Skills training needs upgrade

By Ava Lai

So thankful: Riot (third from left) presenting a certificate to conference speaker Concetta Fonzo, a research project manager of Skills Factory in Italy.

KUCHING: The World Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) conference 2015 has given the delegates an important message to narrow or close the big gap on development between developing and developed countries.

The conference, held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching from Tuesday to yesterday, attracted 700 delegates from all over the world. More than 70 experts and practitioners of TVET presented their papers during the course of the conference.

The fair, organised by the Department of Skill Development, was held alongside the conference with 50 TVET learning institution booths from within and outside Malaysia and attracted over 1,000 visitors, especially students.

The conference discussed many topics, including opportunities, issues and challenges related to the government, industry partnerships, training centre programmes, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurs.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said one segment of the conference that he found very interesting was the marginalised youth empowerment framework which focused on the communication, collaboration and credibility strategies.

“I strongly believe that to expedite the quantum leap of the rate of employability of TVET graduates, the entrepreneurship facet should be explored by TVET training providers and their students to create the competitive edge of TVET,” he said at the closing of the conference.

Under the 11th Malaysia Plan, 1.5 million new jobs will be generated by the year 2020 which will require 60% of TVET-related skills.

“It is expected that the intake of school leavers to TVET programmes will be increased to 225,000 by 2020 as compared with 164,000 in 2013,

“The government will intensify collaboration with industry to increase intake in TVET, improve the quality of programmes and institutions and improve the sector’s overall branding and profile,” said Riot.

The advancement will produce sufficiently skilled graduates and make TVET a pathway of choice.

PPKS executive director Hallman Sabri said policymakers, implementers and industries should come together to develop a dynamic quantum leap TVET framework that would meet the needs of the industries.

“It is our hope that the driver or champ of TVET would be able to gain knowledge and bring back innovative ideas that could be transcended into policies, strategies and action plans for the benefit of the respective communities and nations,” said Hallman.

Next year’s conference in Fiji will be organised by the Fiji National University and Pacific TVET Association.

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