State provides training to fill manpower shortage in hotels

Nolee Ashilin (left) discussing on the hospitality TVET courses offered at the Shen Jai TVET College. RONNIE CHIN/The Star

THOSE keen to work in the hospitality industry can take up training courses and job-hunting programmes by the Perak government.

The move is to address the shortage of workers in the industry, says state tourism committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohafmmed Radzi.

The courses are organised by the youth development agency Pusat Aspirasi Anak Perak (Pasak) and the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter.

“In this first phase, there will be two courses namely housekeeping and assistant chef programmes that can train about 40 people.

“Those interested will need to apply at Pasak’s website. They will be interviewed before undergoing eight days of classroom training and six months of on-the-job training,” she said in a press conference in Ipoh.

“Three hotels will be involved during the first phase and depending on the results, we may extend the courses as MAH has over 70 members,” she said, noting that Pasak had over 2,000 job vacancies.

She added that the training courses could be extended to other districts later.

Nolee Ashilin said 3,356 people in Perak lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic, of whom over 500 were from the tourism sector.

“In 2020 alone, 2,026 people lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Based on statistics, most of them are from the tourism and hotel sectors.

“As the tourism sector has reopened, many hotels are now left with vacancies because some of their former workers have found jobs in other sectors,” she said.

Last year’s records, she noted, showed that Perak received the second highest number of domestic tourists.

She hopes this will encourage those who are unemployed, to work in the tourism sector.

In May, Nolee Ashilin was quoted saying that Perak had welcomed about five million domestic tourists last year and now aimed to get six million for this year. — By ILI AQILAH

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