GELANG PATAH: Over 200,000 job opportunities will be up for grabs in the next 20 years with the development of the multibillion Forest City project here.
Johor Unity and Human Resources committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that the availability of jobs would be in stages as the mega project was being conducted in phases by Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV).
As such, he said the government is committed in preparing the younger generation to take on the job demands.
“We want Johoreans to be included and benefit in the rapid developments taking place, thus we have been engaging with the relevant agencies, including education institutions to ensure that graduates can meet these demands, he said.
Vidyananthan said this after witnessing a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between CGPV and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here on Tuesday.
He also encouraged institutions and training centres to come up with modules according to the requirements and needs of the employer.
“There are ample jobs for locals but we have to prepare ourselves for it,” he said, adding that school counsellors and parents also have to take a different approach when guiding students in their career pathways.
Sprawled over 1,386.05ha, Forest City comprises four man-made islands and is a joint development between CGPV, a Hong Kong-listed property developer and Johor’s Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd.
With expected investment of up to US$100bil (RM421bil) in two decades, the mammoth project has been accorded duty-free status since March this year.
Meanwhile, UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar said that with the collaboration, the employability rate of UTM graduates was expected to grow, meeting the demands of increasing job opportunities in Forest City.
He said that the university is looking to produce graduates with the right potential and capabilities compatible with CGPV’s requirements.
CGPV executive director Datuk Md Othman Yusof said that UTM was the second institution to exchange a MoU with them, as in August, they had signed one with YPJ College.
“The expertise needed in developing a metropolis is limitless, hence the fields we are looking for are vast,” he said, adding that the focus would be on UTM graduates with engineering, marketing and administrative backgrounds.