KOTA KINABALU (TUE): The Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) in collaboration with Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is organising a webinar entitled TVET for Economic Prosperity and Youth Empowerment on Thursday, 30th June 2022 at 2.00 p.m. via Zoom.
In a statement today, IDS Chief Executive Officer, Ts. Dr. Ramzah Dambul said the rapid developments in the economy and the manufacturing processes demonstrate the need for skilled professionals with relevant employability skills to meet the demands of the dynamic labour market of today. “Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has always been a catalyst in the national development plans of industrialised nations, which integrates technology, connectivity, sciences, practical skills, attitudes, understanding, and information relating to employment,” highlighted Ts. Dr. Ramzah.
According to Dr. Ramzah, TVET programmes in Malaysia is very promising as the Federal Government is committed to the TVET approach as part of the solution to address the human capital mismatch between the industries’ demands and institutions’ supply, with RM6 billion in 2021 and RM6.6 billion in 2022 allocated in improving TVET institutions in Malaysia. “However, there is still a need to revamp the TVET education system to ensure the curriculum remains relevant to the latest technological developments, in line with the country’s up-and-coming industries and digitally-inclined global markets,” he further stressed.
Dr. Ramzah further elaborated that today’s webinar aims to increase youth awareness of the vital role of TVET in the development of the country, highlighting the stigmas, benefits, opportunities, and limitations, providing an avenue for the government and industries to share their experience and responses on the best way and most effective solution for TVET as one of the nation’s capacity builders, and providing and input on the formulation of policies as well as scalable, replicable, and sustainable models for further application for TVET and skills development through learning experience from other prosperous countries such as Germany in view of adapting international best TVET practices for Sabah’s institutional context.
Four papers will be presented during the webinar which are “Enhancing TVET brand, Programme Quality and Delivery” by Dr. Umawathy Techanamurthy, Senior Assistant Director,Instructional and Digital Learning Division, Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education,Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia; “German Dual Vocational Training – best practice in Malaysia” by Mr. Daniel Bernbeck, CEO and Board Member of the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry; “The Advantages & Challenges of TVET to the Private Sector in Fast-Changing Economies” by Ms. Lydia Beh, Founder and Executive Chairman, S1 Asiapac Sdn Bhd; and “TVET – A Relevant option for our Youth” by Mr. Khalifa Affnan from Keningau Vocational College & Winner of Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Award 2022.