JOBSEEKERS in Perak have plenty of employment opportunities to choose from but they must be prepared to face challenges.State human resource committee chairman Ahmad Saidi Mohamad Daud said there were a total of 4,487 vacancies in various industries and sectors as of February.
He said according to Pusat Aspirasi Anak Perak (Pasak) — a state human capital development agency — there were 3,454 vacancies in the services industry, 962 in manufacturing, 50 in plantation and 21 in numerous other sectors.
“Among the jobs available are in sales and services, technicians, managers, machine and plant operators as well as installers, and in the agricultural field, ” Ahmad Saidi told StarMetro.
The Changkat Jering assemblyman said with the current high jobless rate, he hoped jobseekers, especially youths, would grab whatever opportunities they have in front of them.
“My advice is for jobseekers to be self-motivated and not feel inferior, ” he said, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic had severely impacted the country’s economy and caused many people to lose their jobs.
Ahmad Saidi said about 3,700 people in Perak had lost their job between March 2020 and February this year.
“According to the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) Loss of Employment (LOE) record, the number of people who lost their jobs between March and December last year was 3,172, ” he said.
LOE includes normal retrenchment and redundancy, voluntary or mutual separation schemes, closure of the company due to natural disasters or bankruptcy, constructive dismissal, resignation due to sexual harassment or threats made in the workplace, and resignation after being ordered to perform dangerous duties that were not within their job scope.
Ahmad Saidi said the government had conducted numerous programmes to assist those affected, to find employment.
He said these included weekly interview sessions jointly held by employers and Socso.
“Modular skills training are also provided to enhance a person’s skills.
“They will undergo training for a month and will be offered jobs after completion of the course.
“We have also prepared technical and vocational education and training for the disabled as well as short-term reskilling and upskilling training programmes to increase a person’s employability or enable them to go into small and medium entrepreneurship.
“Other efforts included setting up a Talent Perak platform to assist targeted groups to get information on job opportunities in urban and sub-urban areas, talks on preparing for interviews as well as courses on soft skills and hard skills, ” he added.
Ahmad Saidi said those who want the latest information on careers and job opportunities could visit Talent Perak’s Facebook page or www.perakpasak.org
“Pasak can also be reached at 05-318 3290 for details on vacancies, skills courses and other human resource development programmes, ” he said.