Polytechnics in Malaysia are capable of producing highly skilled workers demanded by the industries.

This is based on the graduate employability rate of polytechnics of 94.5% in 2017, a significant increase from 2013 at 73.9%.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh attributed the success to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 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,” Idris said.

A total of 36 polytechnics in the country were expected to produce skilled workers, technocrats and technopreneurs to fulfil the needs of skilled employees in industries.

In fact, the average marketability rate of TVET graduates is higher than the regular academic higher learning institutions.

In 2015, Idris had said that TVET would be the ‘premier’ educational pathway, as demand for skilled workers was high.

He cited a study which predicted that there would be 50 million available jobs in high-skilled sectors, requiring a high level of expertise which TVET was able to provide.

To date, many Polytechnic graduates have worked in the industries, in mega-projects like Pan-Borneo Highway, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), High-Speed Rail (HSR) and East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).