Education plays a vital role in sustainable development. In Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), there is a need to increase the capacity of TVET to address the gap in skills and education. The World TVET Conference 2015 with the theme "Quantum Leap: Transformation and Globalization of Technical Vocational Education and Training – Living Skills in the 21st Century" organized by the Sarawak Skills Development Centre in Borneo Convention Center, Kuching, Malaysia in collaboration with International Vocational Education and Training Association ( IVETA - USA) and other partners held during August 25 – August 27, 2015 paved way to different TVET institutions and individuals such as decision makers, leaders and principals to gather and to talk about the issues concerning TVET in sustainable development. Topics revolved around the following issues: Government and Policy, Industry Partnership, Training Center Programmes, Leadership and Innovation.
The World TVET Conference started with an official launching ceremony programme on August 25, 2015. Some of the notable persons in attendance during the launching were Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Sarawak Skills Development Centre Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain; International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) President Ms. Carmel Thompson; and Her Excellency Vicki Treadell CMG MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia.
Upon the invitation by PPKS, Malaysia & IVETA, USA, Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Officer-in-Charge, CPSC and APACC, participated in the conference and presented the paper, titled Quality Assurance through APACC in TVET Systems. He encouraged all participating institutions to apply for APACC Accreditation wherein he shared about the history of APACC, application process and on-site visits conducted. He also joined the panel in the Work-based Learning in International Context-Sharing Experience workshop session in the conference. In this workshop session, work skills are further evaluated to respond to the changing needs and to prepare workers in the TVET sector.
During the conference, Former Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakubalso presented the paper, titled A Common Accreditation Framework for Regional Integration and Globalisation wherein he talked about the mechanism of the workshop sessions under Government and Policy in which topics such as setting up of a government, ministry or department of the Asia Pacific unit to promote TVET and government incentives for TVET were tackled.
Some of the participating institutions in the World TVET Conference 2015 include the following: Ministry of Human Resources from Malaysia, University of Bremen from Germany, Centre for Vocational Education and Training Studies from Russia, University of Primorska, Slovenia University of Helsinki from and Sequoia Union High School from USA.