EPP 5: Scaling Up Private Skills Training Provision

  • GNI by 2020 (mil)
  • Projected jobs by 2020

This EPP aims to reduce the percentage of low-skilled and semi-skilled workers from 76% in 2009 to 50% by 2020 by providing post-Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM) students or school-leavers with more opportunities to pursue vocational education.

To this end, the Government has allocated funding to the Skills Development Fund to spur quality training through private accredited centres. Programmes must be rated by the Department of Skills Development (Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran or JPK) with a minimum of three stars for Peninsular Malaysia and two stars for East Malaysia.


  • 1,355 new international students were enrolled in TVET programmes in 2014, bringing the international student enrolment to 2,700.
  • The Government has allocated more than RM832 million to the Skills Development Fund from 2011-2014, which is channelled to accredited skills training centres.
  • In 2014, 370 private accredited centres achieved a rating of three stars and above under the Department of Skills Development's star rating exercise.
  • Malaysia placed second overall at the 10th ASEAN Skills Competition 2014.

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