Evaluation on TVET Assessment in Oil Palm Operation Focuses on Mechanized FFB Harvesting and Collecting
Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) is a work-based education and training process with a strong emphasis on industry practice. The purpose of this paper is to study whether TVET in oil palm industry can produce a competent trainee in Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) harvesting and collecting. A competent trainee must have knowledge and skill to do job successfully. A qualified harvester cuts the ripe FFB to maximize Oil Extraction Rate (OER) and prunes the optimum frond number. Same goes to a trained collector picks FFB as well as loose fruit within 24 hours to minimize Free Fatty Acid (FFA). By studying National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) used, Pusat Latihan Sawit Malaysia (PLASMA) standard practice, and analysing trainee’s examination results, this study shows PLASMA capable and able to train skilled workers in oil palm industry. Several recommendations and suggestions have been highlighted in ensuring the improvement of the PLASMA quality and maintain its value and standard in the future as well as to the oil palm plantation company to take serious action for hiring the TVET trainee as their skilled workers.
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