More putting their faith in SL1M

Em­ploy­ers and job­seek­ers com­ing in droves to join train­ing pro­gramme

New Straits Times - - News / Nation - ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI ALOR STAR adie.zulkefli@nst.com.my

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.

PIX BY AMRAN HAMID

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.

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