Successful job search

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 25 Nov 2019

Chow visiting one of the exhibition booths at Politeknik Seberang Perai. With him are Jebasingam (second right) and state domestic and international trade committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain (right.

OVER 400 graduates in Penang have secured employment through the Northern Corridor Economic Region’s (NCER) talent enhancement programme (NTEP), said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

“Till October, collaborations between 18 companies in Penang have brought in RM6.1bil worth of investments to produce 6,325 job opportunities.

“Among them, they will employ 438 graduates through NTEP.

“NTEP will ensure there is sufficient skilled workforce to fulfil industry needs as well as increase job opportunities and quality of life of graduates,” he said before launching the four programmes by Northern Corridor Implementation Agency (NCIA) at Politeknik Seberang Perai recently.

Three other programmes by NCIA were also launched.

They were the empowerNCER, entrepeneurNCER and the Bumiputera Mobility Fund.

Chow said the empowerNCER programme would provide basic skill and entrepreneurship training particularly to the B40 group.

The programme intake is being conducted by various Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) in central Seberang Prai district.

“The first phase of it will see the participation of 200 people while the second phase will be conducted in the remaining four districts in the state.

“The entrepreneurNCER programme will focus on micro entrepreneurs and small-medium enterprises.

“NCIA will formulate strategic partnerships with Agrobank and Maybank to provide loans and counselling for them.

“The Bumiputera Mobility Fund aims to financially support bumiputera entrepreneurs as catalyst to companies in implementing high-impact projects,” he added.

All four programmes themed ‘Promoting Prosperity, Empowering The People’ are initiatives by NCIA to introduce more human capital development and produce more job opportunities and increase income of households.

NCIA chief executive Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John said a budget of RM15mil had been allocated for each of the programmes per year.
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