PUTRAJAYA: Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) has organised the Asia TVET Experts Forum (ATEF) 2018 at The Everly Hotel Hotel, on July 23 and 24. The forum, which was attended by the Minister of Education, YB Dr. Maszlee Malik and the Chairman of TVET Empowerment Committee, YB Nurul Izzah Anwar, were also accompanied by Skills Johor and represented by Executive Director of Johor's own Skills, Datuk Omar Shariff Mydeen.

Dr Maszlee said in his speech at ATEF 2018, "The Ministry of Education will work towards making the Education and Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) a top choice for students to pursue their studies in the next five years." "Skills Johor as the industry catalyst and country TVET expert, is always ready to assist and equally support the Ministry's plans through initiatives and programs to be carried out," said Datuk Omar Shariff during a discussion forum with Nurul Izzah here on Monday. TVET provides opportunities for all levels of society towards balanced development, reducing poverty and towards economic prosperity.

Nurul Izzah said, "TVET skills will not be seen as a second-class specialisation in the future." Currently, Malaysia has about 28 percent skilled workers and aims to increase the number to 35 percent by 2020.