Germany launched the “Skills Experts” programme in six countries, including Malaysia, in January 2017, offering incentives such as funding and personnel. Two years down the road, the gains achieved have allowed Malaysia's TVET team to soar independently.
By Nina Ti | 25.02.2019
In Germany, companies successfully secure the skills they need for the future in the context of the dual vocational training system. In contrast, many countries worldwide build on vocational training models in schools and universities.
In Malaysia, the TVET ecosystem is much the same. Interest from private and public sector is noticeably coalescing, with many integrated partnerships forming between academia and industry. Already, efforts are being made at high levels to push for improvements in the current vocational system, including Putrajaya's allocation of RM 4.9 billion in 2018 for the TVET Master Plan.
There is an undersupply in 10 out of 12 key economic areas, while only 70 percent of vacancies in TVET are being filled up. Against this background, many German firms operating in Malaysia are taking early steps to lessen difficulties in recruiting a sufficient number of qualified young staff. A number of these steps include working closely with German Dual Vocational Training Department at the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) to create a stable talent pool.
Training workers in line with German standards
Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched the “Skills Experts” programme so that German companies operating abroad can train the local workers they need in line with the dual vocational training system. The programme helps in particular small and medium-sized enterprises abroad to train local workers with intermediate-level qualifications in the context of needs-based practical training.
“Skill-based education isn’t just a side option anymore. It is a requisite and need of the companies to upgrade its taskforce skill sets to address the growing gap between the workforce and the employment opportunities,” said Sinem Oezerdem, the Skills Expert at MGCC.
Skills experts like Oezerdem are usually based at bilateral chambers of industry and commerce, helping them to establish vocational training activities that meet the needs of German companies. The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) as programme partner guarantees standards in the field of vocational training that are recognised worldwide and their certification in line with the German system.
An Experienced Touch
Since the mid of the year 2017, MGCC (known in Germany as AHK Malaysia) has implemented a “Skills Expert” project with the primary goal to establish sustainable structures in the examination and certification processes to ensure a high quality of the dual vocational training in the country.
The “Skills Expert” Project has successfully ended in December 2018 and Oezerdem became a part of the GDVT team of the Malaysian-German Chamber in a new role as Examination Coordinator. In her new function she will train local examiner and assist with knowledge transfer in regards to examination organisation and coordination.
The project, which is conducted by an experienced German skilled expert and local skills experts, will also initiate new dual training programs, new job descriptions and analyse demand with the companies. Over the next years, the team will develop and expand not only dual training programs in fields such as mechatronics, business management, freight forwarding and logistics services, and supply management but also further training programs such as the German Meister (Bachelor Professional (CCI)) and the Industry 4.0 Specialist (CCI). These are areas that have been identified as needing skilled labour force.
According to Oezerdem, the target groups in Malaysia are local companies, customers of German companies and German companies that produce, sell and maintain their machinery and other products in Malaysia.
Building a strong team
The establishment of active, local networks is indispensable for practical vocational training. Therefore, MGCC, like other bilateral chambers of industry and commerce around the world, are serving as an important bridge for German firms, companies in the partner countries and national training providers.
Owing to their close link with the chambers in Germany, which are responsible for vocational training pursuant to the Vocational Training Act and the Crafts Code, they are able to offer needs-based, high-quality vocational training services – in line with the German dual vocational training system.
In the medium term, MGCC’s aim is to broaden its portfolio of services, and spearhead a robust framework of controls and tools in the field of initial and further vocational training.
Read more about German Dual Vocational Training HERE.