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5th Annual


Charting New Paths to Developing Malaysia’s
Technical & Vocational Education and Training System

29th April 2008, Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The United Nations International Centre for Technical and Key objectives of the conference include:
Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC), defines • Provide an update on Malaysia’s technical and vocational
technical and vocational education and Training (TVET) as education (TVET) system;
“the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of • Offer an opportunity to learn from the experiences of
work.” As such, one of the key objectives of TVET is to countries with successful TVE system implementation;
prepare and equip students for immediate work upon • Identify the training and educational needs of TVET
graduation. teaching staff and explore avenues to meet these needs;
• Understand the different dimensions of TVET and its links
with human resource development and skills training;
There is no denying that TVET plays a vital role in the • Explore the usage of technology in the teaching and
socio-economic development of any nation. For learning of TVET;
governments, TVET is seen as crucial for enhancing • Encourage the development of TVET partnerships
economic competitiveness as well as a tool that contributes between policy makers, educators and industry players.
to social inclusion, poverty reduction and sustainable
development. Young people and adults are also giving WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
credence to the need to acquire some form of technical or This conference is specifically designed for:
vocational skills to stand them in better stead to meet the • Policy makers in governmental agencies dealing with
demands of an ever-increasing competitive marketplace. technical and vocational education (TVET)
• TVET technology and content providers
• Educationalists
Given these developments, it is fitting that Malaysia as a • Human Resource consultants and trainers
society and nation ponder upon how best it should develop • Education curriculum development advisors
its technical and vocational education system to meet the • Career and course counselors
challenges ahead. Is the current TVET system responding • Senior management representing the:
to an adequate level to the nation’s demands for a skilled - Technical and vocational schools and institutions
workforce? Is it meeting the educational and training needs - Community colleges
of school leavers and workers? How should TVET policies - Training and Skills development organisations
be implemented to bring forth the best results possible? - Companies and organisations who employ
This conference seeks to address some of these issues by technical and vocational workers
providing a platform towards “charting new paths to
developing Malaysia’s technical and vocational
education and training system”.
Organised by:

For further information please contact 603-6203 2009 fax: 6203 5030 or log on to www.aep.com.my
Charting New Paths to Developing Malaysia’s Technical & Vocational Education System
29th April 2008, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Organised by:

Tuesday, 29th April 2008
Time Session Moderator Speakers
8.15 – 9.15 am Registration
9.15 – 10.00 am Session One: YBhg Tan Sri Zainol YBhg Dato’ Haji Yusoff
“Revisiting Technical and Vocational Education Abidin Abdul Rashid Harun
in Malaysia: Creating Education Opportunity for President, Empire Putra Deputy Director General
Every Student” College/ Founder and Technical Education
Architect of Malaysia’s Department, Ministry of
(Technical and vocational education & Training
Skills Development Education, Malaysia
(TVET) in Malaysia is gaining recognition for its Training System
ability to contribute towards the development of a
competitive technical workforce. It is hoped that
through TVET, students more avenues to continue
their education and training, hence reducing the
rate of dropouts among secondary school students.
• The Blueprint for Education Development
(2006 – 2010) – Defining strategies to
promote TVET in Malaysia.
• What are the TVET issues and gaps to be
• Effectiveness assessment – Measures
introduced to gauge the relevance, value
and responsiveness of TVET in Malaysia.
• Is the implementation of TVET on-track
under the 9th Malaysia Plan?
• Winds of change – what are the areas that
will be reviewed under the proposed
revamp of technical schools by the Ministry
of Education?
• Should additional incentives be offered to
industries to participate in technical and
vocational training of students?) 
10.00 – 10.30 am Refreshments
10.30 – 11.15 am Session Two : Mr. Mark Disney Mr. Stuart Costello
“The Path to Building a Flexible and Innovative Chief Editor Trades Training Manager
TVET System – An Industry Based Approach to Education Quarterly Leighton International
Vocational Training”. Limited

