‘Re-engineer skills training courses’

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 06 Dec 2019

Sultan Nazrin launching ‘Skills Malaysia 2.0: Towards New Collar Jobs’ at the Ipoh Industrial Training Institute. Looking on are Ahmad Faizal (right) and Kulasegaran (left). — Bernama

THE skills training approaches and methods used in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions must be re-engineered to meet the requirements of new technical jobs, says the Sultan of Perak.

Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said this should be done by introducing best practices in the management, formulation and design programmes.

The Ruler said this was necessary to ensure TVETs were more energetic and dynamic in facing changes in technology, increasing global migration of workers and climate change.

“Focus should be given in improving self-learning skills, with the use of problem-solving, project- and production-based learning approaches.

“Using this new learning method will expose trainees to the real working world, ” he said in his speech at the launch of “Skills Malaysia 2.0: Towards New Collar Jobs” at the Ipoh Industrial Training Institute.

Also present were Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran.

Sultan Nazrin said the National Occupational Skills Standard development methodology, which is fundamental to the development of the training curriculum, needed to be improved in line with the development of digital technology.

He said new types of technical jobs emphasised on speciality skills.

“The labour demand by the industry no longer depends on academic qualifications but on skills.

“With these developments and more specifically, with flexible modules and curriculum designs through micro-credentials, educational methods based on competency is required, ” added Sultan Nazrin.

He said the concept of micro learning that is specifically tailored to meet the industry needs must be strengthened.

“There is a need for new ways of training, in line with Albert Einstein’s saying, ‘Education is not learning the facts but the training of the mind to think’, ” added Sultan Nazrin.

Kulasegaran, in his speech earlier, said the government aimed to get at least 60% of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia graduates to pursue TVET education and to achieve the target of 35% of highly skilled workers in the nation’s workforce.

He said TVETs under the ministry nationwide had the maximum capacity of 22,500 trainees, and currently, there were 18,500 participants compared to 16,000 last year.

He said the ministry hoped to increase the number of skilled workers and were trying to reach out to as many people.

“We are providing a chance to all Malaysians to join the TVET programmes and even going into villages and Felda settlements to get more people to take up the skills-based courses, ” he added.

Kulasegaran said the ministry was also drafting a short-term skills programme for the Orang Asli community.

“The programme involves 27 Orang Asli villages in Cameron Highlands and its surrounding areas.

“We aim to train 1,200 participants in the various skills starting next year, ” he added.

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