Najib presenting the Prime Minister’s Golden Hand award (Youth Category) to Muhammad Izzat during the awards-giving ceremony.
SERDANG: Students must take advantage of the various training programmes to acquire new skills that can make them more attractive to the employment market.
“Training institutes must play their role by coming up with modules that are suitable and meet the market needs to guarantee the employability of their graduates,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the country was in need of skilled workers to drive its economic transformation programmes.
Najib added that as a country aiming to be a high income nation, the development of skilled workers was as vital as economic growth.
The Prime Minister pointed out that Malaysia had set a target to have 33% of its workforce in the high skill category in 2015; and to increase the number to 50% by 2020.
He added that the number of high skilled workers in the country was relatively low at 28% last year and the Government had undertaken initiatives to provide skills and training to those entering the employment market.
“In the 2014 Budget, the Government has, among others, allocated RM200mil to upgrade the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) and provided RM178mil to the Human Resource Department’s training institute,” he said at the presentation of the Prime Minister’s Golden Hand Awards yesterday.
Najib said Human Resources Development Berhad had also set aside RM400mil for registered companies to send their staff for upskilling and re-skilling programmes.
The Prime Minister said skills competitions such as this one provides vocational students with a platform to showcase their skills, creativity and talent.
The Prime Minister’s Golden Hand Awards is an annual skills competition among students from training institutes and is jointly organised by the Human Resources and Works Ministries.
Muhammad Hafiz Brahim of Pusat Latihan Teknologi Tinggi in Malacca and Muhammad Izzat Sulaiman, a student with Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara in Rembau, Negri Sembilan, emerged winners of the award.