| Danial Norjidi |
A REGIONAL training programme on ‘Integrating Entrepreneurial Skills in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Curriculum’ concluded at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (Voctech) yesterday.
The 12-day training programme was attended by 24 participants from 10 ASEAN member countries. The participants were presented with certificates by the CEO of Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) and founding director of SEAMEO Voctech Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil, the guest of honour, to mark their completion of the programme.
In her report, course coordinator Noorhayati Cynthia Abdullah shared that the participants were expected to produce individual action plans and group learning outputs geared towards developing the entrepreneurial skills of students in relevant areas or units of study.
Held from June 24 to July 4, the training programme saw participants being introduced to an overview and concept of entrepreneurship through group work, brainstorming and critiquing sessions. Participants also presented country reports on best practices and partook in lecture, demonstration, application and video sessions on selected pedagogies in entrepreneurship teaching.
A highlight of the programme was a half-day forum on ‘Entrepreneurship Skills & Strategies: Pathways for the Future’, which featured five invited speakers sharing their expertise and insights on entrepreneurial skills development.
There were also a number of modules and hands-on activities on the entrepreneurial process, such as Generating Ideas, Recognising Opportunities and Market Study; Business Concept Development – Product/Service Development; Identifying and Acquiring Resources for Business Start-up; Operating the Business and Utilising Resources; and Deciding on the Prospects of the Business.
Participants also had the opportunity to go on educational visits to various entrepreneurial skills-related institutions and companies.
“TVET institutions are expected to teach and equip current and specialised skills to students, with the intention to prepare them for employment and serve the industry or becoming self-employed,” Acting Centre Director of SEAMEO Voctech Hajah Noorzainab binti Haji Abdulladi said at the closing ceremony.
“It is for this reason that integrating entrepreneurial skills in curriculum development has become an increasingly imperative aspect of the TVET systems.
“The challenge to TVET institutions is to develop a system that best matches industrial requirements. One that requires employers, education institutions and training providers together with the society to move in tandem with openness in viewing the world and our society through new lenses,” Hajah Noorzainab said.
“It is an important shift which will determine our economic prospects as well as the drift of the world we live in.
“With these acquired skills, you [the participants] can go back to your countries and be able to develop action plans based on what you have learnt which can then be implemented in your TVET institutions.”