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      28 June 2018  

SEDIA supports and provides input on Technical and Vocational Education and Training Masterplan study by the Ministry of Human Resources

Kota Kinabalu (Thursday) - The Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) today briefed a delegation from the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR), led by Baharuddin Bin Mamat, Principal Assistant Director at the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analaysis (ILMIA) under MoHR, regarding on-going SDC projects, and issues concerning the development of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Sabah, especially under the SDC initiatives. The meeting included representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education and Innovation, Moira David. The team was met by SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub Hj Johari, with other senior officers of SEDIA.

Kartina Abdul Latif, Partner at PwC, explained that PwC is serving as consultant to the masterplan development study on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Malaysia, undertaken by MoHR. The masterplan is expected to cover several aspects, namely:

  • evaluation and improvement of public and selected TVET programmes;
  • valuation of industry engagements;
  • analyse economic supply and demand; and
  • compile economic supply and demand projections spanning the 2017-2050 period.
  SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub Johari Hj Johari (fourth from left) presenting a memento to ILMIA Principal Assistant Director Baharudin Bin Mamat (fifth right), while PwC Partner Kartina Abdul Latif (fourth right) and State Ministry of Education and Innovation representative Moira David (second right) look on

PwC noted that SEDIA has been proactive in Sabah's human capital development agenda. PwC noted that SEDIA has been collaborating with TVET institutions in Sabah to help produce quality skilled workforce for Sabah. As the agency overseeing Sabah Development Corridor, SEDIA contributes in being the facilitator and coordinator in linking relevant stakeholders involved in the human capital development arena in Sabah. As such, SEDIA's input will allow for the masterplan to better identify industry needs in regards to TVET development.

During the discussion, PwC remarked that, "if the report is properly structured, it will assist the government in properly outlining the structure of TVET for the nation". The study will look into how to implement modern learning methods into TVET, as many TVET institutions still rely heavily on traditional methods and will benefit immensely from the study's findings. PwC thus seeks to capture pertinent information to ensure that the study's findings will benefit all relevant stakeholders, including those in Sabah.

PwC will look into how the economic corridor authorities, including SEDIA can assist the industries in ensuring that the necessary human capital is provided; and how to incentivise the industries into playing a greater role in developing TVET institutions.

Datuk Dr. Mohd Yaakub informed the visiting delegation that the SDC TVET focus is accorded to specific sectors identified under SDC. In line with the government emphasis on TVET in producing quality skilled workforce for Malaysia to achieve the aspiration of becoming a high-income and developed nation, SEDIA is taking up the role as facilitator/coordinator, linking together relevant stakeholders who are involved in the human capital development areas; such as industry players with higher learning/skills training institutions in the state of Sabah. SEDIA believes that smart partnerships between industry players and higher learning/training institutions are crucial to ensure an efficient and sustainable human capital development for the state. The human capital development initiatives under SDC are aligned with the efforts of the Sabah State Government.

YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Haji Apdal, the Chief Minister had recently stated that human capital development and education is among the 13 main thrusts of the Sabah State Government core initiatives. This had led inter alia to the establishment of the State Ministry of Education and Innovation. The State Government will help existing vocational and skill training institutions to produce more skilful young generations, in developing Sabah to fulfil demand and needs of industry players.

Dr Yaakub stated that the human capital development thrusts under SDC encompassing higher academic studies, private skills training, entrepreneurship development and pre-school education, will complement measures carried out by the State Government. SEDIA has leveraged on national human capital development programmes such as the National Talent Enhancement Programme (NTEP), Semi-Skills fund, Graduates and Workforce Upskilling fund, and programmes under TalentCorp to support the human capital requirements of SDC.

SEDIA has implemented numerous measures to address the human capital requirements of SDC, and Sabah in general. These include:

  • Establishment of the Sandakan Education Hub (SEH) which will be complemented by the Interior Education Hub;
  • Implementation of the Sabah Animation and Creative Content Programme by University College Sabah Foundation;
  • Implementation of the incubator and training programmes at the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP);
  • Development of Bumiputera entrepreneurs; and
  • Collaboration between SEDIA and TVET institutions.

The importance of developing TVET is also in view of the emerging Industry 4.0 and its emphasis on communications technology, whereby industries heavily reliant on labour may benefit from the mechanisation and automation of certain, especially repetitive activities. The application of Industry 4.0 in the agriculture sector, especially oil palm industry can enhance productivity, crucial for Sabah as the main national producer of palm oil. The mechanisation and automation of harvesting, collection and transportation of oil palm fruits for example can radically improve productivity. This will also help reduce the reliance on foreign labourers in the plantation sector in the long run.

Dr Yaakub said further that SEDIA is ready to offer facilities under SDC to serve as test-beds for the application of Industry 4.0 in Sabah; such as in simulation, automation, systems integration, digitisation, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), drone application and data analytics, and in general smart manufacturing and automation solutions. For example, the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP) in Kimanis, Papar can provide facilities to demonstrate the application of Industry 4.0 in agro-industry; while the Sabah Animation and Creative Content Centre (SAC3) can support design and prototyping activities.

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