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      07 September 2018  

SEDIA Welcomes Opportunity as TVET One-Stop Centre in SDC

Kota Kinabalu (Friday) - Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) recently participated in the Town Hall and Dialog session, organised by the Polytechnic Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Higher Education at Politeknik Kota Kinabalu. The objective of the session is to obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders, which includes the TVET training providers, industries and local communities relating to current issues of TVET.

The session, which was themed 'Memperkasa TVET Membina Negara' (Empowering TVET Building the Nation) was chaired by YB Nurul Izzah Anwar, who was appointed by the Education Ministry, to head the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Empowerment Committee. The newly set-up committee is tasked to look into TVET programme and to prepare a report to strengthen and improve the nation's TVET.

  The Honourable Nurul Izzah Anwar, Chairman of the TVET Supervisory Committee and moderating the Town Hall and Dialog session (seated far left) with the invited panel members. Mdm Janet Lee, Assistant Vice President of SEDIA (seated third left) as one of the panelists.

The process of empowering TVET would undergo various phases with the first phase involving meeting with relevant parties. There will be five locations of meeting the TVET stakeholders and Sabah was the first destination for YB Nurul Izzah and her committee. YB Nurul also mentioned to include SEDIA, the regional development corridor agency for Sabah, citing Northern Corridor Investment Authority as an example, to play an active role as a One-Stop Centre in the TVET empowerment. Some issues discussed during the session are TVET current development in Sabah, developments from related local industries in Sabah, TVET's contribution to the state and other skills that are required by Sabah youths.

It was a good discussion platform to listen and gain feedback from stakeholders relating to, not only, issues and challenges in implementing TVET but also to discuss further on how to elevate understanding of all parties to move forward towards empowering TVET. SEDIA, as the One-Stop Authority to drive SDC, with the primary responsibility to plan, coordinate, promote and accelerate the development of the SDC, and having implemented numerous measures to address the human capital requirements of SDC, and Sabah in general, was invited to provide input and assist in the session.

TVET collaboration with SEDIA started with the meeting held on 6 February 2015 attended by Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) under the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Department of Polytechnic Education, Vocational Technical Education Division and Community College Education Department. As a result, various programmes have been organised in collaboration with the TVET institutions in Sabah. Programmes such as Industry Players Engagement Sessions and Karnival Kerjaya 2015-2017 with Politeknik Kota Kinabalu, rural skills development programmes with Community Colleges in Beaufort and Tambunan as well as with Keningau Vocational College. Aside from that, SEDIA also collaborates with training providers from the private sectors, whom are members under the Persatuan Pusat Latihan Kemahiran SLDN Sabah dan Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan in organising Skills Development Programme for the housewives and single mothers in the rural areas.

SEDIA Chief Executive Dr. Mohd. Yaakub Hj. Johari welcomes this opportunity to serve as TVET's One Stop Centre in SDC. As a matter of fact, SEDIA has been actively involved in supporting TVET programme in Sabah. SEDIA acts as a One-Stop Centre linking industry players (demand) and TVET institutions (supply) playing the facilitating/coordinating role in the human capital development arena. Apart from a mentor of CEO Faculty of Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, SEDIA is also represented at the National Skills Development Council.

- Media SEDIA

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