Socso ready to help retrenched airlines staff

PETALING JAYA: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) is prepared to assist airlines staff who lost their jobs by upskilling and reskilling them.

Socso said it is committed to providing benefits to those affected under the Employment Insurance System (EIS) and the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana).

"The EIS, managed by Socso provides protection to employees who have lost their jobs with income replacement through Job Search Allowance for up to six months.

"Apart from that, Socso will help them get new jobs through the Re-employment Placement Programme.

"To improve the marketability of workers with loss of employment, Socso provides vocational

skills training with the aim to strengthen their expertise and knowledge," said Socso in a statement Monday (Nov 2).

Socso added that the training costs of up to RM4,000 will be borne by it and training participants are entitled to an allowance of RM10 to RM20 per day for a maximum of six months.

"Socso will also channel government assistance under the Penjana Hiring Incentive Programme through the national employment portal, MYFutureJobs," it said.

Penjana Hiring Incentive Programme provides skills training to upskill and reskill the workers.

"Employers who recruit workers through this programme would be able to send their newly hired workers to undergo training courses, free of charge, to equip them with the right skills and competencies for the new jobs," said Socso.

As a proactive measure, Socso said that it conducted a virtual job interview programme on Oct 22 and Oct 23, although the job seekers had yet to submit their applications for EIS benefits.

"The objective behind this move is to ensure that those who are affected by the retrenchment

exercise receives immediate assistance.

"As of Oct 28, a total of 90,470 cases of job loss had been reported to Socso for EIS benefits applications.

"During the same period, a total of 33,341 insured persons under the EIS

have returned to work through the Re-employment Placement Programme and the MYFutureJobs portal," said Socso.

Employees affected by retrenchment exercises including those who are offered a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) or mutual separation scheme (MSS) may visit or call 1300-22-8000 for more information.

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