By Philip Wong
SIBU: The government is working on the possibility of introducing action learning
programmes in both colleges and higher learning institutions in the country.
Deputy Minister for Education Datuk Ong Tee Keat admitted it was quite a heavy task
as it could involve the creation of sufficient places for the trainees.
“However, our immediate priority now is to create an understanding among the people
on what action learning programme is all about before we can successfully implement
it,” he added.
Ong was speaking to reporters during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) between Times Skill development Academy (TSDA) and Value Hospitality (VH)
Group of Hotels.
TSDA was represented by its business development director, Yong Yaw Wee, while Manshor
Yusuf represented VH.
Ong disclosed that currently, several big corporate entities had already conducted
their own in-house programmes for the course.
Ong said the programme put strong emphasis on three elements – sharing with others
what you have learned, sharing your experience with others and always getting a
certification for what you learn.
“These are the three basic vital elements that make up action learning programme.
Master it and I am optimistic that you can be a good future trainer yourself,” he
Ong said students who embarked on this programme can enhance their competitiveness
in the job market and always stood a better chance to grab the jobs. When the programme
was first introduced last year, Ong admitted that he himself was quite puzzled as
to what the programme was about.
“It took a while for me to adjust myself to the programme and now, after careful
observation, I feel that the programme is indeed a good pointer that will bring
about tremendous changes in the landscape of higher education in the country.”
Ong reiterated that the government was always committed to make the country the
regional hub for higher studies.
“That’s why we want to get more international students, hoping that it will not
only make us the regional hub for higher studies but also help the country to rake
in higher revenue.”
Earlier on, Mansur, in his brief introduction of VH, said the group specialized
in hotel and leisure property management.
It currently manages more than nine such properties in various locations throughout
Malaysia with most of them consisting of hotels rated from two to five stars.
VH currently has its own branding, Everly and Prescott Hotels in which it denotes
the various categories of hotel ratings.
“With its aggressive growth programme, VH envisages that a comprehensive ‘On Going
People Development Programme’ is required for all levels of its employees.”
TSDA, Yong said, is a specialist in Business Solution Systems through its action
“We develop people to manage themselves and in turn achieve holistic organization
goals. TSDA is also into certification and accrediting as it is currently one of
the certified centers in Malaysia for the various programmes by professional skill
bodies in the United Kingdom.”
Meanwhile, Bernama reported Ong as having said that more and more Malaysian technicians
are now beginning to be gainfully employed overseas.
He attributed this to their competence through the acquisition of internationally
certified and recognized training courses.
He said this was a definite plus for the country as it meant it could keep abreast
with changes in the globalised world and stay competitive.
Rimbunan Hijau Group’s Technical Training Academy at Upper Lanang Road, among other
things, offers training in automative repair and electronics, repair of heavy machinery
and plantation machinery mechanics, which are certified by City and Guilds International.
Ong said that while the government had been setting up various skills training centers
under its ministries, the private sector could compliment the efforts by coming
up with their own initiatives.
“However, in such endeavour, it is very important that you have proper modules,
preferably with hands-on experience and other mechanisms. It is of course very important
as well that your endeavours are backed by some kind of international certification,”
he said, adding that the academy was a good start in providing an alternative pathway
in some form of vocational training for students who want to continue their higher-level