Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Technical and vocational training is the way to go

by Jeremy Veno reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on June 22, 2014, Sunday

Len Talif (fifth left) symbolically launches the college’s logo in conjunction to their 50th Golden Jubilee celebration. Flora is on fourth left.
KUCHING: Producing graduates with technical skills and hands-on experience is vital to propel the state’s economic growth via Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Promotion of Technical Education) Datu Len Talif Salleh said industrialised nations such as Germany and South Korea had shown what could be achieved through technical and vocational training of their human capital.
“Even though we are several years behind, there is always a point where we should start and look seriously at the importance of technical and vocational education,” he said when closing Kuching Vocational College’s 50th Golden Jubilee celebration at Jalan Batu Lintang yesterday.
Len Talif, who is also Belawai assemblyman, said technical and vocational education should not be seen as a ‘second choice’ among school leavers.
“Some who call themselves engineers from top-notch universities are still not guaranteed to produce the same quality and workmanship of students who graduated from technical institutions.”
In technical and vocational institutions, it is common to have at least 70 per cent of course work on a hands-on basis while the remaining 30 per cent are on theories and classroom subjects.
It is undeniable that most theoretical studies would falter and produce inefficient results in workshop as the rule of thumb and hands-on experience is the formula for success in any production line.
Kuching Vocational College director Flora Imor Phillips said the college had added two new subjects, namely Diploma in Accounting and Fashion and Design.
Before 2012, the college was known as Sekolah Menengah Vokasional Kuching.
It was later selected as one of the 15 schools across Malaysia to be transformed into a college under a pilot project by the Ministry of Education.
This year’s celebration started on Friday and among the activities held at the compound of the college included career showcase, stalls selling food and clothing items, sports competition, singing competition and an Open Day for the college’s automotive workshop.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

‘Upgrade workshops at vocational colleges’ by Marilyn Ten, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on April 25, 2014, Friday

 Ng cuts the ribbon when officiating at the college’s automotive workshop while Flora (third left) and others look on. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The Ministry of Education should upgrade facilities and infrastructure at vocational colleges in the country.
The call came from Public Works Department (JKR) Deputy Director (Infrastructure) Phillip Ng.
He said providing infrastructure such as workshops enable the colleges to train students to become skilled workers to meet the demands of the industry.
“The availability of such facilities at vocational colleges enables students to equip themselves with skills for their fields of interest,” he said in his speech at Kolej Vokasional Kuching (KVK) Automotive Workshop Upgrading Project handover ceremony here yesterday.
Ng represented JKR director Zuraimi Sabki in handing over a completed project comprising an automotive workshop and fashion design workshop to KVK.
The project, which costs RM1,316,000, took nine months to complete.
Meanwhile, KVK director Flora Imor Phillips said the completed project was in line with the Malaysia Education Development Plan (PPPM) in providing skilled workers for the workforce, and in increasing the employability of vocational students.
“I hope these newly completed workshops will provide students with facilities that assist them
in their courses,” she remarked.
A total of 97 students are undergoing the four-year Automotive Technology Diploma programme at KVK.
In addition to Automotive Technology and Fashion Design & Dressmaking Technology, KVK also offers Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Electronic Technology, Industrial Machinery, Business Management and Accounting

KVK head of auto workshop Mahadi Mohd (second right) shows KVK Automotive Technology students how to operate a hoist at the college’s new automotive workshop while KVK’s head of mechanical department Robin Sangai (right) looks on.

Monday, March 24, 2014

KV Kuching Juara Next Big Chef Superstar anjuran UCSI University 2014

Bertempat di Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) pada 22 Mac 2014 telah berlangsung pertandingan memasak "Next Big Chef Superstar" anjuran UCSI University bersempena Pameran Pendidikan Antarabangsa oleh The Borneo Post (BPIEF) 2014. KV Kuching telah menghantar 3 pasukan duo bagi menyertai pertandingan kali ini. Berikut adalah pencapaian wakil KV Kuching :



Peserta daripada KV Kuching bersama Pensyarah daripada Unit Seni Kulinari, Pn Dygku Latifah

Tahniah diucapkan !