Malaysia's TVET Initiative proven a success
Dhesegaan Bala Krishnan | New Straits Times
New Straits Times, Malaysia (November, 2020) - The Vocational Education Transformation Plan introduced in 2012 is now bearing fruits as more skilled and future-resilient Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates join Malaysia's workforce every year.
In an interview, TVET Division Director Azman Adnan shared Malaysia's TVET's great promise to fulfil the Malaysia's dream to become a high-income nation, with the country now boasting 87 vocational colleges, 357 schools offering Upper Secondary Vocational Education, another 26 schools offering Upper Secondary Industry Apprenticeship as well as 9 Secondary Technical Schools and four Special Vocational Education Secondary School established with the sole purpose of producing top-notch workforce for the country.
TVET graduates grew high in demand as a result of the TVET division's initiatives to bridge the skills gap of Malaysia's workforce and industry needs. Each year, the ministry was stated to target for 70 per cent of vocational college graduates to work in industries, 20 per cent to further their studies to the tertiary level and another 10 per cent of graduates to become entrepreneurs. As a result of this Transformation Plan in the TVET education, the graduate employability rate in vocational colleges has continued to soar and the vocational colleges have become the country's largest provider of skilled workers.
"For instance, the employability rate of vocational college graduates was 97.6 per cent in 2017. It reached 98 per cent in 2018 and stands at 98.7 per cent last year."
Furthermore, he lauded the Malaysian government for charting the way forward for TVET education through the RM6 billion allocation under the 2021 Budget and expresses hope that the resources poured into developing the country's TVET sector will change the community's negative perception of the field.
"I hope parents drop their pessimistic view of TVET as second-class education because reality speaks volume of our success. Every year, we produce some 14,000 graduates and we are the country's largest provider of trained and skilled workforce...These graduates are the key to realise Malaysia's high-income nation dream," he added.