Study: Most TVET grads already making money

SHAH ALAM: Nearly all of Malaysia’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) graduates have either been employed, are pursuing their higher education or have become young entrepreneurs, according to the Graduate Tracers Study TVET.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said that as at Oct 31, 98.29% of vocational college graduates are either studying for their higher qualification, pursuing entrepreneurship or are successfully employed in various industries in Malaysia.

“We aim for 70% of graduates to embark on employment as skilled workers in relevant industries, 20% to pursue their higher education and 10% to become young entrepreneurs,” he said before witnessing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony with Top Glove yesterday.

He added that the government will focus on improving TVET over the next five years as outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan 2021-2025 (12MP).

Dr Mah said the 12MP has adopted several measures to strengthen TVET including improving the ecosystem and enhancing courses through skills certification.

This move will help cultivate more talent with the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), he said.

“With more technically trained professionals, Malaysia’s move towards becoming a fully industrialised, developed, high-income nation is within sight,” he added.

He said there are about 80,000 TVET students in the 87 TVET colleges under the ministry’s purview.

He also said TVET will be given an allocation under the Education Ministry’s RM52.6bil budget next year to improve “the TVET ecosystem to produce future-ready talent who can meet industry demands locally and globally”.

Under the MOU, Dr Mah said 900 TVET students and graduates will have the chance to work with global glove manufacturer Top Glove.

The MOU was signed by Education Ministry TVET Education director Zanariah Ahmad and deputy director Norhayati Ab Wahab on behalf of the ministry, and Top Glove group human resources general manager Loke Kean Mun and deputy general manager Daryl Ooi Keat Leong.

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