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      20 February 2017  

Malaysia to partner the UK in developing TVET capability

Kota Kinabalu (Monday) - Sabah saw the first Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) seminar held in Kota Kinabalu today. The event underlines Sabah's commitment in developing TVET to revolutionise human capital and boost productivity to support the growing industries and economy in the state.

Organised by The British High Commission and Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA), the Sabah TVET Seminar was jointly opened by Malaysia's Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching and British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell. It featured speakers from Sabah and experts from the UK.

Recognising the growing importance of TVET, Datuk Dr Mary Yap said, "Today TVET holds the key towards driving the engine of industrial and economic growth in the competitive global market. In view of this, the Ministry of Higher Education has launched the National Higher Education Blueprint (2015-2025) which charts the TVET landscape in Shifts 3 and 4. This sees TVET being transformed from being a less popular educational option as compared to the traditional university to being one of the most sought-after programmes in the world of education".

  British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell seen presenting her welcoming address

The UK, with a strong track record in both academics and TVET, is a global leader in supporting other countries to develop excellence in their respective education and training systems. It is well-placed to support Malaysia by sharing its experience and bringing in the necessary expertise. The UK's Department for International Trade has a dedicated education sector team that works with overseas governments, states and businesses that want to engage UK partners in large-scale education projects.

British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell said, "The UK and Malaysia have an incredible long standing relationship and education partnership is at the heart of it. Under our ongoing Education is GREAT campaign, we are making UK expertise in education and training accessible to Malaysia at the national level and state level, in areas such as education and training provision; educational technology and resources; English language teaching; qualifications, assessment and quality assurance; as well as professional development and leadership."

SEDIA has been proactive in the Sabah's human capital development agenda. One of the initiatives sees SEDIA collaborating with TVET institutions in Sabah to help produce quality skilled workforce for Sabah. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Yaakub Hj. Johari, SEDIA President and Chief Executive said that, "As the agency for 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."

Apart from that, SEDIA believes that smart partnership between industry players and higher learning/training institutions is crucial to ensure an efficient and sustainable human capital development for the state. Potential area of interest would include Education, Tourism, Oil, Gas & Energy, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Aviation, Creative Content, Science & Innovation.

During a visit to Sabah in 2016, Treadell was impressed with the state's development and potential. A common theme which cut across her dialogues with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman and a number of organisations was the demand for skilled workers. This led to further talks on how the UK could support Sabah in its Human Capital Development Roadmap.

"I am delighted that the UK is the partner of choice to work with Sabah in delivering on its human capital development aspiration. The UK can share its expertise in developing skills and competencies for the sectors which account for a total of 114,000 jobs required by the Sabah Development Corridor," Treadell added.

The Sabah TVET Seminar is part of a series of activities and engagements under the Education is GREAT campaign launched in London and Malaysia in 2016. It augurs well with Sabah's aspiration to increase its TVET capability to support development plans. The Seminar was attended by over 200 participants and ended with a networking reception.

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