Exploring technical and vocational training –corporate responsibility in education
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 March 2013 – Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and the UNICEF Malaysia today launched their publication of the Best Business Practice Circular (BBPC) entitled Education for Sustainable Development : Promoting Technical Education and Vocational training". This publication is the 3rd collaboration between SSM and UNICEF and this time it focuses on encouraging the provision of technical education and vocational training (TEVT) through public-private partnerships (PPP).
Previous SSM circulars (BBPCs) which were issued in collaboration with UNICEF provided CSR examples and guidance to businesses on; the establishment of childcare centres at the workplace, and how to start a nursing mothers' programme at the office.
This latest BBPC will provide guidance on how business-supported Technical Education and Vocational Training can benefit both young workers and businesses – providing a classic win-win.
Companies that offer Technical Education and Vocational Training ensure that young people continue skills-based training, even if they have dropped out of mainstream schooling. It also assures the private sector of a work force with necessary skills, ensuring companies of a talent pool of appropriately skilled young employees.
This kind of alternative education also supports national education priorities aimed at making sure all children have access to education, whether through mainstream schooling or alternative options.
The business imperative for a bright, trained, reliable workforce in Malaysia is clear, especially in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture and construction, where there is an urgent need for skilled employees. The challenge is that Malaysia has an 86% secondary school enrolment rate, indicating that children not in this statistic are not attending secondary school. Some may be in non-mainstream schooling which makes the need for Technical Education and Vocational Training all the more critical.
The BBPC is in line with two critical child-rights documents; the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Children's Rights and Business Principles (CRBP). Article 28 of the CRC encourages the development of different forms of secondary education, including vocational training that should be made available and accessible to every child, thereby ensuring them of their right to education.
Principle 3 of the Children's Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) emphasizes the need for decent work for young workers. In addition, the CRBP urges the corporate sector to protect children and young workers, as a way of demonstrating their commitment to the rights and wellbeing of children and young people. "By focusing on children and supporting their rights, businesses can create a sustainable future, new and expanding markets for their products and services, while also educating their next workforce, influencing tomorrow's consumers, and at the same time, enhance their brand and reputation," added Ms. Belmonte.
"I hope the corporate sector will support this noble course and act positively by adopting the best practices principles envisaged in the circular. In doing so, the corporate sector will be able to play its critical role in the creation a pool of technical talent and in the capacity building of young people in Malaysia" said SSM's CEO, Mr. Mohd Naim Daruwish.
For further information, please contact:
Indra Kumari Nadchatram,
UNICEF Media, Malaysia
(+6.03) 2095 9157
+6012 292 6872
UNICEF Media, Malaysia
(+6.03) 2095 9154 ext. 2236
+6012 658 5160