The Polytechnic and Community College Education Department (JPPKK) will introduce a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) foundation programme starting in the July session.

Its Director-General, Dr. Mohd Zahari Ismail said the programme is a new initiative in an effort to empower TVET programmes including aquaculture and agriculture.

"”It is specifically for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers to give them space and opportunity to participate in the programme which is run together with Malaysia Technical University Network (MTUN).

"The four MTUNs involved are Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang," he told reporters after attending the 9th Jeli Polytechnic convocation ceremony, here today.

At the ceremony, a total of 319 graduates received Agrotechnology and Aquaculture diplomas for Session II 2021/2022 and Session I 2022/2023.

Commenting further, Mohd Zahari said the programme will be also offered at Ungku Omar Premier Polytechnic, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Polytechnic, Merlimau Polytechnic, Sultan Ahmad Shah Polytechnic and Tun Syed Nasir Polytechnic.

"For the initial stage we are targeting the participation of 500 students for which student recruitment applications are open today (May 15) through the Student Admission Application System (UPU).

"UPU will also work with the department to shed light on this latest initiative through the 'Jom Masuk U' programme which will be launched in Johor Bahru on May 20," he said.

He said this programme is designed for a period of one year and the students will then continue their studies at the bachelor's degree level at whichever MTUN is involved.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency