Ministry aims to cut new graduates unemployment

Saifuddin said the government has also set up a graduate employability taskforce. — Reuters picSaifuddin said the government has also set up a graduate employability taskforce. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — The Higher Education Ministry has implemented the Student Marketability Programme, which set a target to secure suitable employment within six months for at least 75 per cent of new graduates.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told Dewan Negara yesterday that three approaches, the Value-added Student Development programme, Employable Graduate programme and Collaboration with Government Agencies programme were integrated for a holistic implementation.

“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, while replying to Senator Datuk Mohammed Najeeb Abdullah who asked about the government strategy on graduates marketibility based on creative, innovate and entrepreneurship values.

Saifuddin said the government had also set up the Graduate Employability Taskforce, as announced during the tabling of the Budget 2013.

In order to match graduates’ qualifications with the national and global job market needs, the taskforce would focus on the requirements in the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) under the Economic Transformation Programme. — Bernama



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