Firms told to have tie-ups with vocational schools

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

By EUNICE AU | euniceau@nst.com.my 0 comments

LINKAGES: Call by NUTP chief to sponsor students for technical workshops abroad

KUALA LUMPUR: COMPANIES should be a partner to vocational colleges and schools, according to the National Union of the Teaching Profession.

NUTP president Hashim Adnan said companies could step in to sponsor students to attend technical workshops overseas, such as in Japan or Germany, to gain insight and experience.

Industry linkages was especially important, he added, because students still viewed technical and vocational courses as their second and third choice.

He was commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s call for all quarters to play a part in the technical and vocational education system to meet the demands in the field of engineering.

“Students have the perception that if they pursue technical and vocational studies, they will end up in workshops doing low-end jobs.

“This mentality needs to change and students have to be made aware that technical and vocational studies can lead to successful jobs such as engineers,” Hashim said.

Teachers and counsellors should highlight to students that they can opt for more hands-on vocational studies and still have a secure future, he stressed.

“They can end up working in the automobile industry, Formula 1 or in the telecommunications industry producing technology like smartphones which is a booming industry,” he suggested, adding that well-trained technical and vocational students could lead to them creating and producing local brands.

He urged the Education Ministry to take a look at role models in the technical and vocational industry in countries like Japan and South Korea and come up with a local marketing strategy to encourage students to take up such studies.

Education Ministry technical and vocational division director Ahmad Tajudin Jab said automotive engineering was currently the most popular course among the 4,500 students enrolled in 15 vocational colleges, followed by electrical technology and electronics technology.

Aircraft maintenance and mechatronics courses would be offered by private vocational colleges this July, he revealed.

He added that the perception of technical and vocational colleges was slowly changing for the better.

“Bright students with good Penilaian Menengah Rendah results have enrolled in private vocational colleges and this is very encouraging to see.”

He added that the ministry would also be working together with the Human Resources Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry, Rural and Regional Development Ministry and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry to further expand the vocational courses.

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