Deputy Human Resource Minister, Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the involvement and support of the industrial sector was important to raise the quality of TVET training and know-how while helping to prepare the students to compete in the domestic and global markets.
"I hope more industries will collaborate with the skills training centres across the country as their support and assistance could produce TVET graduates that are competitive and of high quality towards achieving the vision of Malaysia becoming a high-income and developed nation by 2020.
"The joint involvement of the manufacturing, mechatronic, microelectronic, electrical and services sectors also proves that the TVET centres are up to the challenge of producing graduates in tandem with the prevailing technology and needs of industries," he told reporters when met at the (ILP) Kepala Batas Industrial Training Institute (ILP), here, today.
Mahfuz was present to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and smart collaboration between ILP Kepala Batas and 11 representatives from industries. Human Resource Department director-general, Sutekno Ahmad signed the MoU on behalf of the institute.
Mahfuz said this collaboration was a strategic direction covering the main fields of training such as refrigeration and air-conditioning, electrical and electronics, instrumentation and control, and telecommunications.
He said the collaboration was also the result of strategic cooperation which could have a long-term beneficial impact, especially in overcoming the skills job market problem among locals in the industrial sector.
"The government views seriously the preparedness of TVET graduates to work in the industrial sector where technology changes very fast. Therefore, with this collaboration, the Human Resource Department has provided a platform for TVET graduates to build their careers in the industries," he added.
According to him, the strategic partnership with regard to expertise, facilities and technological development between ILP Kepala Batas and the industries could also promise the best returns in upholding the direction of the country’s industrial development.
"My hope is for the companies (industries) to continue providing opportunities and lending support to the government to enable the TVET technologists and technocrats help the nation achieve its mission and vision of producing skilled, knowledgeable and competitive manpower,” he said.