More than 13,000 youths applied for jobs at hiring carnival, says HR Minister

PETALING JAYA: Over 13,000 youths applied for more than 8,300 vacancies at a hiring carnival organised by the government, says Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

The Human Resources Minister said that the three-day 2020 Youth PenjanaKerjaya Carnival, organised for the first time by the Human Resource and Youth and Sports ministries along with the Social Security Organisation (Socso).

"This hiring carnival featured more than 8,300 vacancies by 26 employers and received applications from 13,246 youths from all over the country.

"Throughout the carnival, 65 were offered jobs on the spot after having passed their online interviews and 320 more have been chosen for a second round of interviews," said Saravanan in a press statement issued on Nov 29.

He also said that there were career and job-creation webinars which were also participated by more than 3,300 participants nationwide.

Saravanan and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican virtually officiated the virtual hiring carnival on 24 Nov.

"Such a virtual carnival is to assist unemployed youths to have the opportunity to attend online interviews and get hired through government initiatives while the country is still undergoing the MCO," said Saravanan.

He pointed out that according to Socso data, 62% of those who lost their jobs as of Nov 20 were youths with the majority aged between 25 and 29.

"The rate of unemployment among youths has increased by 9%. The ministries of Human Resources and Sports and Youth are committed to cooperating on issues of providing job opportunities, job creation, skilling and access to funds and facilities for the youths.

"We are also looking for many ways to lower the unemployment rate and spur the labour market under the various initiatives of Budget 2021," said Saravanan.

Socso spokesperson Mohamad Shafiq Adnan said that the hiring carnival was successful as it received an overwhelming response.

"This is the first time for the Youth PenjanaKerjaya Carnival and it was held to especially provide opportunities of employment and to lower the unemployment rate among the youths," said Shafiq in a statement.

The carnival is part of an initiative under the National Economic Revival Plan (Penjana) meant to stimulate job creation among employers and increase the number of job openings for job seekers and to enhance their employability.

The Human Resources Ministry is responsible for implementing the programme through Socso’s National Employment Services.

Among the incentives under this initiative is #MyApprentice, which is aimed at employers who provide jobs to local graduates and school-leavers through apprenticeship programmes, targeting youths.

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