Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said although there are many TVET graduates working in the industry, the numbers should be higher.
“It’s unfortunate there are not many takers from our (TVET) students,” he said before witnessing the certificate of cooperation signing ceremony between the Education Ministry’s polytechnic education and community college department (JPPKK) and four O&G industry partners in Putrajaya.
He said he hoped more students will take up TVET courses relating to the industry, especially from the B40 group.
Maszlee said there are many lucrative jobs within the O&G industry.
This, he added, can help the B40 students create better lives for themselves.
Maszlee said the signing marks the formation of the first focused TVET cluster, which is for the O&G sector.
“The industry should be the core player,” he added.
“It should be the industry which takes the first step to work with us.
“By grouping businesses into focused groups, we can address any issues specific to the industry,” he said.
Four companies have come on board for this TVET cluster.
These are Dynac Sdn Bhd, EEW Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd, and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation.
Maszlee hopes more O&G companies will step forward to be part of this cluster.
JPPKK director Dr Mohammad Naim Yaakub said this will see polytechnic and community college students undergo internships at the companies.
The companies will share their expertise with staff and students.
The companies’ technical staff and engineers will also hold talks on their expertise.
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