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«Re-Engineering» Dual Training – The Malaysian Experience

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Gert Loose, Georg Spöttl and Yusoff Md. Bin Sahir

«Re-Engineering» Dual Training – The Malaysian Experience shows how a new industrial country is successfully pursuing the aim to ensure the extremely swift increase of economic development by initiatives and concepts for the qualification of skilled workers. This publication reflects the analysis of best practice in training which centers around the workplace in lead countries as well as the philosophy, policies and procedures of the emerging Malaysian National Dual Training System. Excellence in high-tech work must be based on excellence in training. Training based on targeting specific competencies was seen as a way to achieve this excellence. However, this apparently logical approach, which seemed to make it the panacea for meeting today’s pressing high-tech training needs, has failed to keep its promise. Yet, its undisputable contribution to the development of highly effective training has been to create awareness that the necessary accountability of training can only be secured through the definition of occupational standards. However, when they only reflect the immediate work which has to be carried out at the workplace, occupational standards seemingly fall short. The rapidly changing context of work also needs to be reflected, and therefore a new focus on the workprocess is needed to guide the necessary reorientation in training.
Contents: Kofi A. Annan: Excerpt from a Letter by the Former Secretary-General to the President of the UN General Assembly [A/56/422, 28 September 2001] – Steven K. Miller: A New Partnership to Prepare Young People for the Knowledge Economy: The Secretary-General’s Youth Employment Network – Georg Spöttl: Learning through the Work Process - Challenges and the Shaping of Skill Requirements – Hermann W. Schmidt: Education and Training in Private-Public- Parntership: The German Experience – Andy Smith: The Employer’s Role in Developing Skills for the New Economy in Australia – Gert Loose: Can We Link and Match Training in the «Dual System» with Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET)? A Discussion Note – Zanifa Md. Zain: Malaysian Government Policies on Human Resources Development: Towards Meeting the Needs of the Knowledge-Based Economy – Gert Loose/Abdul Hakim Juri: Experience-Based Training for Malaysia: Private-Sector Involvement in Training K-Workers – Georg Spöttl/Matthias Becker: Work Process Analyses - An Essential Tool for Qualification and Curriculum Research – Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan: Meeting the Needs of Industry: The Challenge to Training and Education Institutions – Dato Ahamad bin Sipon: Educational Strategies for the K-Economy: Laying the Foundation for A Flexible and Competent Workforce – Tan Sri Rainer Althoff: Siemens’ Strategy for the Transformation of Global Needs into Market Success through the Concept of «People Excellence» – Shyamal Majumdar: Emerging Generic Skills & Challenges of Learning Systems: Training K-Workers – Pang Chau Leong: A Historical Account of Skills Training in Malaysia.