Saturday, July 17, 2010

Government launches new scheme for unemployed graduates

SEGAMAT: The government has launched a special training scheme to equip fresh and unemployed graduates with skills required by the industries.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said under the scheme called Graduate Employability Program (GEP), the graduates would not only enhance their chances of employability but also become more innovative and creative.

The minister said RM10.5 million had been allocated for the GEP and it would be managed by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) under the ministry.

"The GEP's aim is to increase the skills and competencies of graduates to prepare them for the job market with higher salaries and to assist the less fortunate graduates who cannot find employment due to lack of skills," he said when launching the GEP here Saturday.

Dr Subramaniam said the GEP would equip, develop and assist unemployed graduates through six key skills namely, ICT; competencies; transferable skills which include communication, analytical thinking and problem-solving; relevant working experience; exploring new route for their career; and job placement.

He said the target group would be diploma and degree holders who had been unemployed for at least three months after graduation.

"The attachment component provides hands-on learning environment and because of on-the-job experience, it makes its easier for trainees to apply what has been learnt in the classroom to where they are attached to," he said.

He said the government would bear the fees for the graduates who would also be paid a monthly allowance of RM500.

He said on completion of the GEP, the trainees would secure employment almost immediately.

Dr. Subramaniam said to enlist, graduates could download application forms at or send their applications to PSMB. Bernama

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