Malaysia's Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran has cited technical and vocational education training (TVET), as a good option for furthering studies and finding jobs, Bernama reported.

This is due to its focus on skills development, which is in line with Malaysia's target where 35% of the workforce will comprise skilled workers by 2020 (current: 28%). In fact, Kulasegaran said it was easy for TVET graduates to find jobs, which a current take-up rate of 94%.

Speaking after a "Human Resources Ministry with the people" event in Rantau on Sunday (24 March), Kulasegaran said: "Skills training is very important and the country's progress depends on it. I hope our young will pick TVET as the first choice.

"Parents should not solely be looking at sending their children to universities because TVET is no less important."

He further added that the involvement of both the Chinese and Indian communities in TVET "was rather lukewarm", at 1% and 5% respectively. To address this, the ministry is intensifying efforts to encourage better participation from these groups and the Orang Asli community.