KUALA LUMPUR: Parents should shed the mindset that labour intensive work would not guarantee the future of their children, and that TVET courses are only for those who are weak academically, says M. Kulasegaran.
"Do not think that welders cannot earn as much or more than graduates if they are properly equipped with the right qualifications from TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training)," said the Human Resources Minister.
He said currently, there is a 25% vacancy in TVET courses nationwide.
He also said that the most popular course seem to be aircraft maintenance, which has very limited places.
He also pointed out that the government is introducing more incentives for workers who wants to enrol in TVET courses, including opening up more night classes.
Kula Segaran was speaking to the media Thursday (July 4) at a session in KL Sentral to announce the TVET forum titled "Human capital development to enhance future skills agenda" to be held on July 8 and 9 in Putrajaya.
The forum to be officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will serve as the platform for stakeholders in TVET to discuss the direction of the TVET in the country.
At the event, Kula also unveiled the icon of TVET celebrity Yusry Abdul Halim of KRU Akademi.
Yusry, a former singer and an expert in animation special effects, will be assisting the ministry to promote TVET courses among the young.
"We are hoping for new mechanisms and new changes on TVET courses. We will be appointing icons from all regions and states and from all levels of the societies to promote TVET. We hope the youths will be more attracted with such celebrity ambassadors," said Kula.
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