KUCHING: The British High Commission in Malaysia has assured that it will work closely with the state government in the field of technical, vocational education and training (TVET) to meet the state’s aspiration towards industrialisation.

British High Commissioner to Malaysia Her Excellency Vicki Treadell thus hoped that the state government would set up a TVET hub, similar to that in Johor known as Skills Johor, to produce skilled workforce.

According to her, Skills Johor was in collaboration with Federation of JPK Accredited Centers Malaysia (FeMAC), which TVET UK has recently worked with.

“Skilled workforce is a basic requirement for driving the engine of industrial and economic growth as well as to stay competitive in today’s global market.

“So I hope that the Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem) can set up similar TVET hub in the state (Sarawak),” she said in her keynote address yesterday, in conjunction with the World TVET Conference 2015 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

The three-day conference, organised by Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS), was officiated by Adenan.

Treadell pointed out that government and businesses were increasingly investing in TVET as economies developed and required more skilled workers, adding that the UK being recognised internationally for its excellence in education and training was a key and strong supporter of TVET development globally.

She stressed that UK was delighted to see significant collaborations and giving support to overseas governments and partners in building capability in the field of TVET.

“We are committed to maintain these rigorous quality standard to remain relevant to the ever-changing needs of the modern workplace and to ensure economic success for the UK and our partners through these collaborations,” she said.

Treadell said UK was committed to skills development in which it invested more than 60 billion pounds each year.