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11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three: • Professor Dr Rosli
“Equipping Teachers for Tomorrow: Meeting the bin Hamir
Education Needs of Technical and Vocational Vice President
Teaching Staff” (Property
Development &
(One of the areas of concern in dealing with TVET
pertains to the shortage of qualified technical and Open University
vocational teaching staff as well as the need to Malaysia
provide more professional development avenues for • Ms. Lok Yim
teachers already in service. Pheng
• Identifying training and development needs Secretary-General
of teaching staff. National Union of
• What are the existing avenues available to the Teaching
teachers? Are current avenues sufficient? Profession
• What is the demand for post-graduate
studies amongst TVET teaching staff?
• Can common standards guide training and
education providers in their delivery of
TVET teacher training programmes?)
12.15 – 1.00 pm Session Four: Mr Mark Disney Mr Adam Carlon
“International Collaboration in Technical and Chief Editor Counsellor For Education
Vocational Education: Creating a Partnership Education Quarterly AEI Malaysia
Australian High Commission
for Progress”
(The education sector is one which is evolving
rapidly. TVET is not spared the global changes; a
relentless force that requires education providers
and academic institutions to keep abreast of
developments in order to equip students with a full
range of key competences demanded by the market
• What opportunities are available in the
region for TVET providers to form
international partnerships?
• What does a partnership entails?
• How best can institutions establish
international collaborations across diverse
cultures, in addition to managing
1.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch

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2.00 – 3.00 pm Session Five: Mr Mark Disney • Dr. Yap Chee Sing
“Technical and Vocational Education in the Chief Editor Managing Director
Digital Age: Harnessing Technology for Education Quarterly Iverson Associates
Innovative Learning” Sdn Bhd
(The technological advancements which we are • Ms Venishri
witnessing today are changing the way individuals
and communities learn, work and play. In TVET, no Coordinator
longer can institutions depend on traditional TAFE College
methods, without adapting to technological Seremban
• How has technology changed the learning
and delivery of TVET?
• What are the future technological trends
that can and will impact TVET? How
should TVET institutions adapt to these
new trends?
• Can technology bring about innovative
learning in TVET systems?
• E-learning and distance learning: can it be
applied successfully in TVET?)

3.00 – 4.00 pm Session Six: YB Prof Senator • Mr Hara Akira

“Understanding Current and Future Skills Needs Datuk Dr Ismail Md JICA Adviser
for Career Planning” Salleh Ministry of Human
Vice Chancellor & Resources
• The importance of career planning in
CEO, International • Ms. Ng Wan Peng
developing TVET
University College of Vice President
• Situation and challenges of youth Technology Twintech Multimedia
employment and how government can (IUCTT) Development
overcome this problem
Corporation (MDec)
• Current and future skills needs of the
industry and business – identifying and
assessing critical skills gaps
• Concept of career planning as a life long
continuing process
4.00 – 5.15 pm Session Seven – Interactive Discussion: Mr. Goh Swee Seang • YBhg Dato’
“From School to the Working World: Producing Deputy Director- Pahamin A Rajab
Graduates Who Meet Expectations of General, Malaysia Chairman &
Productivity Founder, Fasfik (M)
Corporation Sdn Bhd
(As Malaysia strives towards becoming a more
• Mr Quek Ngee
industralised and knowledge-centred nation, the Meng
need for more skill-based workers has increased Director, MCA
considerably. A survey done by APEC in 2004 Lifelong Learning
indicated that Asian countries face significant and Secretariat
growing shortages of technically skilled workers. • Dr Jeffrey
However, merely churning out graduates without Bannister
Chief Technology
having a clear understanding of industrial needs is
not the solution. Orbitage Sdn Bhd
• What are the expectations of industries of
their employees?
• Are technical and vocational institutions in
Malaysia creating graduates that are

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• Which additional skills should TVET
institutions offer students, in addition to
technical knowledge and ability in order to
prepare for employment?
• Lifelong learning, employee training and
career development: Implications for
5.00 pm Refreshments/ End of Conference

Note :

The organizer reserves the right to change the programme and speakers in the best interest of the conference.

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5th Annual Registration Fee
Charting New Paths to Developing Malaysia’s Technical & Vocational Education and Training System Standard Rate
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29th April 2008, Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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