Help on the way for jobless grads

Dr Ahmad Masrizal (second right) and MGTC chief executive officer Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor (right) listening to a briefing about the bee farm by researcher Dr Mohd Zulkifli Mustafa (in blue) during a visit to the USM Green Campus at ECO Hub USM.

THE Malaysian Green Technology Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is coming up with a ‘green entrepreneur’ initiative to help unemployed graduates.

Deputy Environment and Water Minister Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal said through MGTC, they would introduce the Jana Graduan Hijau (Jaguh) initiative in the third quarter of this year.

“The focus would be on graduates who find it hard to seek employment due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This initiative is timely with the increasing number of unemployment.

“We hope that unemployed graduates can explore this Jaguh initiative, where we will provide them with the necessary training towards becoming green entrepreneurs, ” he said.

He said Malaysia aimed to create a pool of 10,000 green entrepreneurs within the next two years, in line with the country’s aspiration towards a green economy and sustainable development.

“From what we see, young people these days are becoming more and more creative.

“I am especially drawn to cafes run by young people who utilise recyclable items and natural resources.

“We must support these people while creating new pool of talents.

“It is our hope that those who undergo the Jaguh training can set up their own businesses or work with the numerous schemes under the ministry.

“This is important as we move towards a green economy, ” he said during a visit to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, on Saturday.

He was there to kick-start his Green Campus tour and mission to introduce the MGTC’s low carbon city challenge at all universities,

Dr Ahmad Masrizal said he would visit universities nationwide to increase awareness among graduates on the importance of lessening the carbon footprint and about sustainable development.

“They are the catalysts, enablers and our spokesperson to the outside world, and what better place to start than at universities, in this case USM.

“I am highly satisfied with the campus’ commitment towards ensuring sustainability through the setting up of the University Sustainability Council, with a clear direction on where the university should head.

“We know that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin constantly stresses on the importance of environmental sustainability.

“And it sure looks like USM is heading towards the right direction in whatever it is doing to ensure a green campus, ” he said, adding that this included making it mandatory for all its graduates to take the sustainable development course.

He noted that it would be good for other universities to emulate USM’s initiative.

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