Prior to this post, I have written at least 3 entries about TVET in Malaysia. The first entry was about its framework in comparison to other ASEAN countries, the second entry was about Malaysian TVET Landscape, and the third entry was about the ministerial conflict in managing TVET in comparison to other major World players. For this entry, I am going to write on the most crucial resources and asset in the area of TVET, i.e. human capital and a system that register its details called eProfiling.
EProfiling is an online system located at the URL of http://eprofiling.ciast.gov.my/ . It was built and governed by one of the renowned TVET institution known as Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST). CIAST has her historical timeline that it has been the leading institution in the area of Capacity Building and Train-of-Trainers. This is not only for the institutions in Malaysia but also internationally recognised especially to those countries participated with JICA’s Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) and Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) managed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (prior to this, it was managed by Economic Planning Unit (EPU)).
The training approaches came in many range, and were known in many names, e.g. (i) Pedagogy, (ii) Andragogy (for adult learning), (iii) Cert IV (Australian method), (iv) Train-the-Trainer (TTT), … and many more. All with the same aim of certifying the teachers or trainers to be able to deliver training and conduct teaching for their subject matter. All to accredit the instructors that they have the ability to teach and train others in accordance to their area of expertise.
But with vast training institutions and high volume of training providers, it is crucial to administer and register the details of the trainers to a centralised system. This is what the initiative that has taken by CIAST. Having more than 18 agencies to participate in this system to date and to target for about more 30,000 registered instructors by the year 2020. It is certainly contributing to the big data of the instructors and require meticulous management on the system. Hence, continuous research should also complement it.
Due to this fact, I have taken the step to find the opportunity to do presentation on this system abroad. And I feel honoured that one of the international conferences on academic and education development forum had accepted our request to join their serial journal publication. It will be in March this year in Tokyo, Japan. But in preparation to that conference, I am writing this post to introduce to the readers on the overview of this system.
This system is to leverage the following items:
(i) There would be a centralised system that register and contain the details of all available technical and vocational trainers in this country (Malaysia).
(ii) There is a centralised system for searching the instructors with specific abilities and competencies that they do not limit their teaching delivery within their own institutions rather it can be shared and borrowed.
(iii) Transfer of Technology. Transfer of Knowledge and Expertise. Whence there is one a centre that creates pool of details for skilled teachers, it would be easier to find required master trainers to train others from the same discipline too.
(iv) Providing the instructors with the right Industrial Training Attachment. Once, the system was able to identify the instructor’s ability, competencies and industrial sectors that they are capable, upgrading their skills should be simplified to the areas within the gap and within their specific discipline and specialisation.
(v) Further research on training methodology, skill upgrading, technical ability requirements and technology updates should be able to be identified from this system. It is through these researches that TVET training is hoped to be aligned with the latest industry analysis and market needs.
It is a commendable system indeed to have the pool of trainers registered at one server. Agencies from different ministries including Ministry of Human Resources, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Home Affairs, … and most of TVET and skill training centres in this country has participated in providing their resources and human capital strengths.
It is with the hope that through this strengths that we are able to build better nation, with better people, community and better socio-economic development.