Monday, October 22, 2012

Skills education no longer second choice

Posted by Smookiekins On 10/22/2012 12:45:00 PM

Skills education is equally important and should no longer be the second choice for students and parents, according to the director-general of Manpower Department of the Human Resource Ministry, Datuk Romli Haji Hassan.

Speaking to reporters after the 8th convocation of Institusi Latihan Jabatan Tenaga Manusia (ILJTM) East Region for Sabah and Labuan FT zone in Sepanggar yesterday, Romli said that the mindset must be changed.

“Skills education is unlike the formal academic education which takes longer. In skills education, the number of students in a class is limited to about 15 so they get more attention from their lecturers.

“Then most of the graduates from training institutes like ILJTM and Institute Latihan Politeknik (ILP) are usually snapped up by prospective employers as soon as they complete their courses and if they are really good in what they do, they will command high salary,” he stressed.

Romli disclosed that there is even an ILJTM graduate of the pipe and gas course who currently commands a salary of RM7,000 a month and added, the initial wages during the probationary period may not be high but the remuneration after confirmation would be assessed according to the skill of the individual.

He went on to urge parents and students to consider opting for further education in skills training instead of pursuing for the academic study.

In Sabah, there are about 12,500 employment opportunities available in the Sabah Development Corridor so youths in the state must not let this opportunity slip away, he pointed out.

Romli also expressed hope to see more corporate companies collaborating with ILJTM in a knowledge exchange programme in the pursuit to produce more skilled workers for the country.

The companies currently working with ILJTM are Petronas, SESB and Celcom Axiata, he said.

In his speech earlier, Romli said 711 students from ILP Kota Kinabalu, ILP Sandakan and ILP Labuan FT graduated after completing various certificate courses yesterday.

He added that 57 per cent of ILJTM’s 6,000 graduates produced annually have secured jobs while another 12 per cent have yet to be employed with 24 per cent opting to pursue further studies at the diploma level while a small group have turned down jobs offered to them.

“Those who rejected the offers make up about eight per cent of the total and there are various reasons attributing them to rejecting the job offers and these include logistics, wrong field, low salary and also because of emotional reason, where they did not want to be away from their families,” he said.

He further said that applications for entry into the ILP Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Labuan FT for the new session of 2013 are now open and applications can be submitted on line.

At the convocation, Amran Naim from Kota Belud was awarded with the ILJTM’s special award for his achievements and contributions to ILP Labuan which included attaining the Excellence Certificate at the Malaysia Skills Competition 2012, obtaining second place in the Asean Skills Competition 2011 and representing Malaysia at the Asean Skills Competition in Jakarta next month.

Amran was however personally unable to attend his convocation as he is currently preparing for the November competition.

His father, Naim Sungko accepted the award on his behalf.



Source: Borneo Post






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20 comments:

  1. Pembelajaran sesuatu kemahiran itu juga penting untuk seseorang mendapatkan pekerjaan.

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  2. Harap ILJTM akan teruskan usaha menghasilkan pelajar yang berdaya saing.

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  3. bidang kemahiran amat penting pada masa ini, jadi ceburilah bidang ini.

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  4. Pendidikan sangat penting pada zaman sekarang, harus tidak mempersia-siakan masa yang ada

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  5. Diharap pembangunan di Sabah akan mencipta banyak peluang pekerja untuk Sabahans

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  6. Lebih ramai yang pilih kursus yang lebih praktikal dari teori sekarang ni. pasaran kerja sekarang menuntut kemahiran dan pengalaman.

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  7. Pertingkatkan kemahiran dan kebolehan supaya dapat bersaing dengan graduan2 yang lain.

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  8. Learning outside the classroom can help students to enrich their experience and learn about the real life, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

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  9. He said such learning could help the students to enhance their skills which were important for life in the 21st century, which were thinking skills, problem solving, self-study and the skill to work as a team.

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  10. Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said this when opening the World Robotic Olympiad (WRO), here which saw host Malaysia sending the largest contingent with the participation of 56 teams competing in various categories.

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  11. “Learning through activities such as designing, constructing and robot handling will help the students to master knowledge and skills in the fields of computer engineering, electrical and high technology mechanical engineering which have a high demand in industry,” he said.

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  12. He noted that the organising of the WRO in Kuala Lumpur was also appropriate with the declaration of 2012 as the Year of Science and National Innovations Movement (SGI 2012) aimed at mobilising the national development agenda through the enculturation of science and innovations among Malaysians.

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  13. Muhyiddin said that besides gathering the best students in the field of science worldwide, the WRO was also the best platform to nurture the interest of students in the fields of science and technology through learning based on interesting and exciting experiences.

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  14. He said that as the field of robotics cut across other disciplines such as applied physics, mathematics and engineering, it was also the ideal career choice beause it involved various industries and skills.

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  15. “Robotics today is a rapidly growing field in the industrial sector and the demand for talented young professionals to work in the robotics industry is increasing.

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  16. “I hope these students (participants) would continue to stay in the field of science and technology up to the higher study level in order to give a more meaningful contribution to their respective countries and to be capable of competing in the field,” he said.

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  17. Muhyiddin said just like in the other developing countries, science and technology played an important role in Malaysia’s development, particularly in efforts towards becoming a developed nation with a high income.

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  18. Muhyiddin said several local institutions of higher learning also offered courses in the robotics industry including Universiti Teknologi Malaysia which had set up the Robotics Centre and Manufacturing Skills in 1997.

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  19. The two-day competition is being participated by countries such as Australia, Indonesia, China, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Germany, Egypt, Nigeria, Thailand, Russia and Ukraine.

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  20. Since its participation in the WRO in 2005, Malaysia had won seven gold medals, eight silver and five bronze and had emerged as the world champion for two years consecutively in 2009 and 2010.

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