PETALING JAYA: A placement centre to help various industries get the right people for the right job has been launched by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) in an effort to bring down the unemployment rate in the country.
The HRDF Placement Centre (HPC) was jointly launched by Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.
Saravanan said the one-stop portal would provide job- and income-generating opportunities to Malaysians through job matching and placements, skills training, upskilling and career counselling.
“This is not a job-searching platform – we have the MyFutureJobs platform for that. This is a placement platform, ” he said.
“The rate of unemployment rose to 4.7% last October after having recorded a continuous drop in the four months prior.
“To bring down unemployment, HPC is an initiative by the ministry to provide job- and income-generating opportunities.
“In these unusual times, job-seekers are encouraged not to be choosy. Do not make unemployment part of your culture. We now have 20 employers who have put placements on HPC, with 20,000 placements. We are targeting 50,000 but the sky’s the limit, ” said Saravanan.
Tengku Zafrul, in his speech at the launch, said HPC complements the efforts of the government to further bring down the unemployment rate.
“The government has five focus areas: control Covid-19; drive economic revitalisation; strengthen competitiveness; ensure inclusiveness; and transform the economy, ” he said.
“I have earlier outlined that one of our key priorities this year is to create and facilitate more jobs – to this end, we have established the National Employment Council (NEC), which is chaired by the Prime Minister himself, to create 500,000 jobs this year.”
Tengku Zafrul said both the NEC and the Human Resources Ministry had managed to place 110,000 jobs as of March.
He also said that for every 100 people who lost their job, 36 had successfully found employment during the same period.
HRDF chief executive officer Datuk Shahul Hameed Dawood said that companies registered with the fund could also use their HRDF levy to make the placements.
“We allow the companies which want to use their levy to make placements and train those employees using their levy.
“Before this, the HRDF levy could only be used for training employees, but with HPC, employers can now find the right fit, fill immediate vacancies, offer training and development opportunities to employees, address the talent skills gap, and provide Malaysians with the opportunity to connect with an expansive list of coaches and trainers for career counselling and advice, ” he said.
HPC can be accessed via the website https://hpc.hrdf.com.my.