masa)
📌Praktikal Mengajar 6 bulan

*Sijil VTO dikeluarkan oleh JPK, JABATAN PEMBANGUNAN KEMAHIRAN MALAYSIA*
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👩🏻‍🏫 *Baca lebih lanjut tentang kegunaan/faedah sijil VTO di www.jpkmalaysia.com/vto* 👩🏻‍🏫

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TEMPAT TERHAD – Pengambilan lepas ni Jun 2020

Govt wants parents to erase negative perception against TVET

KUALA LUMPUR: The negative perception that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a second choice for weak students compared to conventional academic field should be eliminated by parents, said Deputy Human Resources Minister, Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pix).

He said parents should place more confidence and support on their children taking TVET as this field is capable of producing the local manpower needed by the industry and nation to face Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).

“The government sees it (TVET) as a necessity. Those who hold diplomas in skills are eligible to continue their education at degree level through Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (MTUN) network project.

“The move is seen as giving confidence to the people in TVET,” he told a question and answer session at Dewan Rakyat here today.

Mahfuz was replying to a supplementary question by Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib (BN-Maran) on the statistics of TVET student intake which is still low compared to developed countries such as Germany, Holland and Australia and wanted to know what are the measures taken towards empowering the field.

To empower TVET, Mahfuz said via a 2025 plan under the National Skills Development Council which involved six ministries, his ministry is also focusing on TVET Tahfiz programme as the first step to extend skills training to young Tahfiz students.

“We want to ensure Tahfiz students also have a future to enter the employment sector,” he said.

Mahfuz said he had held a meeting with Kedah State Islamic Religious Council recently which was attended by 70 Tahfiz centre representatives to discuss the government’s plan for Tahfiz TVET

Source: Bernama

Comment: Besides technical bachelors (Bachelor of Technology), TVET graduates with SKM2, SKM3 or DKM will also have a chance to obtain an executive bachelor in industrial management in a much shorter time frame (9 months) under the URise program that’s being offered by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, KL together with ISE Education Sdn Bhd.
URise program has been specially designed for TVET graduates, hence need not worry that it’s too academic & tough.
Blended learning is implemented (online & offline learning at the University) to move with times.
*KWSP withdrawal can be done, on top of other payment options like credit card & the latest e-wallets.

Submit Your Interest Here

UTHM perkenal ijazah untuk lulusan vokasional

TIMBALAN Ketua Setiausaha Perancangan Strategik Kementerian Pendidikan, Datuk Kamel Mohamad. – Foto Intan nur Elliana Zakaria

BATU PAHAT: Rangkaian Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (MTUN) akan memperkenal program baharu sarjana muda teknologi, khusus bagi lulusan Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM), Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM) dan Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (DLKM).

Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha Perancangan Strategik Kementerian Pendidikan, Datuk Kamel Mohamad, berkata program itu merealisasikan agenda pendidikan teknikal dan latihan vokasional (TVET) di negara ini.

“Menerusi inisiatif pemerkasaan TVET ini, graduan DVM, DKM dan DLKM berpeluang untuk melebarkan lagi kemahiran dan pengetahuan mereka.

“Semua penuntut universiti yang mengambil program ini hendaklah turut berusaha mengangkat martabat TVET sebagai aliran pendidikan perdana dengan cara menyumbang kepakaran dan menjadi penyelesai masalah kepada masyarakat apabila tamat pengajian kelak,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada Majlis Pelancaran Jerayawara dan Promosi Ijazah Sarjana Muda Teknologi di Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) baru-baru ini.

Yang turut hadir, Naib Canselor UTHM, Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly dan Timbalan Naib Canselor (Akademik dan Antarabangsa) UTHM merangkap Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Program Ijazah Sarjana Muda Teknologi MTUN, Prof Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.

Program pengajian baharu itu yang mendapat pengiktirafan Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA) dan pensijilan badan profesional Lembaga Teknologis Malaysia (MBOT) ini membabitkan 10 jurusan yang menawarkan program berasaskan teknologi.

Antaranya ialah bidang penyejukan dan penyamanan udara, kimpalan, pemesinan, pembinaan bangunan, perkhidmatan makanan, minyak dan gas, penyelenggaraan sistem elektrik, sistem automasi elektronik, automotif serta keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan.

Semua program ini akan mula mengambil pelajar pada September 2020.

Bagi memperkenal program baharu ini, MTUN merancang untuk menjalankan promosi, menyebar luas dan mengukuhkan kerjasama industri sama ada di dalam atau luar negara.

