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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi chairs a National TVET Council meeting in Putrajaya on May 20, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/ZAHID HAMIDI

Zahid assures TVET schools open to all

PUTRAJAYA, May 20 — No one will be excluded from joining Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses offered at 1,345 institutions nationwide, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The National TVET Council chairman said that so far over 30,000 places for over 700 courses have been offered to eligible applicants.

“We are worried that if we go by the previous trend, over 100,000 (people) will apply. (But) I asked the (council) secretariat to ensure no one is disappointed in terms of getting a place to study.

“Although the TVET system does not have an academic certificate equivalent to SPM or others, we will accept Malaysians entering any TVET institutions in this country,” he said at the launch of the TVET Intake Unit (UPTVET) here today.

Zahid said to empower the TVET field, high-level courses would be offered, such as artificial intelligence, electric vehicles and robotics.

UPTVET acts as a channel for admissions across all TVET-related ministries.

Zahid said UPTVET, developed by the Human Resources Ministry, was used for the 2024 January primary intake, which began in October 2023, while applications for the July 2024 intake were opened March 25 and will close June 11.

In a separate statement, Zahid said he chaired a council meeting where three proposal papers and one briefing note related to TVET empowerment initiatives were discussed.

It involved discussions regarding the TVET Day celebration on June 7 and 8 at the Kuala Langat Industrial Training Institute in Selangor, where Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is expected to launch the National TVET Policy 2030.

“I also studied the second tabling of the proposed empowerment of the WorldSkills Malaysia competition by the Skills Development Department.

“I see this competition as a platform to unearth talents among the people, and it is also a promotional medium that would be effective to raise the society’s awareness about TVET,” he said.

— Bernama

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