Recognizing the importance of training needs analysis (TNA) in identifying performance requirements to fulfill organizational mission, improve productivity, and provide quality services in TVET institutions in Malaysia, the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) in cooperation with the Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia organized an In-Country Program on Training Needs Analysis from June 6 to 10, 2011 at Primula Beach Resort, Terengganu, Malaysia.
Twenty-five participants attended the program to increase their knowledge on approaches, innovations, techniques or methods, best practices and models in TNA and be able to explore ways to adapt and apply their learning on TNA in their own organizations and institutions. The In-Country Program (ICP) also provided opportunity for the participants to: understand the need and importance of TNA in the TVET sector; identify the concerns, issues and challenges related to TNA in the context of Malaysia; comprehend techniques and process in identifying training needs; design training needs assessment instruments; develop and evaluate training program based on training needs; and prepare an action plan for TNA project in TVET system.
Key Resource Speakers for the program include Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Faculty Specialist; Prof. TJ Tesoro-Gayondato who acted as Cyber Resource Person and Ms. Mona Balkish Mat Lajin, Principal Consultant, Prolead Consult, Malaysia.
During the program, a National Seminar on Building Skills for Employability: Trends and Perspectives was held on June 7, 2011.The half-day seminar was organized with the enthusiastic participation of 100 delegates composed of directors, lecturers, officers and officials from various polytechnics in Malaysia including Sultan Mizan, Zainal Abidin Polytechnic, Kuala Terengganu Polytechnic and from DPE.
Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Officer-in-Charge, CPSC and Engr. Md. Alam shared their insights on necessary skills for employability as resource persons, along with other Malaysian academicians. Prof. Khambayat expounded on the role of education in empowering people to address poverty and inequality. He emphasized the necessary skills to be prioritized and improved, namely modular employability skills, ICT skills, social entrepreneurship skills and generic skills. On the other hand, Engr. Alam emphasized the importance of generic skills for employability and the growing need for generic skills instruction as a component in the TVET skills curriculum for enhancing employability of TVET graduates.
Other invited resource speakers of the seminar, Prof. Dr. Tengku Mohd T. Sembok, Faculty, University Kebangsaan, Malaysia and Mr. Tung Chee Kuan, Director, Banting Polytechnic, Malaysia discussed “Enlarging ICT Skills for Employability” and “Emerging Challenges and Innovative Approaches in Skills for Employability in Malaysia,” respectively.
The one-week program was inaugurated by Hon. Mejar (K) Haji Md. Nor bin Yusof, Director General, DPE. In his opening remarks, he emphasized the need to focus on TNA to assist Malaysian institutions in analyzing gaps in performance, in preparing for the emergence of new systems and technologies and in implementing desired changes effectively in organizations. He challenged participants to share the knowledge gained from the program and conduct effective TNA in their respective institutions to facilitate appropriate improvements in various TVET institutions.
The honorable Datuk Ab. Rahim Bin Md. Noor, Secretary General, MOHE, Malaysia graced the program’s closing ceremonies and acknowledged the cooperation between CPSC and DPE in conducting a very significant and timely program on training needs analysis. He said that such programs will definitely bring beneficial impact to the country.
Other distinguished guests, government officials and program organizers graced the opening and closing ceremonies of the program including Dr. Haji Mohammed Naim bin Yaakub, CPSC Director General-designate, and Datuk Hj. Mokhlis Bin Jaafar, Deputy Director General, DPE.