PUTRAJAYA – Employers should reconsider increasing the starting salary of graduates from the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) and National Advanced Youth Vocational Institute (IKTBN) by 10 per cent, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said employers hiring graduates of the institutes were assured of graduates of high quality, capable and confident with their skills without additional training.
“For example, if the starting salary for advanced diploma graduates is RM2,000 then with the skills these students possess, it is only fair to raise their salary by 10 per cent to RM2,200.
“The matter is still being discussed with the employers and we have close cooperation with them, but we cannot force this on them,” he told reporters after officiating the IKBN 11th Convocation ceremony involving 5,071 graduates here, today.
Khairy said the increase in starting salary was part of the aspirations of IKBN Tranformation Programme being implemented, in addition to targeting IKBN graduates employability to more than 90 percent by 2016.
The employability of graduates last year was 83.2 per cent whereby most gained employment within six months after graduation, he said.
Khairy added that IKBN had also signed 10 partnership agreements with the industrial sector, including Petronas, Samsung, Tune Hotel, AEON and Tan Chong Motors to ensure that the fields of study offered in IKBN fulfilled the needs of the industries.
Khairy said to date, IKBN/IKTBN student enrollment was 13,766 and was expected to increase to 15,000 in July. – BERNAMA