‘Great’ success for graduates

THE Cyberjaya Graduate Attachment & Training (Great) programme that was officially launched in April last year has received overwhelming response from graduates this year.

Knowledge-based small and medium enterprises (K-SMEs) in Cyberjaya are offering training opportunities for 156 graduates this year under the programme that was launched as one of the initiatives under the govern-ment’s RM7bil Economic Stimulus Package to enhance the employability of local graduates and reduce unemployment.

The programme is a capacity building initiative drawn up by Cyberview Sdn Bhd (CSB) to meet the demand of knowledgeable workers in Cyberjaya and to provide training for graduates to help them become industry-relevant.

The training opportunities are the result of close collaboration and discussions between Cyberview and K-SMEs based in Cyberjaya, most of them located at the SME Technopre-neur Centre.

“Participants of the Great programme will undergo a six-month training programme with the K-SMEs. They will then be absorbed as permanent staff if they do well in training,” CSB managing director Hafidz Hashim said.

The programme was first publicised in March last year and by June, 198 applications were received.

The first batch of 21 graduates reported for duty in early April last year and another 85 reported between June and August.

Hafidz said CSB would have two intakes this year. The intake will be opened to 50 graduates from local institutions of higher learning.

The Great programme is seen as a value-added advantage to promote Cyberjaya as a centre of excellence for the development and supply of skilled workers.

“In tandem with this growth, job opportunities too, are created to strike a balance,” Hafidz said.

He said the objectives of the Great programme were to help address the mismatch in supply vs demand — to help increase the employability of graduates and to provide support for the companies in Cyberjaya during times of economic turbulence.

Under the programme, graduates would be enrolled in two training schemes; soft-skills training comprising business communications, analytical-thinking and team-building skills, and a six-month on-the-job training, during which they would be continuously assessed by programme coordinators and supervisors to identify their strength and work on their weaknesses.

Prior to the rollout of the programme, Cyberview had organised an SME Job-hunt in December 2008 to assist SMEs to source for knowledgeable and skilled workers. However, from 102 vacant positions posted during the two-day event, only 16 positions were filled.

The Cyberjaya programme is one of the four initiatives under the government’s Economic Stimulus Package assigned to Cyberview to be rolled out this year. The other three initiatives to be rolled out soon are:

● The Cyberjaya Hotzone which is a wireless mesh network (WMN) communications made up of radio nodes organised in a mesh topology. This will provide seamless access for the internet whereby it covers a large area as well as indoor and outdoor locations by using WIFI MESH network architecture. As a result, all living in and around Cyberjaya will be able to browse the internet and at any time instead of depending solely on silo-ed access in specific buildings;

● The Malaysian Cybergames Operations and Research (MyCORE). It is an integral part of our focus on the creative content development industry – particularly for the development of games. Cyberview is working with MDeC to make Cyberjaya as the centre for creative multimedia development; and,

● The Cyberjaya Web Presence. It is an initiative to create broadband television in Cyberjaya which provides air time and visibility for the creative content developed locally.

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