Jerayawara ini juga bertujuan mempromosikan laluan bagi graduan kemahiran di Malaysia ke peringkat universiti menerusi kerjasama MTUN dan pada masa sama memperkenalkan program pengajian tinggi itu kepada wakil institut latihan kemahiran awam dan swasta dan wakil industri.

Selain UTHM, universiti awam yang menganggotai MTUN ialah i Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) dan Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

Sumber: https://www.bharian.com.my

Komen: Selain bidang teknikal, graduan TVET dengan SKM2, SKM3 ataupun DKM juga boleh bakal dapat ijazah pengurusan industri dalam masa yang singkat (9 bulan) dengan program URise yang ditawarkan oleh Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, KL bersama ISE Education Sdn Bhd.
Program ini direka khas untuk graduan TVET, jadi jangan bimbang ia terlalu akademik & susah.
Pembelajaran blended, atas talian dan bersemuka di Universiti
Boleh buat pengeluaran dari KWSP ataupun bayar dengan kad kredit.

Creating clear career pathways for TVET

FOR the nation to move forward in tandem with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) and beyond, there is a clear need for a well-trained technical workforce with skill sets that are present- and future-ready as well as future-resilient.

Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes have always been seen as the vehicle to prepare aptly-skilled human capital but somehow the general perspective is that they fall short in terms of the level of skills and knowledge needed for the industry to forge ahead.

Graduates who have qualified from TVET institutions previously do not have a clear career pathway to further their studies and secure jobs that are highly technical in nature.

To create more career pathways and opportunities for TVET students, the Education Ministry with the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) comprising four universities — Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) , Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) , Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) — and the professional body for technologists and technicians, the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), have collaborated in establishing newly developed Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech) programmes in specific technology fields.

Some universities have introduced several of the courses last month at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year while other universities will make the courses available in September next year.

The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0.

According to MBOT president Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, BTech programmes in MTUN are articulation programmes for TVET graduates with Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (Malaysian Vocational Diploma/DVM) through Kolej Vokasional (KV); and those with Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (Diploma in Skills Malaysia / DKM) and Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (Advanced Diploma Skills Malaysia / DLKM) from institutions under the Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR).

The articulation process entails matching the courses, requirements and coursework at vocational colleges with that at higher education institutions.

“KVs start enrolling students as young as 16, post PMR/PT3 examination towards Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) through Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) without SPM. That posed a problem for the graduates should they decide to pursue a Bachelor’s degree and beyond at public universities. Other than that they often face difficulty in transitioning from TVET-based education to an academic-based degree programme,” he explained.

Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin

The entry level requirement for BTech programmes in MTUN is not based solely on SPM qualification, Ahmad Zaidee highlighted.

For DVM graduates, most of the candidates have taken the equivalency courses to SPM’s Bahasa Melayu dan Sejarah, namely Bahasa Melayu 1104 as well as Sejarah 1251. For DKM and DLKM graduates, most of the students have taken SPM which already includes Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah.

In any case this nation-building initiative is not met, MTUN has agreed the student can enrol for the courses during their tenure years of BTech studies.

“MBOT through Technicians Act 2015 (Act 768) has established the Technology & Technical Accreditation Council (TTAC). This is a Joint Technical Committee with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to perform accreditation on professional technology and technical programmes. The council has published a Technology & Technical Accreditation Manual 2019 (TTAC MANUAL) for a comprehensive guideline for education providers (EP) to design and develop their programmes in the advanced technological fields,” he said.

UniMAP Academic Management Office dean Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar said the availability of BTech programmes for DVM and DKM qualification holders is timely.

“It is estimated there are 50,000 students graduating with DVM and DKM every year. With the availability of BTech programmes, these students can obtain Bachelor’s degree-level qualifications as per required to face the challenges of IR 4.0,” he said.

Associate Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar

DIFFERENTIATION

The main difference between BTech and conventional degree programmes is that the former were developed based on occupational requirement while the latter are more discipline-based, UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim explained.

“In conventional degree, fundamental and technological courses such as mathematics, physics etc are taught separately. In BTech programmes, the focus is for a graduate to perform a task in the work environment, hence fundamental and technological knowledge that is usually taught in different courses are embedded into a course on a particular competency set,” she said.

UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim

For example, she illustrated that a BTech Welding programme comprises a course of Welding inspection that combines elements of mathematics, physics, material studies, and local laws accordingly rather than have the subjects taken in separate courses, as with conventional programmes.

UTHM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly, meanwhile, explained that the current delivery or execution of BTech programmes uses the approach of Work Based Learning (WBL) in block released manner. This means the students undergo their studies in two phases: two and a half years at university and another year in the industry.

