REMBAU – Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) should not be the last option for students who want to pursue higher studies.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the public should change the perception that TVET students were not good, not bright and failed in examinations.
“We have to make TVET as an alternative, not the last option but the choice of young people who are not academically inclined or not successful in academics.
“But this does not mean they cannot succeed in the technical and vocational fields,” he told reporters after the upgrading of seven National Youth Skills Institutes (IKBN) to National Youth High Skills Institutes (IKTBN), here, today.
The seven IKBN upgraded to IKTBN are in Chembong, Alor Gajah, Pagoh, Dusun Tua, Temerloh, Bukit Mertajam and Bachok.
Khairy said the Youth and Sports Ministry aimed to make IKBN and IKTBN as prime examples of the success of TVET.
“Let IKBN and IKTBN be a guide and reference point for all trainees, industrial training institutions, industry players and TVET syllabus designers worldwide.”
He said IKBN’s transformation programme had improved the marketability of graduates to 90 per cent, where nine out of 10 found jobs within six months after graduation.
They had also signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Petronas, UEM Group Bhd, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd and Gamuda Bhd which guaranteed jobs for graduates.
There are 14,725 students in the 12 IKBN and eight IKTBN nationwide, with some 4,000 graduates produced each year. – BERNAMA