How jobseekers can make the cut

RIGHT TRAINING: Realign the education system, says employers.

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIANS need to equip themselves with certain skills to meet the challenges of  newly created jobs in the country.

About 350,000 graduates, including Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia leavers and diploma and degree holders, enter the job market every year.

“It is important for these students to have the right training and skills to fill the vacancies created under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP),” said Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced on Tuesday that 21 new projects under the NKEAs were expected to create 40,000 jobs.

Shamsuddin said with a total of 3.3 million new jobs being created in a nine-year period under the Entry Point Project (EPP), there was a “real need to realign the education system to the jobs available” under these programmes.

“This will reduce mismatches and enhance the employability of the new entrants into the labour market,” he said, adding that the service sector would require more soft-skills employees, for instance.

Shamsuddin said it would be unfortunate if all the jobs created under the NKEAs were taken up by foreign workers.

He said as the country progressed towards becoming a developed nation, the use of human resources needed to be re-examined.

“If we perform efficiently in our jobs, we will not need to bring in more people to perform additional tasks in the future.”

Meanwhile, Malaysian Trades Union Congress deputy president Mohd Jaafar Majid said Malaysians would not make the cut of being employed under the NKEA projects unless they were highly skilled.

He said jobs created needed to go well with the local market to ensure that locals were chosen over foreigners.

by Carisma Kapoor.

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