Yesterday (27 May), DHL Malaysia and Teach for Malaysia (TFM) announced their fifth year of partnership in boosting the employability skills of youth in the country.

To commemorate the occasion, a series of specially-curated workshops and activities will be offered to employees and students enrolled in the TFM programme, to improve their leadership and soft skills.

DHL Express, a part of DHL Malaysia, will also be conducting its Certified International Manager module that will help boost the leadership, mentorship and project management skills of TFM alumni and managers.

To cater to students entering the workforce, DHL Malaysia will be organising skills-based workshops, with modules that will teach youth to craft better resumes, ace job interviews, and improve their presentation skills.

Students undertaking these modules will be given a tour of DHL's facility, gaining a glimpse into the daily life of an employee there. Further, students will participate in lighter activities such as cooking and baking, to hone their life skills.

On these efforts, Julian Neo, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei shared: "The activities we will conduct, such as workshops with DHL leaders, are to share real-life applications to complement what students have learnt in school. It benefits both the marketplace and communities when we help young people build up their vocational and technical experience.

"We strongly believe that all businesses should play an active role in developing employability skills."

In similar news, Malaysia's Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran has urged employers to set agreements with employees, to prevent them from leaving after obtaining skills training.

According to a Bernama report, he said while employers should encourage their staff to obtain skills, there are still concerns about these staff leaving after upskilling themselves, which will in turn affect the business.

To address this concern, Minister Kulasegaran said employers could possibly adopt the same methods used by the government.

"If the government can ensure students studying abroad under their sponsorships can come home to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the country via an agreement, why not we try the same agreement with our workers."

Minister Kulasegaran had also earlier stressed the importance of supporting technical and vocational education and training in upskilling and reskilling, as part of the government's aim to boost skilled manpower to 35% by 2020.

Photo / DHL and Teach for Malaysia