KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will look into ways to enhance Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes to help lower the youth's unemployment rate, says Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
"We hope to lower the youth unemployment rate, which is at double-digit now to single-digit. Other countries are able to do so, and we hope to do it and do it better," he told reporters after the opening ceremony of InvestSmart® Fest 2018.
The minister noted that the employment rate for the graduates of TVET programmes are higher than the graduates from tertiary institutions.
"All these while the focus has been on tertiary education through universities. We should look at TVET," he said.
Malaysia's youth unemployment rate stood at 10.8% last year.
According to a report by MIDF research in May, the rising youth unemployment was mainly contributed by the soaring numbers of unemployed graduates, about 204,000, constituting 40.5% of total unemployment.
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