KOTA KINABALU: There are not enough higher learning institution graduates in the Sabah workforce.
The percentage of the workforce having tertiary qualification in Sabah is still low while demands in the industries require more, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.
“As of now, we only have about 16% of those who graduated with tertiary education in the workforce,” he said during the Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School Education Fair 2017 here on Saturday.
“Sabah needs to produce more graduates to meet the requirements of investors,” he said.
Tan said the need to create skilled and highly qualified employees was urgent considering the changing and challenging environment globally.
The Industrial Development minister also advised students to get more information on what the nation and economy needed in terms of employment so that they would be able to make the necessary preparations.
His speech was read by his political secretary Chang Shui Kiong.
He said the state, and the nation as a whole, was moving towards creating more high income quality jobs.
“This is why it is important for secondary school leavers to aim for tertiary education and to choose courses that are suitable for the industry requirements,” he added.
More than 70 local and international higher learning institutions participated in the half-day education fair.
Among the institutions that took part in the event included those from the Peninsula, Sabah, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States of America.