KUALA LUMPUR: Universities should look at the Critical Occupations List and top associated skills to reduce mismatch of skills required for industries and enhance employability, says Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp).
TalentCorp industry partnerships manager Noor Asmaliza Romlee said that only half of the 178,000 diploma and degree graduates, who enter the workforce annually are employed.
However, there are 59 critical jobs in the list for 2018 and 2019, she said.
"There is a mismatch between what the industry wants and what the academia is producing.
"The universities need to look at the list to ensure employability and revise their curriculum," said Noor Azmaliza, who was one of the three panellists for the Malaysia's Future Workforce and Graduate Employability discussion panel.
The discussion was held in conjunction with the British Council Study UK Fair on Sunday (Oct 13).
Noor Asmaliza said universities might need to merge some of the subjects to make it multidisciplinary.
"For instance, to be trained in cyber-security work, one needs to be trained not just in computer science but also forensic skills," she said.
Noor Asmaliza said that by ensuring employability, the country would be able to reduce its reliance on foreign expertise to fill jobs.
She said mismatch also occurs when graduates keep applying for certain jobs and not the jobs that are in demand.
Khazanah Research Institute's School-to-Work Transition Survey 2018 found that the top two reasons for fresh graduate unemployment were skills mismatch and job search and recruitment mismatch.
Based on the survey, employers were also looking for soft skills, besides the hard skills, said Noor Asmaliza.
Meanwhile, the panellists also urged students and graduates to look beyond traditional jobs.
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