500 Sabah TVET Trainees to Receive Technical Training in China

Malaysia to send 500 Sabah youths to China for TVET training, part of 2,000 scholarships offered by China, to meet demand for skilled workers and support investments in Sabah.

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500 Sabah TVET Trainees to Receive Technical Training in China

500 Sabah TVET Trainees to Receive Technical Training in China

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that 500 TVET (technical and vocational education and training) trainees from Sabah, Malaysia will be sent to China for technical and vocational training this year. This opportunity is part of 2,000 scholarships offered by the Chinese government.

Zahid, who also serves as the Minister of Rural and Regional Development and chairman of the TVET council, stated that the scholarships aim to expose more young people in Sabah to TVET programs. The goal is to meet the demand for skilled manpower from foreign and domestic investors in the country, especially as Sabah received RM11.34 billion in investments last year.

"This is to ensure that young people in Sabah are trained and given jobs based on high technology," Zahid said. He emphasized the need for skilled workers to support the investments in Sabah and provide employment opportunities in high-tech fields for the local population.

Why this matters: The training of 500 TVET trainees from Sabah in China represents a significant investment in the development of skilled manpower in Malaysia. This initiative aims to address the growing demand for a technologically proficient workforce, which is essential for attracting and supporting foreign and domestic investments in the country.

Zahid also highlighted the role of Giatmara, TVET institution, in implementing the agenda of upskilling the young generation. Currently, there are 1,345 TVET institutes in Malaysia. Majlis Amanah Rakyat, under Zahid's ministry, has appointed Umno division chiefs and representatives to serve as coordinators in bringing youngsters to join the TVET programs.

"The scholarships are aimed at exposing more young people in Sabah to TVET programs to meet the demand for skilled manpower from foreign or domestic investors in the country," Zahid reiterated. He stressed the importance of equipping the youth in Sabah with the necessary technical skills to capitalize on the investment opportunities in the state and secure high-tech jobs.

Key Takeaways

  • 500 TVET trainees from Sabah to be sent to China for technical training.
  • Part of 2,000 scholarships offered by the Chinese government.
  • Aim to meet demand for skilled workers from foreign and domestic investors in Malaysia.
  • Giatmara TVET institution to implement upskilling agenda for young generation.
  • Umno division chiefs appointed as coordinators to bring youngsters to TVET programs.