Over 32,000 got jobs via Penjana HRDF

KOTA KINABALU, 15 Sept 2020:

About 32,317 individuals have managed to get jobs via the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana), since it was launched on June 22.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said of the total, 1,603 people were from Sabah.

“Through the Penjana HRDF, an individual will not only get a job, but they will also be equipped with the necessary skills.

He noted five schemes were introduced the Penjana HRDF – namely Place and Train, B40 Development, SME Development, Industrial Revolution 4.0, and Gerak Insan Gemilang (GIG).

“Out of these five schemes, there are two schemes that focus on job placement outcomes and income generation.

“The first is the ‘Place and Train’ scheme which guarantees job placement for at least 12 months to the trainees as soon as the participants complete their training.”

Saravanan said the second scheme was the GIG scheme which allowed trainees to venture into and generate income in the economic sector after completing the training.

Commenting on the event, he said 20 individuals representing 1,600 Sabahans who have got jobs would receive the offer letters.

“These successful candidates will start working for a period of at least 12 months with a salary of between RM1,800 and RM7,000 per month.”

But being too selective on a particular location when looking for a job and having poor soft skills have been identified as among the reasons graduates in this country failed to secure a job.

Human Resource Deputy Minister Awang Hashim said, apart from that, failure to get information on the job vacancies which suited their qualifications was also a factor.

“Low qualifications or CGPA also caused employers to be less interested to hire these candidates, besides the mismatch between the candidates’ field of study and the job market,” he said at the Dewan Negara sitting yesterday in reply to a question from Senator Idris Ahmad on the statistics and data on unemployment of graduates with first-degree qualifications since 2015 until July this year.

Based on the 2016 Graduate Statistics Report, Awang said there were 145,800 or 4% unemployed graduates in 2016, 154,500 (4%) in 2017, 161,300 (3.9%) in 2018 and 170,300 (3.9%) in 2019.

As a solution, he said the government had set up the Special Committee on National Employment – whose role was to discuss long-term initiatives to address issues relating to the job market.

The committee was set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of all employee-related initiatives under the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana).

Meanwhile, Awang said a total of 202,117 jobs were offered by employers via the My Future Jobs portal between June and August this year.

The portal was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on June 5, this year under Penjana to stimulate job creations and increase employment opportunities.

To a supplementary question from Idris on the ministry’s initiatives to help higher learning institutions develop effective human resources, Awang said it had conducted programmes such as career carnivals and open interviews, through the Manpower Department, resulting in 7,178 individuals securing employment.

– Bernama