TUMPAT: Some 50% of 35,000 unemployed graduates have found permanent jobs after acquiring working experience under the Training and Attachment Scheme, National Economic Action Council executive director Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said.
He said the scheme, introduced in November 2001, gave the graduates working experience and training in English and information and communication technology (ICT) skills.
They were placed in government agencies and departments for six months to gain working experience, he said after opening the Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Pengkalan Kubor II Parent-Teacher Association's general meeting in Pengkalan Kubor here yesterday.
Mustapa, also Kelantan Umno chief, said RM300mil was spent under the scheme while another RM100mil was allocated to the Human Resources Ministry through the economic stimulus package to help jobless graduates.
Among the factors which gave rise to graduates facing difficulty in getting jobs were their lack of experience and ICT skills and poor command of English, he said.
Under the scheme, even before they finished the course, some graduates were offered jobs, especially from the private sector, he said.
He said the Government would ensure the countrys economic growth stayed strong so that more jobs could be created. Bernama
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