CULTIVATING A SKILLED NA­TION

Pro­fes­sional peo­ple in spe­cialised jobs needed to drive last leg of achiev­ing high-in­come sta­tus

New Straits Times - - News -

THE Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry has a vi­sion to spear­head the de­vel­op­ment of world-class hu­man cap­i­tal, with a tar­get of pro­duc­ing 35 per cent of the coun­try’s skilled work­force by 2020.

Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said in line with this as­pi­ra­tion, the theme “Cre­ative Work­ers Spur In­no­va­tion” has been cho­sen for this year’s Work­ers’ Day cel­e­bra­tion.

“The theme em­bod­ies the need and im­por­tance of nur­tur­ing cre­ative and in­no­va­tive work­ers in view of changes in the eco­nomic struc­ture and na­tional de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties for the next five years.”

Richard said de­vel­op­ing hu­man cap­i­tal is one of the strate­gic thrusts un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020).

“The gov­ern­ment is set to strengthen and up­hold tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (TVET) to pro­duce highly-skilled work­ers. Un­der the 2017 Bud­get, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said TVET ca­pac­i­ties will be en­hanced.

“Tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­rol in skills cour­ses will be of­fered to school leavers and work­ers who wish to pick up new skills.

“It is also avail­able for those who like to up-skill or re-skill them­selves, as well as pro­fes­sion­als to get more train­ing in line with their work re­quire­ments.”

Richard said the gov­ern­ment con­tin­u­ously en­cour­aged in­dus­tries to move up the value chain through high-qual­ity in­vest­ments.

“At the same time, the gov­ern­ment will at­tract in­vestors with pri­or­ity to de­velop knowl­edge and in­no­va­tion.

“There­fore, tal­ent, abil­ity and cre­ativ­ity in highly-skilled jobs are among the crit­i­cal fac­tors to gen­er­ate, sus­tain and ful­fil the coun­try’s plan for eco­nomic growth.

“Be­sides that, as prepa­ra­tion for the Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion, work­ers need to equip them­selves with skills and knowl­edge to stay rel­e­vant and com­pet­i­tive in the job mar­ket,” Richard said.

The min­istry has em­barked on var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to realise its vi­sion of de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing a highly-skilled hu­man cap­i­tal.

“The ini­tia­tives include par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion like trade com­pe­ti­tions, such as the In­ter­na­tional In­ven­tion and In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion through the Man­power De­part­ment.”

Richard said the de­part­ment also or­gan­ised its own Cre­ative and In­no­va­tive Tech­nol­ogy Com­pe­ti­tion (Citec) for stu­dents in pub­lic and pri­vate skills train­ing in­sti­tutes (ILKA and ILKS), as well as univer­si­ties. “Through these com­pe­ti­tions, lec­tur­ers, in­struc­tors and stu­dents can ex­change knowl­edge, skills and ex­per­tise to op­ti­mise re­sources and solve prob­lems in cre­ative and con­struc­tive ways.”

He said the coun­try’s fo­cus on TVET will en­sure the pro­duc­tion of world-class hu­man cap­i­tal, which is re­quired in its last leg to­wards achiev­ing high­in­come sta­tus by 2020.

The gov­ern­ment has also de­clared this year as TVET Year.

The min­istry has taken var­i­ous steps to widen ac­cess to TVET train­ing, in which ILKAs play an im­por­tant role. To date, there are 531 ILKAs es­tab­lished un­der var­i­ous min­istries and gov­ern­ment agen­cies, which of­fer cour­ses that cater to the needs of in­dus­tries.

To en­cour­age en­rol­ment, the Skills De­vel­op­ment Fund Cor­po­ra­tion pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for school leavers and work­ers to pur­sue train­ing at the in­sti­tutes.

Be­sides that, Richard said the Dual Na­tional Train­ing Sys­tem Pro­gramme will be in­cor­po­rated in the 1Malaysia Skills Train­ing and En­hance­ment for the Rakyat (1Master), which will be con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ILKAs.

“It will op­ti­mise the role of the train­ing in­sti­tutes and max­imise in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion in de­vel­op­ing a skilled work­force.”

Richard said the TVET cour­ses will also be reviewed and im­proved based on the Na­tional Oc­cu­pa­tional Skills Stan­dard (NOSS).

“In de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing the NOSS, in­put from in­dus­try play­ers will en­sure that the pro­grammes meet job mar­ket de­mands.”

More­over, the man­age­ment of TVET cour­ses has been up­graded. The cur­ricu­lum is based on a sin­gle ac­cred­i­ta­tion sys­tem used by the Skills De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment and Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

Richard said as the gov­ern­ment of­fers train­ing pro­grammes to de­velop a skilled work­force, the min­istry is also pro­mot­ing job va­can­cies at its Job­sMalaysia por­tal.

“The Man­power De­part­ment will match the work­ers with po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers,” he said.

In de­vel­op­ing the por­tal, the min­istry has con­sid­ered the use of the “in­tel­li­gent func­tion” to match job­seek­ers and em­ploy­ers.

In the real world, Job­sMalaysia has been run­ning out­reach pro­grammes through its Job­sMalaysia Cen­tres (JMC) since Septem­ber 2012.

JMC has or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties like open in­ter­views and ca­reer car­ni­vals, job place­ment pro­grammes in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the pri­vate sec­tor, hol­i­day placements for univer­sity stu­dents and or­gan­is­ing a spe­cial group place­ment pro­gramme for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, such as sin­gle moth­ers, the dis­abled, for­mer drug ad­dicts, for­mer con­victs, the home­less and re­tirees.

To date, JMCs are op­er­at­ing in nine Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tres na­tion­wide. Richard said they will soon be re­branded as Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices Cen­tres.

As of last year, about 176,105 job­seek­ers have se­cured placements through var­i­ous pro­grammes or­gan­ised by the Man­power De­part­ment in Penin­su­lar Malaysia.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak vis­it­ing a skills train­ing col­lege in Port Klang re­cently.

Job­sMalaysia has been run­ning out­reach pro­grammes through its Job­sMalaysia Cen­tres since Septem­ber 2012.

Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem

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