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 EDUCATION

TVET crucial in producing skilled labour

24th November, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions are the best platform that play an important role in the nation’s development framework to boost the number of skilled labour towards becoming a developed country in 2020.

Sabah Federal Secretary Datuk Nor Rizan Mohd Thani said highly skilled human capital is the core of productive high income economy and that the country is in need of the best human capital to uplift industrial development and technology mastery to avoid total dependency on foreign countries.

“I urge students to fully utilize their time to study in the various fields offered especially engineering in which the government has stressed upon on TVET. This is to fulfil the needs of manpower and labour in the future for the nation’s development which is in line with the courses offered in Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic,” he said.

Nor Rizan was speaking during the closing ceremony of Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic (PKK) Orientation Week ‘Minggu Suai Kenal’ for December 2017 session intakes.

According to him, in line with the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) visions and aspirations, significant focus would be given towards Industrial Revolution 4.0 in the effort to produce highly competitive skilled workforce in the global level.

“Students need to be proactive and possess initiatives to improve themselves in multiple areas be it academic, personality, innovation, entrepreneurship or soft skills in order to produce holistic graduates.

“I would also like to remind students on the importance of moral values in their daily lives, to ensure they bear their responsibilities as students. This is crucial in achieving success which will in turn bring good names to their families and the country,” asserted Nor Rizan.

A total of 575 new students of PKK had undergone the orientation week where a number of activities, talks and introductions were conducted to prepare the students for their three years’ study in the campus.

Its director, Zainab Othman said the number is expected to increase as the registration for walk-in applicants are still open until Dec 15.

“The programmes offered in PKK are all accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).

“This proves that the quality of teaching and learning processes is constantly monitored to ensure it meets the set standard to produce competitive graduates and could fulfill the industrial needs,” she said.

Zainab also noted that PKK has reached 91 per cent marketability for its Dec 2016 graduates which surpassed the Ministry of Higher Education target of 90 per cent graduates to land jobs within their qualifications in the period of six months after graduating.

“We hope that this momentum would escalate in years to come to realize our vision of becoming the leading TVET institutions in the national and international level by 2020,” she asserted.

Among the programmes offered by PKK are Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Accountancy, Marketing, Hotel Management and Resort Management.

One of the students of Hotel Management Diploma, Khairah Syak Irin said she was excited but nervous at the same time to continue her studies in PKK.

“I was sad in the beginning because I will have to stay far from my family but now I am glad and relieved because I have an aunt who lives nearby,” said the 19 year-old.

Khairiah who came from Kuala Lumpur disclosed that her initial plan was to study culinary but after studying at a Community College, she intended to venture into the hotel industry instead.

“I wanted to study culinary but I did not get through so I tried this instead. I spent a year and a half at Selayang Community College to study hotel operations…I would like to work in the hotel as a supervisor, in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Amirul Hisyam, 18, and Muhd Shazwan Rahim, 18, said they have been friends since little and it was a pleasure to further their studies in the same institution.

“I have always been interested in Engineering, which is why I chose this course,” said Amirul who wishes to become an engineer in the future.

Both Amirul and Shazwan came from Limbang Sarawak and will spend three years in PKK to study Diploma of Quantity Surveying.

“We admired KK for its beautiful places and we wanted to gain experience living in this State,” said Amirul. Shazwan who is the second of three siblings said he hopes to change the lives of his family. “I want to change our lives and become useful in the future,” he said.

   
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