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Why you should pursue a TVET education

by StudyMalaysia.com on October 10, 2016 | Top Stories

Why you should pursue a TVET education - StudyMalaysia.com

Are you pretty sure of the career you want? Do you prefer to learn by doing? Are you keen on entering the workforce as soon as you can? TVET courses could be what you're looking for!

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) includes formal, non-formal and informal learning that prepare young people with the knowledge and skills required in the world of work.

How do I know if a TVET education is for me?

  • You prefer to learn by doing. You respond to more hands-on learning rather than classroom learning.
  • You already have a specific career (or at least a specific career field) in mind.
  • You want to start work as soon as you can.
  • You want to learn practical skills in a real world environment.
  • You need a flexible option where you can work while you study.

TVET qualifications play a vital role in the country's economy by equipping the workforce with knowledge and skills from basic to advanced levels in various economic sectors. As a student, pursuing a TVET qualification enables you to acquire real skills that you will be able to build on with further training or take with you into a job. Here are some more reasons why TVET qualifications could be an option for you:

A job-ready option with hands-on experience

TVET qualifications equip you with specific skills that you need at the workplace. You will have hands-on practical experience that will prepare you for the challenges and opportunities you may face at work. This will also help build your confidence. You will be job-ready when you are qualified in the sector you have been trained in.

High demand by industry

The growing economy in the country and within the region requires workers who are skilled at various levels. Although you may start as a low-medium skilled worker, you can gradually build on your experience and with further training, become a highly-skilled worker in an industry that has high employability rates.

Become better at what you are good at

You may already know what area or field interests you and would rather avoid an academic pathway. Perhaps you'd like a career in auto repair or could hospitality be your dream job? By getting a TVET qualification, you can go right into the field you're interested in. Also, the qualification shows employers that you have been certified to do the job.

Affordable, flexible and shorter duration

Skills qualifications require a shorter time to complete compared to conventional academic pathways. Ranging from 3-24 months, the shorter duration means that students are more likely to complete the course. In addition, some of these courses allow students to work and study, making it an affordable and flexible option.

Financial aid

If you are looking for funding for skills qualifications, you can apply for a PTPK study loan provided by the Ministry of Human Resources or explore apprenticeship schemes that are offered from time to time. Do check with the various skills qualifications providers on what is available.

Examples of TVET career fields
Agriculture Graphic Arts
Animal Science Health Occupations
Auto Body Repair Horticulture and Landscape Design
Automotive Service Technology Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
Aviation & Aerospace Journalism
Broadcast Media Machining
Business Manufacturing
Carpentry and Construction Masonry
Child Care and Education Painting and Repair
Computer Information Performing Arts
Cosmetology Photography & Film
Criminal and Legal Plumbing
Culinary Arts Printing
Electrical Occupations Protection and Investigation
Electronics Security and Risk Management
Energy and Power Telecommunications
Engine Technology Transportation
Engineering, Math and Science Visual Arts
Entrepreneurship Welding and Metal Arts
Food Science  
Examples of TVET occupations
Appliance Repairer Burglar/Fire Alarm Installer
Baker/Pastry Artist Carpenter
Barber/Hair Stylist Carpet Installer
Brick Mason Cook/Chef
Cosmetologist Dental Hygienist
Court Reporter Drafter
Electrician Plumber
Esthetician Power Plant Operator
Fire Fighters Printing Press Operator
Floor Layer Real Estate Appraiser
Horticulture Specialist Solar Energy Installer
Hospitality/Tourism Specialist Sound Engineering Technician
Industrial Designer Stone Mason
Interior Decorator Surveyor
Inventory Analyst Travel Agent
Landscape Designer Tool/Die Maker
Locksmith Tour Guide
Machinist Veterinary Technician
Mechanic Water Treatment Operator
Medical Assistant Web Designer
Nail Technician Welder
Paralegal X-Ray Technician

Source: Education Guide Malaysia (14th edition)

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