“The curriculum structure is towards preparing students into industry 4.0 in line with the Program Educational Objective, which is to produce technologist, technopreneur and entrepreneurship.

As such, the success ratio of higher graduate employability is ensured as the students will have a structured WBL courses in the industry itself within a year before they graduate,” he said.

He said another delivery approach via apprenticeship is still in the development progress. The idea is to have workers upgrade their qualifications by studying two days in university and working three days.

COLLABORATION

UMP Center for Academic Innovation & Competitiveness (CAIC) director Associate Professor Dr Mohd Rusllim Mohamed, who is a director of the MBOT Technology and Technical Accreditation Secretariat, observed that MoE and the Ministry of Human Resources have been working closely to ensure the programmes are running accordingly.

“So far, the government has distributed some budget for reskilling and upskilling of existing lecturers, mentoring training for industry workers, and the implementation of a newly developed concept of teaching factory — University Revaluation Teaching Factory (URTF). Here, students are involved in industry production line, thus creating valuable experiential learning even before they graduate,” he said.

He related that MoE has approached the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MGCCI) to become a strategic partner to BTech’s MTUN, so that the programmes can be further improved to meet the German standards.

“With MGCCI on board, all of its over 400 companies’ partners would be willing to be part of the ministry’s TVET empowerment agenda,” he said.

To improve the quality of teaching and learning based on IR 4.0, Anuar said UniMAP is currently applying to develop a teaching plant through the URTF effort.

“This involves practical sessions of industrial design, engineering design and 3D printing at this teaching plant,” said Anuar.

UniMAP’s Faculty of Engineering Technology has also applied for TVET transfer of technology (TOT) for existing lecturers to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

“The main objective of this TOT is to obtain professional certification for lecturers at the faculty. Some laboratories are also proposed to be turned into industrial laboratories, to enable professional certificates to be issued. Training to obtain a teaching professional certificate has also been proposed as one of the TOT TVET agendas to be implemented after this provision is approved,” he said.

At UTHM, Wahid said nine memoranda of understanding and eight letters of intent with related industries have been signed.

“The University-Industry partnerships include those with Siemens, Acson, Carrier, Festo, HardRock Hotel, NIOSH, Binaan Desjaya and Proton. The approach of BTech programmes is to have 60 per cent work-based learning and 40 per cent theory,” he said.

EXPECTATIONS

Director of UTeM’s Academic Planning and Development Office Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Fahmi Miskon said with a BTech degree in hand, TVET graduates can also request for appropriate and adequate amount of salaries coherent with the skills that they own.

“It is believed that the competition for fresh graduates to get a job has gotten tougher. Hands-on skills, experience and knowledge are what employers look for today,” he said.

Other than having more students involved in skilled courses, Ahmad Zaidee said it is also very important to get the students to further their studies so that they would be more intellectually improved in many aspects.

“The graduates of these programmes are expected to be employed as soon as they graduate because the programmes are designed to fulfil the needs of the industries.

“The launch of B.Tech programmes in MTUN reflects the government’s commitment in promoting and acknowledging TVET as the driving force in the country’s development. The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0,” he said.

As the primary professional body for TVET, he said MBOT prepares TVET graduates as technologists and technicians that are readily accepted not just in the local but also the global industry.

“We are establishing our footing in the international arena with other countries via bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

“To date, we have been accepted as provisional signatory for Seoul Accord (multilateral co-accreditation agreement for Information & Computing Technology programmes). MBOT has also taken a proactive step in proposing to pioneer the establishment of APEC Technologists and Technicians Register (ATTR) which is anticipated to be launched next year when Malaysia hosts APEC 2020,” he said.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/education

Comment: It’s not just BTech that DVM/DKM/DLKM graduates can pursue, they can also consider EBIM (Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management), an URise bridging program by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak where Technical Leadership and Industrial Revolution 4.0 are the core learning outcomes.

Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM), specializing in Leadership, enable skilled personnel to excel into managerial positions with enhancements in managerial core abilities. The course covers the learning in soft-skills of leadership, managerial abilities, business communication and project management.

For SKM1&2 graduates, they are also not forgotten as their pathway would be to Professional Diploma in Industrial Management.

Truly understanding TVET candidates’ situation, SPM is not a pre-requisite, yay! Another exciting part about the program is that it’s a blended learning, means it’s conducted online and face to face classroom.

For more information, kindly email to thonghiwah@urise.edu.my or whatsapp/call 012-3123430.