By Luqman Hakim
The Perak state government launched the Perak Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) Initiative on Monday, October 21, at Meru Casuarina Convention Centre. The initiative is aimed at empowering and producing a highly-skilled workforce in view of the industry becoming competitive.
Executive Councillor for Youth and Sports Development Howard Lee Chuan How said by recognising the technical, vocational and skills sector, it will pave the way for technocrats and skilled individuals to form a basis for the advancement of the country.
“Pusat Aspirasi Anak Perak (PASAK), under my portfolio, will work on the initiative together with Perak Eclat TVET (PET) which is experienced in the field,” he said. “The government has always prioritised the improvement of living standards, especially to those living in rural areas by preparing all kinds of training and self-improvement skills programmes.”
Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said that TVET is an educational process with a work scope focusing on industry practices.
“TVET paves way for a competent workforce in their own fields. Work scope needs to be based on recognised work standards, implementing practical components, psychomotor skills and industry exercise exposure,” he explained. “TVET not only produces skilled and trained workforce but is also able to create individual self-employment utilising possessed skill sets.”
With a holistic approach, Faizal said all TVET stakeholders will be gathered on an efficient and effective platform.
“Hopefully, by indirectly transforming the labour market, the state economy will improve over the long run,” he added.