More putting their faith in SL1M
Employers and jobseekers coming in droves to join training programme
MORE employers are participating in the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M), which is a clear manifestation of the programme’s success in nurturing young talents since its inception seven years ago.
–Director-general of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Rahamat Bivi Yusoff, said the growing number of employers was a vote of confidence for SL1M.
–She said this translated into more job offers, which would benefit more graduates and young talents nationwide.
–“As of December last year, SL1M has helped 99,000 jobseekers to find jobs and we are delighted to have more employers joining in.
“We are committed to wooing more companies to help unemployed graduates and youths to enter the job market after undergoing training and industrial attachments,” she said at the opening of the northern region SL1M Open Interview at Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here recently..
The event was special because it was held together with the Agrobased Entrepreneurs Festival 2017, which also offered business opportunities to those with an entrepreneurial spirit.
–The two-day event, launched by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, had attracted 20,000 visitors not only from the northern region, but also from the east coast.
–“I am very happy to see the stadium packed with aspiring graduates and youths. We are confident to fill all 8,000 vacancies offered by 60 companies.
–“We are encouraging more companies to open their doors for the youth and graduates because they have proven their capabilities after undergoing training with SL1M,” Rahamat said.
–SL1M secretariat head Norashikin Ismail said the presence of 4,000 jobseekers in the first four hours of the event proved the confidence that youths and graduates had in SL1M.
–She said based on statistics, 280,000 graduates were still unemployed and the government was committed to resolve the issue.
At the agricultural fair, 70 stalls had been set up for entrepreneurs to market their products.
“I am pleased to see many youths starting to pick up agro-based business as a source of income. The entrepreneurs were selling flowers, vegetables and fruits, as well as processed products."
Norashikin said fresh fruits were always in demand and they could be turned into cordials and jams.
“Those who grew corn have turned their harvests into snacks that are MSG-free. For mushroom growers, they sold fried mushrooms at the event.”
Norashikin said youths were also taking the opportunity to sell fertiliser to organic farmers.
“So, besides looking for jobs, young visitors can generate income on a full or part-time basis.”
Visitors were encouraged to widen their career options.
Norashikin said in Kedah, youngsters could be trained to become a new generation of farmers. The Muda Agriculture Development Authority’s Rice Farming Training Centre was a good place to learn padi farming, she said.
“Nowadays, drones are used to spray pesticides and fertiliser on padi fields. Therefore, this creates a demand for drone pilots, who can earn up to RM2,000 a month.”
Besides that, the youth could also venture into pet grooming.
"A cat groomer can earn up to RM30,000 a month by offering home services.”
Other types of business included selling livestock and fresh seafood.
Bashah praised the SL1M programme as it had helped graduates in many ways.
He said the biggest obstacle faced by unemployed graduates was a perception among employers that they lacked experience.
“But through SL1M, many graduates and youths have proven their capabilities after getting proper training to polish their soft skills.”
He urged the younger generation to value the government’s efforts in helping them secure a better future.
“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is committed to create a better future for the country and the younger generation, which can be seen in the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) plan.
“As such, the youths and the younger generation must take advantage of these initiatives by working hard to pursue their dreams.”
Kedah Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Suraya Yaakob said youths were fortunate that they were able to explore various jobs and business opportunities at the event.
“It is not easy gathering up to 60 employers at one time and the SL1M secretariat has done a wonderful job in bringing them to Kedah so that our youth and graduates can have this opportunity,” she said.
The lively event also featured performances by Faizal Tahir, Kumpulan Zero Maharajalawak Mega, Khalifah Band, Projector Band, Azlan & The Typewriter, Aizat Amdan and Aidil Abdul Ghaffar.
There was an exclusive appearance by Kedah FA players Badrol Bakhtiar and Rizal Ghazali.
Visitors who rode motorcycles to the event also took the opportunity to service their machines for free, which were offered by students of Kolej Komuniti Bandar Darulaman.
Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah watching participants registering for the SL1M Open Interview and Agro-based Entrepreneurs Festival 2017 in Alor Star recently. With him are director-general of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Rahamat Bivi Yusoff (second from left) and Kedah Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Suraya Yaakob (left).
Visitors shopping for products at the Agro-based Entrepreneurs Festival 2017.
Entrepreneurs selling fertiliser at the event.
Jobseekers were given goodie bags after registering.