The orientation of TVET towards high technology and hybrid skills, particularly on the field of automotive servicing, is crucial in today’s workforce. It forges interest in the sector and promotes the development of important skills that is necessary in addressing globalization and integration of economies.
Such is the realization of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) which, in collaboration with the Malaysian Technical Education Program (MTCP), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia (MFA) and the Center for Instructor and Advanced Skills Training (CIAST), organized Joint Training Program on Automotive (Vehicle Electrical, Engine Management System and Introduction to Hybrid Technology) Course. The program is being held at the CIAST Headquarters in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia from March 31 to April 17, 2015.
The main objectives of the course are: (1) To improve TVET trainers based on needs for the economic growth in MTCP-CPSC countries; (2) To share information and best practices, promote conducive collaboration and networking amongst Malaysian TVET trainers; and (3) To expose the participants on Malaysia's experience in strengthening the existing TVET implementation. At the end of the program, the participants will be granted an Automotive training certificate in which they are expected to: (1) service Body Electrical System, (2) service Electronic Fuel Injection system; and (3) handle Hybrid and High Voltage Vehicle Technology System, hazard and safety requirements. Country reports, action plans and summary reports are also required to be submitted by the country representatives to assist in gauging their knowledge about the course requirements and demands.
The program involved the participation of a total of 15 automotive instructors, lecturers and enthusiasts from the CPSC Member countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Mr. Vergel dela Paz, CPSC Human Resources Officer, was also present in the program to assist program preparations. An inauguration ceremony was held at the Serunai Hall, Grand BlueWave Hotel, Section 14, Sha Alam, Selangor on March 31, 2015 which was attended by several high-profile guests including Dr. Mohammad Naim bin Yaakub, Director General of CPSC; Mr. Suimi bin Abd. Majid, the Director of CIAST, Department of Skills Development and Mr. Beh Ching Chye, the Principal Assistance Secretary, International Cooperation and Development Division, Department of Multilateral Affairs.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Naim cited the objectives of the Staff College to “improve the quality of technician education and training in the Colombo Plan region by meeting the need for technician education of teacher educators and trainers and senior staff in the field who can play a more active part in in-service training and staff development programs.” He cited his advocacy on bringing tangible and realizable benefits to CPSC member countries through strengthening partnership among partner governments with sights on incorporating the latest technological advancements in the industry and manufacturing sector in addressing pressing global issues such as sustainable development, globalization and poverty alleviation. Dr. Naim also encouraged the participants to “bring a positive change” and disseminate and use the skills gained in this program for the improvement and development of their respective TVET endeavors in their home countries.
CIAST, a forefront institute in the Ministry of Human Resources, is considered as one of the leading organizations in development and enhancement trainers of skill training in Malaysia. It conducts various courses for participants from other vocational training institutes, domestic industries and international countries and this has been a tradition with the Ministry where human resources are the biggest and most important asset. It also offers courses in instructor training, supervisory training and advanced skill training for skills instructors, industrial supervisors and coaches and industrial skilled workers from the private and public sectors as well as international level.
Mr. Beh in his opening remarks, warmly welcomed, Dr. Naim, CPSC Director General, Mr. Suimi, CIAST Director, the participants from CPSC member countries and CIAST Trainer. He also invited the participants to take the opportunity to build a stronger networking relationship upon themselves and encourage them to bring home with them the knowledge, skills, learning and experiences gained during the three-weeks training program. He also expressed MFA’s appreciation to CIAST excellent preparation of the program.
Mr. Suimi on behalf of CIAST, in his welcome remarks expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through Malaysia Technical Cooperation Program for making CIAST as partner for conducting technical training for international participants. He said through continuous support and assistance CIAST was able to share their expertise and experience in Malaysia and to other countries. He also informed that the group was the second batch of international participants who will have the opportunity to use and be trained in their newly refurbished electrical and hybrid automotive laboratory. Mr. Suimi encouraged the participants to actively participate in all session, lectures and interact with each other. He also hoped that the collaboration with CPSC will be extended in the future not only in the field of automotive but also to cover other technical vocational education and training fields. He further invited the participants to explore Malaysia and interact with locals to enrich their knowledge and understanding about Malaysia. Lastly, he hoped that all participants will benefit from this program and will bring back home the skills and knowledge that can be used and imparted with their fellow countrymen.