Young Malaysians see how TVET leads to good jobs in Malaysia’s food processing industry

A new campaign launched by ILO and Standard Chartered Foundation encourages young Malaysians to enter Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) education.

Press release | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 20 March 2023
visitors witnessed the cake decorating demonstration during the event. © ILO
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (ILO News) – A new campaign is helping young Malaysians learn how technical skills training can help them find good jobs in the Malaysian food processing industry.

Entitled Cita Rasa Masa Depan- Menjelajahi keunikan dan kreativiti dalam industri pembuatan dan perkhidmatan makanan, the campaign, is a collaboration between the Social Security Organization (SOCSO), International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Young Futuremakers Malaysia Project, the Standard Chartered Foundation and Persatuan Pusat Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Cochrane Perkasa, Kuala Lumpur.

Launched Saturday (18/3/2023) at Madrasah Babul Khairat, Projek Perumahan Rakyat (Cochrane Perkasa, Cheras), some 100 residents from the area had the chance to learn how Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) opens the door to employment opportunities in the food processing industry.

According to Rabitah, 18, she did not know anything about TVET although she loves doing practical activities. By attending the event, she can see the opportunity to further her studies in TVET.

During the day’s event, participants heard from government and TVET officials, social media influencers and a former TVET trainee who currently a renowned chef and owned a culinary college following the completion of their training. Interactive activities such as resume writing and cake decorating demonstrations were also conducted during the event.

“Employability rates for TVET graduates in Malaysia are high and the food processing industry is expanding as well in Malaysia. We want young Malaysians to see TVET education in a new light and embrace the opportunities that it offers. Our message is simple- TVET education is the key to a good job and a bright future,” said Zharif Badrul, the National Project Coordinator of the ILO Young Futuremakers Project in Malaysia.

The campaign, which will run for three months, will be amplified through online platforms, with the next physical event, scheduled to take place in Kedah in May.

Mohd Suhaimi Abdul Hamid, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Saadiq Malaysia said, “This project forms part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, a global initiative to tackle inequality by promoting economic inclusion for disadvantaged young people.

“We aim to raise USD75 million between 2019 to 2023 globally to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow. Futuremakers is delivered through community programmes focused on the themes of education, employability and entrepreneurship,” he added.

The Deputy Secretary General of Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), Mohd Khairi Haji Man, was also present in the event.

In addition to the awareness campaign, the project will also form strategic partnerships with government agencies, trade unions, employers’ federations, TVET institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations to provide skills training and post-training support to TVET students and young workers in the food processing industry.