As Malaysia aims to be a developed country by the year 2020, one of the most important issues to ensure the realization

of this aim is by having a powerful vocational/skills training/education system. This system will equip our country with fully skillful workers that are needed by the industry in order to be the developed country and a high-income economy government. More skilled workers needed to hit high-income target' New Strait Time 20/2/2010 PUTRAJAYA:The government is intensifying efforts to increase the number of skilled workers to achieve its target as a high-income economy. As it moved into high-income labour mode, Deputy Prime Minster Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said measures would be identified to meet the increasing needs, particularly in skills based manufacturing and services sectors. "The question of human capital has become more critical than before in the context of preparing manpower to fit in the new economic model. "Speaking after chairing the human capital cabinet comittee meeting here yesterday, Muhyiddin said several issues relating to human capital development were discussed at the meeting. Referring to a Would Bank report entitled "Developing Human Capital for a Hig-Income Malaysia", he said the shortage of skilled workers would stunt progress and efforts to turn Malaysia into a high-income economy. "As such, having skilled workers is an important asset in the bid to increase productivity and the nation's competitiveness in the global market." Muhyiddin also said there was a need for concerted efforts to address the shortage of skilled workforce. He said the World Bank report suggested the need for Malaysia to reform its human capital through education at both the tertiary and secondary levels. "We take cognizance of this and the process is under way. To acknowledge some of the WOrld's Bank recommmendations, we have asked the Economic Planning Unit to prepare a framework." On industrial training for undergraduates, he said it was agreed that the move would help increase the number of skilled workers. Muhyiddin said the aim of such training was to prepare undergraduates for the job market. "This helps the students adjust to the market conditions and gain the necessary skills." He also said the Higher Education Ministry would select students from various disciplines from various disciplines ti undergo the training and its durations. On average, he said it took three months with a minimum of two credit hours and a maximum of 12 hours credit for an undergraduate to complete the industrial training.

Touching on the need of manpower for the aerospace industry.000.6 million in 2008." He said the industry also saw an average of 11 per cent increase in job opportunities.3 million and it increased to RM991. the number of job vacancies stood at 50. In 2006. "The investment in this sector has increased by 300 percent. the total investments stood at RM113. Muhyiddin said the potential of the industry to propel the country's economy was discussed at the meeting. In 2008. aircraft captain and other skilled workers in aerospace sub-sector involving maintenance of aircraft parts be increased. He said an allocation had been set aside under the 10th MAlaysia Plan towards that purpose. Muhyiddin added that the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and EPU had suggested that the number of license engineers. .