KUCHING: The state government will continue to ensure the needs of high-tech industry are met by local workers.
Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Datuk Roland Sagah who gave this assurance said this was why attention was being given to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
“The state government places great emphasis on TVET because it is aware of the high demand and need for skilled human capital.
“This will directly reduce the dependence on foreign labour,” he said.
Sagah was speaking at the Kuching Vocational College Student Excellence Appreciation Ceremony and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at its Dewan Mutiara Gemilang here yesterday.
A total of 115 students from the college received certificates and prizes for outstanding achievement in the Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SVM) and Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) 2020 .
The government, he said, has implemented various forms of intervention to provide wider educational opportunities for students in the TVET field, including holding an Education Sponsorship Programme.
For the period 2019 to 2021, a total of 171,412 TVET programmes at Diploma and Bachelor level have been offered.
“In order to increase the motivation and encouragement of students to choose the TVET field, the government also implemented the B40 TVET Bursary Programme, specifically for B40 students who are studying in the TVET field this year.
“The purpose of this programme is to give the children of especially those from the B40 group, access to education at a higher level, and then build a career in the TVET field,” he said.
Also held simultaneously was the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding with industry.
A total of six industries were present at the event, namely Trianon Sdn Bhd, Veonic Global Plt, CCY Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, Seoul Garden Restaurant Sdn Bhd, MACCOM Industries Sdn Bhd and Muhamad Workshop & Services.
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