Govt to in­crease skilled work­force to 35pc to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity, says PM

New Straits Times - - News -


PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak wants more high-skilled work­ers to boost the na­tional pro­duc­tiv­ity rate from 2.3 to four per cent an­nu­ally, and spur Malaysia to be­come a de­vel­oped econ­omy by 2020.

Speak­ing to stu­dents and teach­ing staff of WIT Col­lege here yes­ter­day, Na­jib said high­skilled work­ers formed 28 per cent of the coun­try’s work­force and the gov­ern­ment was plan­ning to in­crease it to 35 per cent in three years.

He said the need for high­skilled work­ers cor­re­lated with the as­pects of high per capita in­come, level of em­ploy­a­bil­ity and ed­u­ca­tion.

Na­jib added that the gov­ern­ment had al­lo­cated RM4.6 bil­lion in the 2017 Bud­get to de­velop tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion, and train­ing pro­grammes na­tion­wide.

“We want our work­ers to be equipped with bet­ter skills and mul­ti­tal­ented. These high-skilled work­ers will con­trib­ute to a higher pro­duc­tiv­ity rate.

“If we have work­ers who are not highly skilled, in­clud­ing those in re­tail, then they will only earn what can be con­sid­ered as low in­come.”

Later, Na­jib an­nounced an al­lo­ca­tion of RM4 mil­lion to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties at WIT Col­lege.

WIT, or pre­vi­ously known as Work­ers’ In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, was set up by the Trans­port Work­ers’ Union in 1977.

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