Strategies identified for TVET development

Representatives from the Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Brunei discussed on collaborative development on improving the quality of technical and vocational education at the 5th High Official Meeting of Southeast Asia Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SEA-TVET) held at The Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong recently.

According to a press statement, strategies were identified at the meeting towards achieving the aim to improve the quality of TVET. These would help Southeast Asian countries to raise the competitiveness of member countries for Industry 4.0 and to strengthen cooperation among different agencies, ministries and departments.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, in her capacity as the President of PUJA, presented a paper that touched on the formation of ASEAN Future Workforce Council (AFWC) as a Joint Business Council under ASEAN-BAC which was fully endorsed by ABAC last week at the 14th JBC Meeting in Bangkok.

The function of the AFWC are: To work with relevant ASEAN bodies on how to develop and implement future skills strategies, policies and workplans that are in line with the needs of business and industry; to strengthen businesses and industry cooperation in TVET and future skills development in AMS; and to serve as partner of business and industry regarding the impact of the Industry Revolution 4.0 and digitalisation on ASEAN education systems and labour markets.

The second paper titled Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET paper was presented by a council member of PUJA Bahrin bin Haji Mohammad, who is also a member of the Regional Working Group ‘Business & Industry Cooperation in TVET’ comprising 20 representatives from chambers, associations and companies from all ASEAN member states.

The paper discussed on the challenges and solutions to strengthen business and industry cooperation in TVET and how to make TVET in the ASEAN region fit for the future. It outlined nine focus areas which are at the heart of the Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET namely – Enhancing the relevance and quality of TVET regulations and strategies; establishing public-private models for skill standard development and assessments; strengthening the leadership of business membership organisations in TVET; rebranding TVET; mobilising companies to engage in TVET; ensuring sufficient funding for TVET; improving the quality of training delivery; deepening the collaboration of TVET schools with business and industry; and intensifying research on TVET and future skills needs.

Other participants include leaders of vocational education of Southeast Asia, regional representatives from Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) and Director of SEAMEO Secretariat representing ASEAN member states and Timor Leste.