Two vocational colleges selected for IBM's P-Tech programme

Last update: 19/11/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 -- The Sepang Vocational College and the Sungai Buloh Vocational College have been selected to take part in the IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early Collage High Schools (P-Tech) programme pilot project.

The collaborative programme between IBM Malaysia, the Education Ministry and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), is aimed at ensuring better connectivity between high schools, universities, and the industry in a move to develop stronger academic, technical and work-ready skills among Malaysian youths.

Deputy Youth and Sport Minister Steven Sim witnessed the exchange of documents ceremony for the programme between Education Ministry deputy secretary-general (Strategic Planning) Datuk Kamel Mohamed and IBM Malaysia managing director Catherine Lian today here.

For a start, about 60 students from both colleges will be participating in the programme to be kicked off next year with IBM and MDEC as strategic partners.

Meanwhile IBM chairman and chief executive officer for Asia Pacific Harriet Green said that there was an urgent need for technical skills in many countries, and P-Tech was very much in line with the needs of Malaysian employers.

“This partnership will create new learning pathways directly to new collar job and help students better understand the connection between their coursework, field experience and the workplace,” he said.

The programme which was established in 2011 by IBM in partnership with educators, has been introduced in 24 countries including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand.