The government in Malaysia has unveiled plans to help boost the number of young people who come out of education and are able to find jobs in relatively short spaces of time.
Youth employment has been an issue around the world in recent years, and it has been a reason that many young people from Malaysia have chosen to take the chance to relocate to other nations where perhaps their skills are in short supply.
However, the Higher Education Ministry in Malaysia wants to see better access to jobs for those who are leaving their education to help them stay in the country and find a position of work.
It said that it has targeted finding a new job for 75 per cent of graduates who leave their education each year within just six months of them finishing their training and learning.
Deputy minister of higher education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told Dewan Negara that it will do this through a three-pronged approach to help improve the numbers. These three will be the value-added Student Development program, the Employable Graduate program and Collaboration with Government Agencies program, all of which have now been integrated to offer a better level of focus.
"This is to enable the students to obtain suitable employment either from the aspect of qualification and income or motivating students to become entrepreneurs and in turn create employment," he said in reply to questions faced about the help graduates and companies can receive in order to match entrepreneurial nous, creativity and innovation.
The Malaysian government will focus on working with different sectors of employment to try to find out how to better link what skills students are leaving their education institutions with what the key advancing markets in the country require in order to make sure that there are a base of prepared and well tooled workers graduating and ready to fill the positions that are available across the country.
Posted by Fiona Summers