PETALING JAYA: Malaysia needs to emulate and benchmark against international best practices for technical vocational education and training (TVET) to remain competitive.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot Jaem said this was especially necessary as by 2020, at least 60% of jobs in the Malaysian market would require TVET skills.
“The development will make TVET a choice of study, increase the TVET talent pool and increase employability of TVET graduates,” he said in Germany.
Riot is leading a Malaysian delegation to Germany and Britain to meet experts to strengthen human capital development in Malaysia.
Among the objectives of the visits are to identify a framework for certifications under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) offered by institutions and to benchmark Malaysia’s existing RPL frameworks against international ones.
“It allows us to gain strategic plans for the betterment of our nation. It will also provide us with insights into Germany’s SME development initiatives.
“Currently, their SMEs contribute 52% to the German economy, compared to Malaysian SME’s 33.1% contribution,” said Riot.
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