YOUTH, especially university graduates have been told to have an open mind when applying for jobs.
Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said the 3.2% national unemployment rate was not alarming, but youth should not be choosy about jobs.
“Although the government has implemented various measures to help youth with qualilfications, seek employment, their negative attitude towards jobs they dislike, may lead to unemployment.
"For instance, if they demand a high salary for an easy job and are unwilling to work hard and start from the ranks to gain experience, it would mean they are being choosy,” he said.
“It also won’t be right for them to focus on white-collar jobs alone,” added Shamsuddin.
Shamsuddin was commenting on the government's efforts to help over 400,000 unemployed youths in the country.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said the government was working hard to bring down the unemployment rate among youth in the country by helping them to find jobs in the appropriate sector.
Shamsuddin, suggested that the government provide incentives for the private sector to train graduates who had just entered employment especially if they were unemployed for more than a year.
"The training provided would not only help them adapt to the new working environment but also to prepare them with skills in their respective fields," he said.
Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) president Datuk Azih Muda said employers should reduce the intake of foreign workers in order to provide job opportunities for locals.
"Give youths especially diploma and degree graduates who possess technical skills a chance to work to overcome the unemployment problems among them," he said.
He said, the government also needed to encourage youths to register themselves with JobsMalaysia and the Labour Department to facilitate them in securing employment.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Mohd Khalid Atan pointed out that the government should view the matter seriously by identifying more unemployed youths and helping them to get jobs as unemployment among this group was estimated to increase each year.
He also encouraged school leavers who could not secure places in higher learning institutions to take up vocational skills training by by participating in the Vocational and Technical Education Transformation (TVET).
He said the TVET programmes were aimed at providing technical and vocational education to youth at an affordable price, apart from offering a guarantee of employment upon completion of the course. – Bernama