The ministry also shared about programmes in place for women looking to hone certain skills, or return to the workforce.
In Parliament on Wednesday (29 March 2023), Malaysia's Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) was asked a question on the Government's strategy to overcome the problem of increasing mismatched skills among the youth workforce, especially women, in and outside of the city areas.
In response, the ministry affirmed that the Government has in place various initiatives to tackle the issue, such as the MYFutureJobs portal to match jobs based on qualifications, skills, experience, salary, and others according to the needs of employers with a job-matching permit. In addition, the following are in place:
First, to increase the level of job matching, Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO) establishes strategic collaboration with several ministries, bodies, and agencies, including the Ministry of Rural Development, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Development Entrepreneurs and Cooperatives.
Second, there are also regular career/job carnivals run throughout the country, targeting new graduates, school leavers, youth, and current employees, as well as active job seekers. Between January 2022 and 24 March 2023, 181,106 youths between the ages of 15 and 30 have successfully found employment. Of that number, 94,426 people are young women.
Third, PERKESO's Employment Insurance System also provides programmes to increase human capital and the marketability of employees through career counseling services, skills profiling, resume writing, mock interviews, language and presentation skills training, and job seminars for job seekers. "Through these initiatives, their marketability will be increased, skill mismatches reduced and new career opportunities increased," it was affirmed.
Fourth, is the JaminKerja-Insentif Penggajian programme, a financial incentive for employers who hire female workers who have been unemployed for more than six months and who are single mothers or housewives who are not actively working. As of 24 January 2023, a total of 10,306 women have found employment.
Fifth, HRD Corp has implemented a Digital Skills Training programme for vulnerable groups, effective December 2022. This programme targets the unemployed and vulnerable groups including women by providing digital skills training so that they can generate income and get job opportunities. As of March 2023, 3,001 women have followed this course.
The above aside, the response also highlighted:
- HRD Corp's online learning platform, e-LATiH platform, provides opportunities for individuals to improve their independent skills and knowledge. As of 31 December 2022, more than 277,000 users have been registered with e-LATiH and more than 740,000 courses have been followed.
- TalentCorp's Women-Industry Network programme provides a mentoring platform for all segments of female talent, based on their specific needs for example, leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and more. As of 31 December 2022, 251 talents have been involved as mentors and mentees through six mentoring cohorts.
- As part of this, there is also the Women Career Convention (WCC) programme which was introduced in 2021 as a platform to facilitate access to job opportunities for women. As of December 2022, a total of 3 WCC series have been implemented and have benefited a total of 2,401 women from various backgrounds.
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