Graduate employability in Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has increased from 75% in 2013 to 91.4% in 2017.
This incline proves that graduates from technical universities (UTeM, UTHM, UMP, UniMAP), Polytechnics and Community Colleges are able to fulfill the industry’s needs.
Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has been working closely with the industry key players to enhance TVET offerings in Malaysia.
He had said more youths and parents were interested in the education routes provided by polytechnics.
“Previously, polytechnics were undermined and considered as a second-rate education but this perception is changing.
“This is mainly because polytechnics focus on TVET and all students have to undergo industry training,” he said.
There are several TVET graduates who have made notable contributions to the country.
One of them is Dayang Nurashreen Muneera Awg Mahmud, a Polytechnic graduate in Civil Engineering Technology who is a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Engineer for Trans Resources Corporation Bhd.
She was part of a team who worked on multi-billion ringgit projects like Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Pan-Borneo Highway.