As Malaysia transitions into a high income economy, demand for skilled employees is on the rise. Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) serves as an alternative to mainstream systems to prepare the nation’s workforce for skills-intensive jobs. One of the projects under the ETP’s Human Capital Development policy initiative aims to increase the number of skilled workers in the country to 50% by 2020 by providing school-leavers with opportunities to pursue vocational education. More than RM632 million has been allocated to the Skills Development Fund for private accredited centres to spur quality training. Government-private sector collaboration is crucial in ensuring the success of TVET programmes. To encourage involvement of corporate players, the National Dual Training System (NDTS) exposed apprentices to real work experience. In this Industry Speaks, we spoke to Dato’ Boonler Somchit, Advisor to Khazanah Nasional Berha’ds Corporate Reskilling Centre, Pn. Hajah Zalihar, Pengarah Bahamian Pendidikan Teknik dan Vokasional (BPTV) MOE, and Mr Thomas Zimmerle, CFO of Infineon Technologies Sdn Bhd.
Channel: Malaysia News