SEAMEO VOCTECH (SV) welcomed delegates from the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development (MEITD) Sarawak, and Sarawak Skills Development Centre (SSDC), on 1 February 2023 for an official visit to the TVET Regional Centre. The delegates were led by MEITD Permanent Secretary, YM Mr. Haji Azmi bin Haji Bujang.

Together with Mr Haji Azmi during the visit were MEITD personnel including Ms. Hajah Khanninah Haji Ariff, Principal Assistant Secretary, Talent Development Division. SSDC was represented by its Executive Director, Encik Hallman bin Sabri, accompanied by other delegates from the Centre. On hand to welcome the delegation to SEAMEO VOCTECH were its Centre Director, Mr Alias Haji Abu Bakar, Deputy Directors, other Managers, Consultants and Officers.

SEAMEO VOCTECH was one of the centres MEITD and SSDC had earmarked to visit in the sultanate to discuss potential collaborations on each other’s niche TVET training provisions and expertise, as well as in sharing good practices for mutual development, among others.

During the visit, YM Mr Haji Azmi, YM Mr Alias, YM Mr Hallman (Executive Director of SSDC) along with the Centres’ management and delegations were able to get better acquainted with one another and shared information on TVET programmes and activities from the Centres and Sarawak.

Each Centre presented its corporate video, highlighting notable programmes, achievements, partnerships and future strategic plans. From SEAMEO VOCTECH, YM Mr Alias further elaborated on several of these achievements and expressed the Centre’s strong ambitions to move forward into the era of digitalisation incorporating AR and VR technologies, as well as on green technology. Deputy Executive Director (Corporate Services), Ms. Amy Francis Najur, presented on behalf of SSDC.

The presentations were followed up with a dialogue session between the Centres to discuss potential collaborations. All present were reciprocative and hopeful with the Centres’ future partnerships and expressed special interest in nurturing a potential course training and research projects.

“We are always keen to train not only our youths but to also upskill our current (human) resources. There is no hindrance for participation and exchanges of Sarawak human resources with other countries; I look forward to working on future endeavours together with the Centre,” YM Mr Haji Azmi affirmed.

Following the corporate presentations, Mr Zakri Md Salleh from SSDC also took the opportunity to promote the 3rd BIMP-EAGA TVET Conference, with the theme “TVET to Drive Innovation and Talent Development” to take place in Kuching, Sarawak on 08-09 March this year. The conference serves as an ideal platform for TVET speakers and delegates to network, share best practices in TVET talent development, and explore opportunities for collaboration. To help promote the event, SEAMEO VOCTECH has posted information on the conference on its SEA-VET.net website, which will enable SSDC to reach out to a wider audience in Southeast Asia.

The event closed with an exchange of tokens of appreciation between SEAMEO VOCTECH, MEITD and SSDC.

The Sarawak delegates were accompanied by IBTE officers who were also present during the visit on behalf of Dr Zamri Haji Sabli, CEO of IBTE in his capacity as the Chairperson of the BIMP-EAGA HRD Working Group.

The delegations from Sarawak invited SEAMEO VOCTECH to do a return visit to MEITD and SSDC in Kuching, and expressed hopes for an MoU signing between the Centre and SSDC in the near future.