Empowering Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) To A Higher Level

Published by Amirul Sanusi @ 12/11/2018

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Image and Cosmetology Industry Organization (IICI) with the Skills Development Department (JPK), Ministry of Human Resources (KSM), signed on 8 November 2018 is an extension of the collaboration that was incorporated in 2007 encompassing the Image and Cosmetology Industry. During the collaboration period, 2,173 trainees have completed training in the scope of Hair Styling. Of the total, 2,010 trainees were produced by the National Dual Training Scheme (SLDN) and SKM Certificate (1, 2, 3) conducted at SCCA (Snips College of Creative Arts) at Plaza Sungei Wang, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

JPK is represented by Ybrs. Dr Mohd Rashid bin Buyong Hamzah, Deputy Director General (Operation) of the Skills Development Department (JPK) while IICI was represented by IICI President, YBhg. Dato’ Mike Loh Ming Choon.

The government's intention is to empower the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to a higher level. TVET has a very important role in helping our efforts to become a high income nation. The economic strength of the nation is closely related to the existence of highly educated and well-trained technical personnel, especially through TVET.  

It is anticipated that with this partnership the Malaysian Certificate of Competency (SKM) will be recognized by the industry by giving priority to prospective candidates who have the relevant SKM to work in the cosmetology sector. In addition, it is IICI’s intention to expand and promote SPKM internationally.

The Government is committed in continuous efforts to enhance TVET products that meet today's needs and the industry needs in line with current technology circle. Efforts should be taken further to ensure that TVET's output not only fulfils the expectations of employers but goes beyond the expectations in which TVET products are able to create more new job opportunities and drive the country's economic growth.

Pillars of Memorandum include:

1) Promoting Malaysia Skills Certification System (SPKM) locally as well as outside the country;

2) Identify Malaysian Skills Certificate holders, Skills Diploma and Advanced Malaysian Skills Diploma for registration of IICI membership;

3) Implementation of Malaysia Skills Certification System through Acknowledgement of Prior Industry Achievements subject to the current conditions and regulations set by the Government;

4) Provide expertise in the process of developing NOSS in the field of Cosmetology according to the current conditions and regulations set by the Government;

5)  Any scope of cooperation in relation to Human Capital development in Cosmetology which will be mutually agreed with the Joint Management Committee from time to time.

L-R Tuan Haji Shamsudin bin Jamil, Director of Strategic Cooperation Division, Dr Mohd Rashid bin Buyong Hamzah, Deputy Director General (Development), Department of Skills Development, MOHR, Dato' Mike Loh, IICI President and En. Muazzam Mochtar, representing the Ministry of Human Resources