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Department of Skills Development Malaysia

The Department of Skills Development (DSD, Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, JPK), under the Ministry of Human Resources, was established in May 1989 which previously known as the National Vocational Training Council (NVTC). Effective 1 September 2006, (NVTC) has changed its name to become the Department of Skills Development (DSD) upon the gazetting of the National Skills Development Act (NASDA) [Act 652] for the purpose of formulating, promoting, and coordinating Malaysia's vocational and industrial training strategy and programme in keeping with the country's technological and economic development needs.

The DSD coordinates the setting up of all public and private training institutions, evaluates the demand for existing and future skills, identifies future vocational and industrial training needs and will continue to develop standards under the National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS). To-date, there are more than 700 certified standards which cover certificate, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications. Under NOSS, 20 major industry sectors have been identified for future standards development.

In Malaysia, vocational and technical schools, polytechnics and industrial training institutions prepare youths for employment in various industrial trades. While they are mostly run by government agencies, several private initiatives complement the government's efforts in producing the skilled workers needed by industry.

The main government agencies involved in training are:

(1) Ministry of Human Resources ( currently runs 21 industrial training institutes (ITIs). The ITIs offer industrial skills training programmes at basic, intermediate and advanced levels for pre-employment or job entry level. These include apprenticeship programmes in the mechanical, electrical, building and printing trades as well as programmes to upgrade skills and train instructors. The Ministry also operates the Centre for Instructors and Advanced Skills Training (CIAST), the Japan-Malaysia Technical Institute (JMTI) and four advanced technology training centres (ADTECs).

(2) Ministry of Higher Education (, established in March 2004, supervises public and private universities, 27 polytechnics and 72 community colleges to prepare skilled manpower for industries. At the post-secondary level, the formal training conducted in polytechnics and community colleges aims to produce trained manpower at the semi-professional level in engineering, commerce and services sectors.

(3) Ministry of Education (, runs more than 90 technical schools offering technical and vocational courses. School leavers from the technical schools can either seek employment at entry level or pursue their post-secondary education at diploma level in Polytechnics or certificate level in Community Colleges or other training institutions under the supervision of other ministries.

(4) Ministry of Youth and Sports (, which provides basic, intermediate and advanced levels of industrial skills training through its 16 National Youth Skills Training Centres and Higher National Youth Skills Training Centre. Short-term courses and skills upgrading programmes are also being conducted.

(5) Majlis Amanah Rakyat (, or the Council of Trust for the Indigenous People under the purview of the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development. MARA operates more than 20 skills training institutes in different parts of the country which offer programmes at basic, intermediate, advanced and professional levels.

Department of Skills Development, Sarawak
No.11-01 & 11-02, Level 11
Gateway Kuching
Jalan Bukit Mata
93100 Kuching
Tel: 082-420257 / 70 / 73
Fax: 082-420278

Department of Skills Development
Level 7-8, Block D4, Complex D
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62530 Putrajaya
Department of Skills Development
Level 7 - 8, Block D4, Complexs D
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62530 Putrajaya
Tel: 03-88865000 / 5589 / 5817
Fax: 03-8889 2423
Email :

Posted Date: 21 Jan 2013

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