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School leavers urged to pursue skills education

The Star Online, Miri, 23 September 2017 - Technical and vocational education training (TVET) provides vast opportunities for skillful individuals to contribute to the country’s economy, said Sarawak Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

He said as Malaysia was fast moving towards high-income status by 2020, there was a need for 3.2 million skilled and semi-skilled workers in industries such as tourism, oil and gas and construction.

“TVET institutions collaborate with various industries that focus on National Key Economic Area (NKEA).

“This strategy has led to the supply of competent manpower in critical fields such as hotel catering, pastry, baking, culinary, information technology (IT), electric, and oil and gas.

“Thus, industries are pillars for TVET institutions to ensure that there is a constant demand for TVET graduates and opportunity for them to secure high-income jobs,” Lee said after opening the Pan-Borneo Education Exploration (EPPB) seminar here.

He expressed hope that TVET institutions could attract more students to receive education and undergo technical and vocational training.

Meanwhile, Miri Community College director Fadil Aziz said the seminar aimed to guide school leavers who planned to further their studies in government TVET institutions.

He said the seminar helped expose the target group to job opportunities awaiting students who studied in TVET institutions.

Government agencies such as the divisional department of education, village safety and development committee (JKKK) and community leaders should promote higher education to help realise the National Education Development Plan (2015-2015), he added.

The half-day seminar also featured exhibitions by TVET institutions in Sarawak such as Mukah Polytechnic, Miri Community College, Sarikei Community College, Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara, Institut Latihan Perindustrian, Giat Mara Centre and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.


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