More jobs for Johoreans

Aminolhuda (in orange) with Ismail (third from left) looking at a list of jobs offered at the fair. – NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The state government hopes to provide more professional as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) job opportunities starting next year.

State education, human resource, science and technology committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said the state has started to work towards realising this aim by attracting future investors into Johor, especially companies involved in digital technology.

“Industries are now more keen on hiring human capital who are equipped with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) training.

“That is where the state will be focusing on, especially for those in the TVET field and professionals,” he said, adding that other jobs (non-professional) will also be offered but the numbers may be smaller.

Aminolhuda said this after launching the Iskandar Malaysia Employment Fair (IMEF 2019) at a hotel here.

The state government has managed to create 278,790 job opportunities for Johoreans from the period of May 2018 until October this year.

Of the number, he said about 76% were in the general work sectors while 15% were in the plant, machine and assembly sector.

“If we look at Johor, we can see there are already a few companies that depend on highly-skilled workers, such as i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd where an average worker’s salary is more than RM6,000 per month.

“Some may say that working in Singapore is much better due to the higher salary, but there are those who prefer to work closer to their family and spend less time travelling. This is where we can come in and provide these jobs,” he said.

Aminulhuda said the move is also in line with the Johor Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2030, which aims to transform Johor into a developed state.

More than 1,000 job opportunities were offered by 60 companies participating in the IMEF 2019 here.

The companies taking part include Johor Land Bhd, Frost & Sullivan, Regency Specialist Hospital, UMLand, Senai Airport, Tanjung Pelepas Port, Starbucks, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Legoland Malaysia, Marrybrown, Parkson, AEON, The Chicken Rice Shop, YTL Communications and Hard Rock Hotel.

Also present at the event was Iskandar Malaysia’s chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

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