Govt signs 10 MOAs with GLCs, private companies to improve TVET’s ecosystem
21 Feb 2023
The government has signed 10 memorandas of agreements (MOAs) with private- and government-linked companies (GLCs) in an effort to coordinate and improve the ecosystem of the country’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
Deputy Minister of Human Resources Mustapha Sakmud said the government’s move to involve the GLCs and private companies was to avoid duplication and waste in the implementation of the TVET programmes, as was agreed at the National TVET Council meeting on Feb 7.
He said the government is giving serious attention to improving the implementation of the TVET programmes.
“This is to address issues such as the provision of infrastructure and training facilities, skills mismatch and unemployment among TVET graduates.
“This involves TVET institutions in various TVET provider ministries and is coordinated through the National TVET Council,” Mustapha said during the question and answer session in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Feb 21).
He said this in response to a question from Onn Abu Bakar (PH-Batu Pahat), who wanted to know when will the coordination of the TVET training between the Ministry of Education and other ministries be carried out following the occurrence of many overlapping courses, leading to a waste of human and financial resources.
Mustapha said that through the initiative, GLCs and identified private companies will be involved in the implementation of the TVET programmes in terms of the curriculum development and training materials, as well as sharing of equipment and facilities, expertise and financing.
To a supplementary question from Onn about the ministry’s efforts in inculcating the cores of Madani Malaysia in the TVET programmes, he said this would be carried out by updating the syllabus and learning modules in TVET institutions, in an effort to produce 35% of skilled workforce through TVET programmes by 2030.
Mustapha said the TVET programmes also focused on inculcating positive values and morals, as well as technical skills.
“Apart from that, the six pillars of Malaysia Madani are used as the guiding principle in the administration of the TVET industry. For example, to ensure sustainability of the TVET programme, the industry needs to play an active role in providing the necessary machines and expertise to TVET trainees to produce Madani technocrats, to lift the country’s dignity and income,” he said.