Overlap in TVET training needs attention, says Wan Azizah

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail wants overlaps in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provided by various ministries to be streamlined for the system to be more effective.

She said based on the existing structure, six ministries are involved in implementing TVET.

These are the education ministry, human resources ministry, youth and sports ministry, agriculture and agro-based industry ministry, rural development ministry, and women, family and community development ministry.

“The overlapping of education systems, certification, development funding constraints, and the uncertainty faced by TVET graduates are among the challenges which need to be addressed and resolved,” she said when officiating the golden jubilee celebration of Malaysian polytechnics at Politeknik Ungku Omar here today.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching was also present.

Politeknik Ungku Omar was selected as the celebration venue as it is the first polytechnic in the country, set up in 1969.

Wan Azizah hoped the TVET supervisory committee, announced by Education Minister Maszlee Malik in November last year, could help solve the issues.

The committee is expected to coordinate and rationalise training.

The women, family and community development minister said industry players should also be more involved in the process for TVET training to succeed.

“Industries should always communicate with TVET institutions regarding the needs of the work force to avoid a mismatch between the demand and supply in the job market.

“I suggest that polytechnics continue to strengthen collaboration with industries through the ‘teaching factory’ concept by bringing in more industry engagement into polytechnics in the various fields.”

She said the concept would involve apprenticeship, work-based learning and “learn and earn”.