KUCHING — Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) will be the most important avenue for increasing Malaysia’s skilled human capital base, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.

As such, he said the government would focus on transforming TVET to meet industry demand.

“The government will intensify collaboration with industry to increase intake in TVET, improve the quality of programmes and institutions and improve the sector’s overall branding and profile,” he said when closing the World TVET Conference 2015 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here Thursday.

He said collectively these advancements would produce sufficiently skilled graduates and make TVET a pathway of choice.

“It is expected that the intake of school leavers with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) to TVET programme will be increased to 225,000 by 2020 as compared to 164,000 in 2013.

“As Malaysia aspires to become an advanced and inclusive nation by 2020 and to realize this Malaysia requires human capital with knowledge and skills, as well as ethics and morality to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth,” he added.

In this regard, he said the initiative under the 11th Malaysia Plan are projected to generate approximately 1.5 new jobs by 2020 of which 60 per cent require TVET-related skills.

Riot said to expedite the quantum leap of the rate of employability of TVET graduates, the entrepreneurship facet should be explored by the TVET training providers and their students to create the competitive edge of TVET.

Meanwhile executive director of Sarawak Skills Development Centre, Hallman Sabri, the organiser of the three-day conference said it has been agreed during the plenary session of the conference to form TVET Association of Malaysia in collaboration with International Vocational Education Training Association (IVETA).

Fiji will host next year’s World TVET Conference.

— BERNAMA

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