70% TVET courses to be hands-on

A fruitful partnership: Ahmad Zahid (centre) with Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar (left) launching the MyNEXT TVET event yesterday. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Hands-on practice will make up 70% of the content in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) courses so that students are more employable upon graduation, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“We suggested that only 30% of lessons in a TVET course takes place in the classroom while 70% of the learning is done at workshops, labs or workplaces so students can get as much exposure (in their respective field).

“After their courses end, they will have a strong grounding in their field and the employability of TVET graduates can be increased from 98.5% to 99.5%,” the Deputy Prime Minister told reporters after attending the MyNEXT TVET event at the Bukit Jalil Stadium yesterday.

These changes have been proposed to the National TVET Council, he said, adding that the council is also working to introduce new subjects such as electric vehicles maintenance, artificial intelligence technology, aerospace engineering and also telecommunications.

“We will achieve 5G soon and this requires us to have a skilled workforce,” he added.

TVET courses across 12 ministries and 1,344 TVET institutions will be streamlined next year under the National TVET policy.

“For that purpose, the government and private sector across the country must collaborate,” said Ahmad Zahid.

He explained that MyNEXT TVET is a centralised digital framework on TVET initiatives aimed at integrating talent analysis and management.

MyNEXT TVET aims to improve the employability of a graduate, assist employers in identifying suitable talent and strengthen present TVET programmes.

The launch of MyNEXT TVET was accompanied by the signing of 19 memorandum of cooperation (MoC) for the transformation of TVET programmes between the government, government-linked companies and the private sector.

The Human Resources Ministry said the signing of the MoCs will benefit TVET institutions across 12 relevant ministries.

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