Government support and private sector cooperation is key in high marketability amongst TVET graduates
The Star, Malaysia (29 November, 2020) - There is high marketability for graduates from polytechnic and community colleges, as data from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Coordinating Body shows that more than 95% of graduates obtain employment.
From 2018 to 2020, polytechnics and community colleges have successfully produced nearly 7,000 entrepreneurs among its graduates, with several breaking the mould to achieve five-figure incomes in addition to generating job opportunities for others. These students do not only excel in academia, but are also proud achievers at the national and international levels by winning medals and acknowledgements through various skills, innovation and sports competitions.
TVET has succeeded not in just educating students with knowledge and skills in their search for employment, but also in providing them with the necessary know-hows on how to become self-employed entrepreneurs. Students have been further exposed to entrepreneurship with the support of Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and external agencies in order to brave them up to venture in the business industry and overcome the employment challenges of the new normal brought by the pandemic.
Academia-Industry cooperation is also one of the key reasons for high marketability as these work-based learning and structured internship programmes help create industry-ready TVET graduates that are highly competitive and in demand. TVET courses that are created based on the needs and requirements set by private companies are committed to hiring the graduates which in turn ensures employability and livelihood for these students.
Regardless of these success, the TVET sector still faces challenges including the stigma of TVET as well as difficulties to acquire for buy-in of all stakeholders to ensure its continuous contribution to the nation’s growth. Much like any initiative with aim of a greater impact, sustainable and long-lasting cooperation driven by the private sector is essential while better coordination among various government agencies and other stakeholders is also key.
Another key factor is sustainable funding, whether it is for students’ studies at TVET institutes, or for the development and maintenance of institutions, facilities and equipment, as well as the readiness and adoption of policy, lecturers and industry players in line with the new normal and the fourth industrial revolution - such as online learning and massive open online courses.