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KUALA LUMPUR – The Human Resources Ministry is conducting a study to determine the starting salary for each employment sector, particularly those involving university graduates.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Richard Riot said the effort was done to improve the salary schemes in this country to keep pace with the current economic situation.

“The study includes job placement from the city to rural areas according to their respective districts. Hopefully, it can be completed in six months,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan) on measures to improve the starting salary of university graduates in Dewan Rakyat today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had stated that all government-linked companies (GLCs) must join the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) to help reduce unemployment.

“Action including reduction of allocation, will be taken against GLCs which did not join or take in apprentices for training under SL1M,,” he said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong) on the measures that can be taken by companies in addressing it.

Riot said the government, with the cooperation of various ministries and agencies had offered many programmes to raise the employabality level of university graduates and youths.

They include SL1M by the Economic Planning Unit with the cooperation of JobsMalaysia, Graduates Enhancement Programme for Employability (Generate) by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad and ‘Golongan Pekerja dan Future Workers’ programme organised by the Skills Development Fund Corporation.

“A report by the Statistics Department said the number of unemployed youths in 2015 was at 273,600 compared to 2014 in with 248,000 or a 1.2 percent rise.

“The high unemployment rate among graduates is a phenomenon faced by every developing and developed country. This group is in the transition process from school life to the job market and need to go through job hunting.”

He said to assist and facilitate youths to find jobs, the ministry implemented initiatives such as creating a portal for employment, establish employment centres at Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) and establish career information centres. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Human Capital Strategic Initiative is aimed to create about five million skilled local workforce by 2020, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem today.

He said this could be achieved through investments in both education and re-skilling of local talent.

“The up-skilling of local talent are pivotal towards improving social mobility and the wellbeing of the rakyat, as a whole. This is where strategic agency partners such as the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which is under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia comes into action,” he said at the launch of Human Capital Strategic Initiative Towards Creating High-Skilled Workforce by 2020 here today.

Currently, there are approximately four million skilled local workforce.

The four initiatives are the 1Malaysia Outplacement Centre (1MOC), the Train and Replace Programme (T&R), the Graduates Enhancement Programme for Employability (GENERATE) and the Rural Accelerated Industrial Skill For Employment (RAISE). – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A total 6,047 workers have passed the 1Malaysia Globally Recognised Industry and Professional Certification (1MalaysiaGRIP) programme to produce skilled workers in specific sectors.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said all the workers had enjoyed enhanced level in skills and trainings in various fields as a result of the first session held from August to November this year.

“The programme is to enable workers to attend courses to boost their skills
and prompt employers to pay them high salaries.

“It offers more than 800 courses in various fields in the form of certifications or acreditations whether via collaborations with approved domestic or foreign acreditation bodies,” he said in a question-and-answer session in Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question from Dr Mansor Abd Rahman (BN-Sik) who wanted to know the number and category of international level certification training which was being conducted with the cooperation of local higher institutions of learning to boost the quality of vocational and technical students.

Riot said the programme, which was also implemented with the cooperation of local higher institutions of higher learnings, was aimed at boosting the skills of the workers in specific fields and their marketability.

In the meantime, he said the Department of Skills Development was in the process of increasing cooperation with international certification bodies to improve and strengthen the quality of workers in the country.

He said it was also aimed at increasing the acreditation and certification of the technical field and skills in line with the government’s efforts to turn Technical and Vocational Training as the foundation to achieve a developed nation status.

“Among the certification and accreditation bodies are The Welding Institute, London Chambers Of Commerce and Industry and Business as well as Technology Education Council,” he said. – BERNAMA