BUKIT MERTAJAM: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions should operate after normal working hours, says Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.
He said he would suggest that all TVET institutions be open from 5.30pm to 11pm instead of just the normal working hours of 8am to 5pm.
“The move will pave the way for industry workers, especially trainees who work full time, to further their studies.
“It will allow them to upskill themselves. This is common in other countries, where such institutions open after the usual working hours.“The Penang Skills Development Centre here is doing that. It opens after normal hours,” he said during a press conference yesterday.
Both Kulasegaran and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, representing the Japan-Malaysia Technical Institute (JMTI), were on hand to receive the Japanese Foreign Minister’s commendation letter from the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa at the JMTI premises in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.
The implementation of TVET is being undertaken by six ministries – Human Resources, Education, Youth and Sports, Rural and Regional Development, Works and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.Earlier, Kulasegaran said JMTI was one of the 32 TVET training institutions under the Manpower Department responsible for providing pre-employment and in-employment training.
He said to date, JMTI had produced 6,844 full-time students at diploma and advance diploma levels, and had trained 32,083 part-time trainees.
“JMTI has also established itself as a reputable regional TVET training provider.
“It has conducted 12 international training programmes involving 112 participants from 15 countries through the Third Country Training Programme and the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme,” he said.