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 EDUCATION

Making Commerce and Technical Training Institute top

29th June, 2018

By DK RYNI QAREENA

PAPAR: The Ministry of Education and Innovation is looking into making the Commerce and Technical Training Institute (ILTP) a leading Technical and Vocational Education Training institute.

Its minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said in line with the rebranding of the ministry, slight restructuring in the institute’s courses may take place in addition to improvements in its infrastructures, tools and trainings to guarantee quality and proper accreditation.

Stressing on the need to collaborate with major industry players, he stated that the ministry will also seek ways to reinforce the courses to remain relevant with industrial demands.

These, he said, are crucial before they consider setting up a new Human Resource Development Department (JPSM) campus in other districts.

“We not only train students according to our own will but the institute should also engage with industry players particularly those under the State government so that the students trained are sought by the industry.

“I also urge industry players to cooperate and give feedbacks on what they want so that we’ll be able to train based on their needs,” Yusof said.

He added that students inclined to venture into business and entrepreneurship will also be provided with trainings on business management prior to graduating to help steer their direction.

“Close working relationship with other institutions will also be intensified to make way for students who wish to study further.

“We will give a roadmap on where they should go next so we will ask to collaborate with other institutions so that when our students graduate, they could continue their studies to diploma, degree and so forth,” Yusof said. This roadmap would include information on education funding which the ministry will look into.

He was speaking to reporters after the ILTP, JPSM Series 1/2018 Convocation here yesterday which saw 108 students graduating from six commerce and technical programmes.

Earlier in his speech, Yusof reminded students to be grateful and proud of their achievements in vocational training as academic certificates are no longer sole determinant of one’s success.

“Vocational students used to be underestimated but today, these students belong in the target group that receives main attention from various local and national industry players.”

A graduate, Jeorge Lisa, agreed to it, saying vocational training opens doors to wider job opportunities as graduates were provided with skills and certificates that will draw in big industrial licenses such as in the Oil and Gas industry.

The 20-year-old who hails from Tenom said that his one year and a half period at ILTP was mostly filled with hands-on training which will help him to meet industrial demands.

“I reckoned that if I went on with academic (studies), I would not go far because I’m an average student so I decided to go with vocational as it does not simply rely on thinking skills,” said Jeorge who was awarded with ‘Best Student’ in Welding.

According to him, the beginning of his training was tough given the multiple tools and tests needed to pass the course but as time went by, he persevered and got through all obstacles.

“Other challenges that I faced was in terms of the tools; they were insufficient and some of the teaching materials are not up to date and we lack major machines but nonetheless, we pulled through.”

Realizing high opportunity in Oil and Gas, Jeorge wishes to spend another three months to pursue 6G Welding course with PETRONAS Institut Teknologi Petroleum (INSTEP).

Also present were Assistant Minister Jenifer Lasimbang, permanent secretary to the ministry Datuk Bruno Vun and JPSM director Azmi Salim.

   
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