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TVET relevant in efforts to boost Sabah's economy

Last Update: 15/09/2019

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 15 -- Courses offered by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions are relevant in efforts to boost Sabah's economic development.

Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said courses offered by the Vocational Colleges under the Education Ministry were able to produce highly-skilled local workforce, thus reducing dependency on foreign workers.

“Sabah is now focusing on maximising the state resources.  Sabah is rich in (natural resources, such as) timber, oil and the same time, we want to develop the manufacturing sector,” he told reporters after officiating the convocation ceremony for the Sabah and Labuan Zone Vocational College under the Education Ministry here today.

At the event, a total of 1,152 graduates from various fields of studies received their diplomas.

Yusof said vocational colleges could play an important role in meeting the needs of the industry as well as helping to boost Sabah's economy. 

He hoped that parents in the state could change the perception that TVET was a second or last option in their children's education pathway of choice as it was important to meet the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“The marketability rate of TVET graduates is also high with 97 per cent of them being able to secure jobs,” he said.

Yusof also hoped that the strategic partnerships between vocational colleges and industry players would continue to be strengthened.




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