PUTRAJAYA - The image of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is no longer viewed as second class education, but rather the opposite, namely a career path for the nation's youth, says Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said, previously, TVET was often viewed negatively - only for youths who were backward, in that they had failed to finish their schooling until form five; expelled from school or had attended juvenile correction centres.
"However, with continued empowerment from the government and industrial recognition for those who follow TVET, it has become an easy career path for youths in terms of its marketability as compared to university graduates," he said.
He said this when giving a speech during the fourth convocation ceremony of 1Belia 1Kemahiran (1B1K) of the Malaysian Youth Council (MYC), which involved the awarding of certificates and diplomas to 500 TVET graduates from 14 skills training institutions here Tuesday.
Khairy said the government also highlighted several changes in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education)), among which emphasised the appreciation of lifelong learning and future TVET graduates.
Taking 1B1K-MBM as an example, he said the programme helped a total of 4,976 youths to obtain skills training in public and private institutions in the six years since its launch.
"With the marketability of TVET graduates reaching an impressive 90 per cent achievement rate, a total of nine out of 10 of TVET graduates are able to get jobs upon graduation, and as such, it is my hope that the stigma that youths can only excel in education if they obtain education in universities can be dispelled," he said.
During the ceremony, Khairy also launched the 1B1K-UMP Competent:TVET Based on Lifelong Learning programme, an initiative of Universiti Malaysia Pahang in upholding youths of the industry sector, in the field of TVET.