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January 17, 2018

Malaysia to have dedicated “Skill Development Ministry”, will focus skill-based qualifications


Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) : Pahang Umno wants the Federal government to set up a Skills Development Ministry to focus on the training of Malaysian youths with skill-based qualifications. They also suggested that the government stop certificates and diploma programmes for skill-based training, as many students were left jobless as they were under-qualified. Pahang delegate to the Umno General Assembly, Mohd Sharir Abdullah, told the party leadership that the country is in dire need of a skilled workforce to fill the needs of the industries especially, in core sectors like petroleum, automotive and aerospace. “The country has a shortage of skilled workforce in MRO (maintenance, repair and operations). For example, Petronas needs thousands of skilled workers every year to do services for them during shutdown.

“We are well aware that TVET (Tertiary and Vocational Education and Training) programmes are offered by various universities and institutions. However, while we are trying to solve the low number of skilled workers, we are also facing another problem in the form of critical unemployment of our youngsters, especially Malays, who have skill-based education certificates and diplomas. “This is a big loss for the industry and also a waste of talent, and thus, Pahang is of the opinion that students who show potential should only go for Bachelor’s  Degree programmes and above,” he said. Sharir said Pahang also hopes the government would provide training for students in specific sectors with proper learning guides, and given certifications that are at par with diploma and Bachelor’s Degrees in their fields. He said the new ministry should be set up and take over skill training programmes which are currently being handled by various agencies across several ministries.

“The country has a shortage of skilled workforce in MRO (maintenance, repair and operations). For example, Petronas needs thousands of skilled workers every year to do services for them during shutdown. “We are well aware that TVET (Tertiary and Vocational Education and Training) programmes are offered by various universities and institutions. However, while we are trying to solve the low number of skilled workers, we are also facing another problem in the form of critical unemployment of our youngsters, especially Malays, who have skill-based education certificates and diplomas. “This is a big loss for the industry and also a waste of talent, and thus, Pahang is of the opinion that students who show potential should only go for Bachelor’s Degree programmes and above,” he said. Sharir said Pahang also hopes the government would provide training for students in specific sectors with proper learning guides, and given certifications that are at par with diploma and Bachelor’s Degrees in their fields. He said the new ministry should be set up and take over skill training programmes which are currently being handled by various agencies across several ministries.

Sharir said Pahang also hopes the government would provide training for students in specific sectors with proper learning guides, and given certifications that are at par with diploma and Bachelor’s Degrees in their fields. He said the new ministry should be set up and take over skill training programmes which are currently being handled by various agencies across several ministries.

Note: News shared for public awareness with reference from the information provided at online news portals.

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