KLUANG: Employment opportunities offered in Johor, especially those requiring skills training, will be showcased at the state government’s annual career fair.
The event, Kembara Kerjaya Johor Berkemahiran 4.0, will involve a convoy of more than 50 vehicles visiting four districts namely Johor Baru, Batu Pahat, Segamat and Muar.
State Unity and Human Resources committee chairman R. Vidyanathan said at least 40 agencies including 14 skills training institutes would be taking part in the event which would be held from today to April 2.
“Last year’s kembara attracted more than 20,000 visitors,” he said in urging locals to attend the various programmes planned at each of the districts.
Vidyanathan stressed that the state government would continue to hold career carnivals statewide to match employers and employees.
Since Kembara Kerjaya began in 2014, the number of visitors and employers involved has increased from 11,000 to 20,000 people and from 33 to 77 employers.
“Each year, Kembara Kerjaya helps to secure jobs for between 1,000 and 1,800 people,” he added.
Secondary school counsellors would also be invited to participate and get the latest information on new job trends in Johor.
“This way, schoolchildren would have better knowledge on the opportunities in Johor for the next several years so they can prepare from young.
“We want to give our children a headstart,” said Vidyanathan, adding that the traditional thinking of wanting children to be doctors, dentists and veterinarians was outdated.
Vidyanathan also advised jobseekers not to be fussy.
“They should also find out about the developments taking place in the state so that they would know how to stay marketable,” he added.
He stressed that skills training could no longer be regarded as preparing people for a menial or low-paying job as there is a huge demand for skilled people in the state.
He added that if Johoreans did not seize these opportunities, such jobs would be offered to people from other states.
“If the locals are too choosy, we will just have to open up these opportunities to foreign workers,” he said.
On jobs in the state, Vidyanathan added that there were ample job opportunities with 111,000 vacancies recorded in 2016.
The bulk of these jobs are in manufacturing (78,705), construction (19,939), agriculture, fishery and forestry (8,485) and accommodation and food services (1,413).
He pointed out that the state’s unemployment rate was 3.2%, whereas the national rate was 3.4%.
Vidyanathan added that apart from existing jobs in the oil & gas and construction sectors, a lot of demand is also being created in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
He stressed that Johor’s swift pace of development, especially in Iskandar Malaysia, made it more attractive for people to work here rather than seek greener pastures abroad.
An increasing number of Malaysians previously working in Singapore have chosen to switch jobs and return to Johor,
Vidyanathan added that based on a human capital development study, the state government hopes to focus on six sectors to promote more job opportunities – logistics and warehousing, oil & gas, tourism, finance as well as the creative and education sectors.