Di­verse job op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer

New Straits Times - - News / Politics -

KUALA LUMPUR: The two-day Youth Expo 2017 at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium, held in con­junc­tion with Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary, saw job­seek­ers vy­ing for more than 3,000 jobs yes­ter­day.

Vis­i­tors flocked to the North­ern Corridor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (NCIA) booth, which show­cased mi­cro-en­trepreneurs from the north­ern re­gion.

NCIA busi­ness devel­op­ment se­nior man­ager Juli Deri said in­stead of just pro­vid­ing jobs, NCIA also wanted to em­power small­time en­trepreneurs by pro­vid­ing RM30,000 grants to help them ex­pand their busi­nesses.

“To date, we have ap­proved 73 grants to small busi­nesses in Perak, Perlis, Penang and Kedah, and we aim to ap­prove an­other 200 for youth, es­pe­cially those in the B40 cat­e­gory,” she said.

Draw­ing a lot of at­ten­tion at the booth was labu sayung maker, Meor Amir­uldin Aris, 34, who had been sell­ing the tra­di­tional wa­ter con­tain­ers for eight years in Kuala Kangsar.

Meor, who ex­panded his busi­ness in Si­ti­awan thanks to NCIA’s help, fas­ci­nated on­look­ers by shap­ing and dec­o­rat­ing the labu sayung.

“Since I have the skills, NCIA taught me how to sell my labu sayung and helped me ex­pand my busi­ness by own­ing a space to store my cre­ations,” said Meor.

The event, or­gan­ised by Umno Youth, aimed to de­velop and en­cour­age youth to im­prove their lives.

The expo’s four com­po­nents in­cluded jobs, af­ford­able homes, skills train­ing and fund­ing.

Univer­siti Sul­tan Azlan Shah grad­u­ate Muhd Fir­daus Azmi, 23, was one of the many fresh grad­u­ates who at­tended the event.

“What makes the expo ex­cel­lent is that the job choices are di­verse. I am happy that I got to ap­ply for five jobs.”

Job­seek­ers in­ter­ested in the De­fence Min­istry can ap­ply at the Malaysian Armed Forces booth.

“We are look­ing for young tal­ents with in­tegrity who are will­ing to give their all to the job as it in­volves pro­tect­ing the coun­try,” said Armed Forces hu­man re­source of­fi­cer Sergeant Niza­mud­din Nasarudin.

“Our booth is not only to at­tract job­seek­ers, but also in­form par­ents on the job­scopes of­fered by us.”

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

Hope­fuls ap­ply­ing for jobs at the Youth Expo 2017 in Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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