BENEFICIAL: Creating knowledgeable and competitive workforce
KUALA LUMPUR: EMPLOYEES have been urged to encourage their employees to pursue lifelong learning and help create a knowledgeable and competitive workforce.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said lifelong learning could help to raise the human resources standard in the country and increase productivity.
"This will propel the country's economy to greater heights."
Khaled said this was done in countries such as Japan, South Korea, Denmark and Canada.
"The culture of lifelong learning must be a sustainable one especially with the announcement of the minimum wage policy by the government."
He said the level of knowledge and skills among workers had to be increased in line with the higher remuneration.
"There have been many opportunities for the people to continue their studies and this should be taken advantage of to develop themselves," he added.
Khaled said the culture of lifelong learning was especially crucial for the development of the socio-economic sector.
"With this is mind, the ministry has formed a national lifelong learning committee which includes representatives of other ministries and higher education leaders."
The committee will come up with policies to promote lifelong learning.
In addition, a lifelong learning technical committee was also formed to monitor the progress of the programmes created to achieve the objective of making lifelong learning the preferred way of self-development.
"This is an important scope of learning as it will increase the marketability of the workers as well as competitiveness in the workforce."
Khaled said the system of open and distance learning (ODL) was also another learning option, befitting the definition of lifelong learning.
"Advances in information and communication technology had allowed for ODL and this can be used as another avenue by people to upgrade themselves via the many online courses."
Khaled was speaking after closing the national-level Lifelong Learning Carnival at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.