With this, industry strategic partners will be directly involved in the implementation of the country's TVET programme, including the development of curriculum and training materials.
Following an initial mention in a Parliamentary session, Malaysia's government has affirmed its commitment to strengthening the nation's technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programmes through signed memoranda of cooperation (MoC) with government-linked companies (GLC) and private companies.
The signing was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National TVET Council (MTVET), Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi on 16 March 2023 at the Kuala Lumpur Industrial Training Institute. Minister of Human Resources V. Sivakumar was also in attendance.
Through the MoCs, the industry strategic partners will be directly involved in the implementation of the country's TVET programme. Particularly, they will play a part in the development of curriculum and training materials, contribution and sharing of facilities and equipment, contribution of expert services, the development of teaching competence, and funding of the training programme.
This sealed memorandum of cooperation will be a cooperative platform covering all public skills training institutions under 12 Ministries, with GLCs and private companies, based on the mutually agreed field and scope.
Additionally, as cited in Bernama, DPM Ahmad Zahid has stated that the minimum wage of between RM1,500 and RM2,208 is insufficient for TVET graduates, thus calling on employers to offer a starting salary of RM3,000, which he deemed as appropriate seeing that these graduates are skilled workers who have undergone skill courses.
"Skilled workers will improve the productivity of the industry and this increased productivity will reduce the costs to produce the end products or services in the long run. So, this is reasonable because they are trained workers that meet the demand of the market," he was quoted as saying.
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