KUALA LUMPUR– September 8, 2017: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has suggested to the government to have a registry of fresh graduates from public universities as a means to help them find jobs.
The idea is for this to lead to an internship programme but in a more comprehensive way and for a relative long period to help the graduates acquire better on the job experience.
“While some institutions already have an internship programme, others don’t or are in dire need of improvements to their programmes,” said MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor.
According to him, the community colleges that train students in specific skills do not have the necessary internship programme.
Halim even goes on to say that the programme should be accompanied by a standard syllabus, co-developed with companies, to equip these graduates with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for a working life.
He contends that many graduates, especially from the technical industry, have a hard time finding jobs because they do not have the experience employers are looking for.
Halim spoke on this when asked on Bank Negara’s latest statistics that show the country’s youths unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent in 2015, three times higher than the overall national unemployment rate, and an increase of 1.2 per cent from the previous year.
The central bank report mentions that youths are likely to be the last to be hired and the first to be made redundant due to their lack of experience, higher information asymmetry on the labour market and poor ability to communicate their skills effectively to employers.