RM2mil grant to empower graduate talent pool

JOHOR BARU: The Human Resources Ministry, in collaboration with Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp), has launched the MyNext Graduate Marketability Fund Grant, worth RM2mil, aimed at supporting public universities in cultivating a resilient local talent pool for the nation’s development.

Minister V. Sivakumar (pic) said that this grant, allocated to 20 public universities across the country, would play a key role in shaping a brighter future for Malaysia’s younger generation.

“This programme aims to boost student engagement on TalentCorp’s MyNext platform, enhancing the post-graduation prospects of our students,” said Sivakumar.

“The MyNext portal offers user-friendly features that help identify the skills and inclinations of graduates, including those in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.

“This portal incorporates psychometric tools that assist students in pinpointing their personality traits, work interests and employability, connecting them with ideal industry training opportunities.”

He made these remarks during the MyNext Graduate Marketability Fund Grant launch at the Persada International Convention Centre yesterday.

S. Siva Kumar, the undersecretary of the ministry’s policy division, read his speech.

During the mid-term review of the 12th Malaysia Plan, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced that graduates from both public and private universities had achieved job marketability rates exceeding the respective targets of 92.8% and 85.5%.

“This figure underscores the alignment of our higher education programmes with the industry’s requirements,” said Sivakumar.

“It is the ministry’s responsibility to ensure local graduates are well prepared for the job market in collaboration with the Higher Education Ministry.

“Through cross-ministerial cooperation, the ministry and TalentCorp have been entrusted with enhancing national-level industrial training practices.”

He said the initiative would ensure local graduates were exposed to real-world employment scenarios and make them industry-ready to meet the demands of the job market.

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