PM to launch initiative for young job seekers

  • Education
  • Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

THE Higher Education Ministry will be conducting a career advancement programme (CAP) to reskill and upskill graduates by enhancing their abilities and knowledge.

The “Penjana KPT-CAP” programme will be launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tomorrow at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said the government has allocated RM100mil for the ministry to help graduates attune themselves to the new demands of the job market through the programme.

Competition among fresh graduates with the same qualifications vying for similar positions, the lack of skill in crafting outstanding resumes and the lack of contacts in the industry are common challenges for those looking to start out in their careers, she said.

“Despite these challenges, higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia have managed this issue well by achieving beyond 80% of graduate employability.

“This year, however, the job search challenges are further amplified with fewer-than-usual job openings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many companies are downsizing, leaving many jobless.

“Graduates can no longer just rely on their certificates, diplomas or bachelor degrees should they wish to come out of the job search victorious,” she said in a statement.

Comprising three sub-programmes – Place and Train, Entrepreneurship and Gig Economy – the four-to-six-week “Penjana KPT-CAP” provides competency training by industry players, insights into the vital know-hows of kick-starting a company including how to secure funding, and guidance on generating income through the gig economy.

The modules cover soft skills, competency accreditation mentoring, coaching, and preparation for the job market.

The programme will be conducted by academics, practitioners and industry players at selected HEIs nationwide.

At the end of the programme, participants will be given a certificate of competency from participating agencies.

“Such an accreditation will certainly add value to their certificates, diplomas, or bachelor’s degrees, and beef up the participants’ resumes.

“It will also function as an indicator of their enhanced capabilities to industry players looking to hire,” said Noraini.

Eligible participants are graduates who did not manage to secure a job in 2019, as well as those who graduated this year.

Each participant will be fully-funded to undergo one of the sub-programmes, which is valued between RM4,000 and RM5,000.

Those interested in undergoing two or all three sub-programmes can do so at their own cost.

“With the programme beginning next month, it is hoped that participating graduates will secure job placements in the first quarter of 2021, if not earlier.

“While there is no instant remedy for the challenges we are facing, the ministry is nevertheless working to alleviate some obstacles for graduates in search of their first jobs,” Noraini said.

She urged graduates to not allow the waves of change to knock them off their feet, but instead to learn and ride them.

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