Norashikin (centre) with singer Faizal Tahir (second from left) and comedy group Kumpulan Zero members (from left) Syaiful, Sharif and Atu at the SL1M Open Interview Programme 2017 press conference at Putra World Trade Centre.
THE Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (1Malaysia Training Scheme/SL1M) will kick off its first leg of Open Interview Programme 2017 next week, offering 25,000 job and training opportunities for graduates and job seekers.
To be held from Feb 21 to 22 at Putra World Trade Centre, the annual programme’s central zone edition will feature about 200 reputable companies offering vacancies at various qualification levels.
SL1M Human Capital Development Section secretariat head Norashikin Ismail said the large-scale event would benefit Malaysians at all levels of their careers.
“Open to everyone, this event has vacancies for those with a minimum Primary Six academic qualification up to PhD graduates. There are even positions that only require the applicant to be literate.
“Participating companies will be taking up complementing booths to conduct on-the-spot interviews and issue offer letters to successful applicants at the fair,” she said.
Norashikin advised those visiting the fair to grab the opportunity to score as many interviews as possible.
“It is not easy to bring such an extensive set of established companies to offer job opportunities under one roof in this current economic state.
“We are here to help you, but you must learn to help yourself too. We want those who come here empty-handed to walk out with a job or a training programme in hand. There is a fair chance for everyone,” she said.
She reminded applicants to bring as many resumes as possible and research the companies beforehand.
Even if one does not get a job, degree holders will have the opportunity to enrol into the scheme’s training programme for a maximum of one year with participating companies.
She added that many young graduates are still unemployed as they lack confidence and appropriate skills while on the other end, most companies require those with work experience.
The training programme aims to help unemployed graduates to enhance their marketability, knowledge and work experience to increase the possibility of advancing in their careers.
The progress will equip participants with soft skills including communication skills, creative and analytical thinking, organisational adaptability, value- driven professional and grooming and etiquette, paired with on-the-job training.
“This is a shortcut to getting the first work experience with a reputable company while also getting allowances,” said Norashikin, adding that all training expenses are borne by the participating companies.
To encourage more companies to be part of the SL1M training programme, they are entitled to a double-tax deduction incentive or HRDF-SL1M scheme for training expenses incurred.
“Not only do participating companies get to give back to the society by grooming young talents, but they also fill up their talent pool,” added Norashikin.
Aside from fun-filled activities, this two-day event will be made more exciting as local artiste Faizal Tahir and comedy group Kumpulan Zero join in as programme icons to promote the scheme, at the same time, inspiring and motivating visitors at the events across the country.
Lucrative prizes such as mobile phones and IT gadgets will be up for grabs during the hourly lucky draw sessions.
The extensive event is expected to attract 30,000 visitors, and the first 40,000 will receive a goodie bag each.
In conjunction with the event, there will also be a book launch on success stories of 28 SL1M participants as well as the launch of SL1M online registration system and mobile application.
Officiating the occasion on Feb 21 is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The SL1M Open Interview Programme (Central Zone) 2017 will be open from 7.30am until 5pm on both days.
After the first kick off, the nationwide career event will head to Universiti Malaysia Pahang Kampus Gambang (March 29 and 30); Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (April 19 and 20); followed by Alor Setar, Kedah (May); Kota Belud, Sabah (July) and Malacca (August).
The SL1M is under the Prime Minister’s Department’s Economic Planning Unit. Launched in 2011, the scheme is intended to develop the potential in graduates and make them more employable while strengthening the country’s human capital.