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Considering Vocational Training?

Learn more about technical education and vocational training to decide if it is the best course of action for you.
As a student, vocational training represents one of three main routes you can take, aside from joining the workforce or enrolling in academic courses like medicine and law. Now, you might have come across negative hearsay about vocational training, in that it’s fast and easy. On the contrary, Technical Education and Vocational Training, or TEVT, can be just as arduous as academic education. Not only that, it represents a great path for students who know exactly what they want to do early on.
Vocational training is admissible at the school level, at technical and vocational institutes, offering pretty much the same core subjects as academic schools, but with the addition of compulsory vocational subjects like home economics, engineering trades and agriculture. Upon completion, graduates obtain not only the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate, but also the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) accreditation, which can be used for job-hunting based on the skills adopted. At the post-secondary level, should graduates choose to continue pursuing an education, they then have the choice of enrolling in tertiary vocational learning institutes. Over the years, because of the Malaysian government’s efforts to build a skilled workforce, accreditations of TEVT courses have been gaining recognition as more of these institutes and courses are being acknowledged in the private sector.
If you are seriously considering pursuing TVET in your course of education, you might be interested to know that the Malaysian government is stepping up on initiatives to expand this area, due to its contribution towards our country’s human resource development and overall economy. In 2013, more than 100,000 students including those with above-average grades applied to enter vocational colleges, exceeding the 21,000 places available. Malaysia aims to increase its skilled workforce to 50% by the year 2020 through promoting TEVT. Today, it is no surprise that the number of institutions offering vocational courses are increasing as the government nurtures this field of education. Let’s explore the types of courses available in TEVT.
Automotive and Engineering
Are cars and metal parts your kind of thing? Courses in this area include arc and gas welding, automotive training, ceramic technology, foundry (metal casting) technology, industrial automation, industrial instrumentation, industrial mechanics, metal fabrication and mould-making. Automotive and engineering courses teach students how to diagnose, repair, and maintain components of an automotive equipment or vehicle. A big part of many of the courses mentioned involves welding and the assembly of metal parts through specialised skills and precision. Hence, students will be trained to have good hand-eye coordination along with visual-spatial skills. Students will also learn to study and understand welding drawings as well as the nature and components of the different types of materials they will be working with in the future.
Technical and Technological
Do you idolise Bill Gates and Steve Jobs? This area covers Chargemen-Low Voltage, CNC machining, computer technology for system networking, electrician works, refrigeration and air conditioning, general machining, industrial electronics, pre-printing and printing technology for graphics, software technology, programming and telecommunication courses. Technical and technological training teaches students how to operate specific machine acts and systems. For example, those who chooses to take a training course in printing technology will learn about desktop publishing, various printing processes and how to operate other relevant machines such as scanners, duplicators, and press operators.
Were you obsessed with Lego as a child? Courses grouped under building training are Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) architecture and construction technology. CADD is a software that drafters use in their line of work to draft architectural designs and layouts of buildings. They are also known as semi-professional architects. Thus, taking a course in CADD architecture prepares students to work in the building industry by preparing the layout and display of how a building would be constructed. Those studying construction technology, on the other hand, will learn how to draft building plans and prepare sites before construction. Many of those who study construction technology become sub-contractors in plumbing and roofing.
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