41,467 grads jobless as of 2021

THE number of unemployed graduates stood at 41,467 nationwide as of 2021, according to the Higher Education Ministry.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said the figures, which were from the Graduate Tracking Study System (SKPG), was just 14.5% from the total of 286,299 local graduates that completed their courses in 2021.

“To address the issue of unemployment among graduates, the ministry has taken continuous initiatives to ensure multi talents and skills can be given to all of them,” he told Jamaludin Yahya (PN-Pasir Salak), who asked the ministry to reveal the latest unemployment statistics among local graduates and steps taken to address the issue.

Khaled said that among the steps that had been taken included the review on implementation and improvements of curriculum in stages within the period of three and five years.

This is to ensure that graduates will have high competitiveness and employability as soon as they graduate.

Others include the implementation of job matching for graduates through collaboration with Social Security Organisation (Socso).

“These initiatives are implemented through the MYFutureJobs portal or career carnival that were organised by the public higher learning institutions or Socso,” he said.

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