Key takeaways

  • TVET increasingly important, producing occupationally skilled youth as its dual system focuses on workplace training and hands-on experience.
  • Greater focus on skill-heavy education track can be one of the ways to address pressing challenges among youth, such as high NEET and unemployment rates, exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic.
  • International evidence, such as from Germany, suggests strong TVET system results in fewer school dropouts and smoother school-to-work transition.
  • Consistent and coordinated efforts needed to tackle longstanding hindrances in TVET ecosystem linked to social stigma,fragmented governance, teaching delivery and inadequate infrastructure.

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Sofea Azahar
Senior Researcher
Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

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