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Skills mismatch a problem in Malaysia, expert says

MALAYSIA: The president of the Malaysian Employers Federation Syed Hussain Syed Husman said that skills mismatch remains a problem in Malaysia, where graduates with degrees do not have enough expertise to work within their industries.

"The next government needs to focus and improve on the relevance of skills development and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) systems through industry-led learning models, including the establishment of sector-specific skills councils and the adoption of apprenticeship programmes by relevant industries,” Syed Hussain said.

Speaking to the New Strait Times, he said that there is also a need to further enhance TVET among school leavers as the program helps prepare students with specific skills for a specific job.

“This makes them more employable, as they are equipped with the right skills, giving TVET graduates an advantage in the job market compared with fresh academic graduates," he added.

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