SKM Malaysia & TVET: Technical Education for Increased Employability

There are many career paths you can embark on but it all boils down to factors such as your skillset, passion or your long-term goals. While there are many choices out there, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs are gaining popularity. 

In fact, TVET graduates are said to have an upper hand in securing jobs within a specific industry, compared to fresh college graduates. They are also in high demand because they have specific skills that employers are looking for. 

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TVET offers both classroom education (theory), and hands-on practical job training (technical) to fully equip them for a specific skill such as becoming a motor vehicle inspector. So, let’s dive deeper into this. 

What is TVET?

TVET is a training program that equips you with technical and vocational education to prepare you for a specific skill, within a specific industry – you may know it as ‘vocational training’ or ‘apprenticeship’, among other names. 

Previously, TVET carried the misconception that it was for those who are less outstanding in academics but these days, TVET graduates are attracting more employers because of the mismatch in skills within the industry when it comes to employability. The TVET program aims to provide valuable, practical knowledge and skills to increase their potential in attracting job opportunities.

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Besides that, TVET is also part of the Vocational Education Transformation Plan which aims to make Malaysia a high-income nation. TVET programs are offered at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate levels in Malaysia, which are offered by various colleges or agencies – these certificates are recognized by several bodies including the Malaysian Quality Accreditation (MQA) and Department of Skills Development (JPK)

In Malaysia, there are two routes to enter a TVET program – with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or by enrolling into a TVET academy. With this, SPM graduates have a choice of furthering their studies with a Certificate or Diploma in a highly skilled TVET program. This is also a common route for students who are less academically-inclined. 

However, teenagers outside the education system without an SPM certificate but aged at least 15 years old can opt for a National Certificate and Dual Training System (NDTS) – this is also known as Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional (SLDN). NDTS or SLDN are offered at public or private training centers (PLK) where they can enroll and also earn a Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) certificate. 

What is NDTS (SLDN)? 

NDTS is a dual training system that utilizes workplace and institutional training, specifically aimed to provide opportunities for those without an SPM certificate. This concept follows Germany’s industry-oriented training concept, where they aim to provide a skilled workforce to meet the requirements. 

For example, if you are keen on a career in the automotive industry, courses such as CARSOME Academy’s Roadworthiness Course provides students, or school leavers aged 15 years old and above, with specific all-rounded training to be a certified motor vehicle inspector. 

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NDTS consists of between 70 and 80 percent of practical training (performance), with 20 to 30 percent of theoretical learning (knowledge). 

Graduates from the NDTS program are presented with either one of the following:

  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Tahap 1, 2, 3;
  • Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM); or
  • Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (DLKM). 

Earn a SKM Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Inspection Certificate with CARSOME Academy

CARSOME Academy is a NDTS, or SLDN training center which is accredited by JPK under the Ministry of Human Resources. The Academy offers great opportunities for those interested in the automotive industry, specifically in motor vehicle inspection.

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CARSOME Academy graduates are awarded the SKM Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Inspection, a certification recognized by Malaysian technical industries.

Currently, there are two programs  the Motor Vehicle Inspection (Roadworthiness) course, and the Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (PPT). However, both of these two courses are awarded with the same SKM Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Inspection. 

What is the Difference Between the Roadworthiness Course & the PPT Program?

There are two main factors that make each of these CARSOME Academy offerings different – the requirement or course entry points, and the course duration. 

Motor Vehicle Inspection (Roadworthiness): a 12-month course that will increase employability

The roadworthiness course is open to those who have no experience in motor inspection or the automotive industry. Upon course completion, graduates have an increased chance of job placement in the industry as a motor vehicle inspector. 

This follows the NDTS or SLDN program with 30 percent theoretical lessons, followed by 70 percent industrial training at any CARSOME Inspection Center in Malaysia.

  • Course duration: 12 months (three months of theoretical lessons and nine months of hands-on training) 
  • Entry requirements: Malaysian citizens 15 years old and above

Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu (PPT): a fast-track course for experienced workers

CARSOME Academy is also an accredited Recognition for Prior Achievement (Pusat Pengiktirafan Pencapaian Terdahulu, PPT) test center that offers the Program Penilaian Amali (PPA). This is a fast-track program specifically for technical workers from automotive sectors who want to obtain the SKM Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Inspection certification. 

The PPT assessment method is for working individuals with no formal qualification but are able to demonstrate skills outlined in the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS).

  • Course duration: three coaching (practical) sessions and a one-day assessment 
  • Entry requirements: Malaysian citizens with a minimum of three years working in the automotive industry

So, whether you are without working experience, or have experience but are looking to solidify your motor inspection skills with a SKM certificate, CARSOME Academy is a road worth considering. To top it off, graduates of CARSOME Academy’s Roadworthiness course can kickstart their careers faster, since the training will empower them with higher employability.

Here are Some Other CARSOME Academy Must-knows 

Besides that, these are some additional facts that are worth noting if you are considering enrolling with CARSOME Academy. 

  • The Roadworthiness course is RM9,000, exclusive of a registration fee. 
  • CARSOME provides study loans with CARSOME Capital and there are installment plans available as well for self-paying students.
  • You are required to pay a RM500, non-refundable registration fee to enroll into a CARSOME Academy course.
  • CARSOME Academy provides accommodation with shared serviced apartments that are within walking distance to the academy for students. However, it is not compulsory for students to stay there. 

For more information, you can check out CARSOME Academy’s FAQs here

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Remember, the road you choose now will determine your future working placements, as well as shape your ability to reach your long-term goals and move up the professional ladder.

If you do end up taking the Roadworthiness course, we’ll look forward to welcoming you as one of our certified inspectors upon course completion!

So, are you ready to enroll and kickstart your future with CARSOME Academy? Make an inquiry and build the future you want today.

 

This article was first published on 8 July 2021, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.