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Ministry committed to addressing job mismatch issues: Mustapha
Published on: Saturday, November 25, 2023
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Ministry committed to addressing job mismatch issues: Mustapha
Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Mustapha Sakmud
REMBAU: The Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) is committed to addressing job mismatch issues in accordance with industry needs, particularly among graduates from higher education institutions, said Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Mustapha Sakmud.

He said the country’s economy is doing well, providing numerous job opportunities. However, some positions may remain unfilled, possibly due to a mismatch between the qualifications of job seekers and the industry demand.

Various initiatives were undertaken by agencies under his ministry, including through various career carnival programmes, the Career Development Programme for Workers in the Informal Sector, and the Continuation of Targeted Wage Incentive Programme, he added.

“We see many job opportunities, but the issue is that graduates’ qualifications may not match industry needs. So, we are working on aligning them through different initiatives. I am confident that even at the university level, efforts are in place to make everything industry-driven.

“We understand the industry’s needs. Our goal is to minimise the number of job vacancies that do not align with the certificates, diplomas, or degrees holders and avoiding mismatches. That’s our focus,” he told reporters after officiating the MyFutureJobs X Madani Students’ Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) 2023 Career Carnival, here Friday.

Also present was the UiTM deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs) Prof Dr Mohd Sazili Shahibi.

Mustapha said several agencies, such as TalentCorp, are actively conducting programmes in universities nationwide to create profiles that align with industry requirements.

“If their qualifications do not match, the Social Security Organisation (Socso) has implemented a career development programme for the informal sector. Even if they are unemployed and their certificates do not match, they will receive training for three to six months so that they can be absorbed as skilled labour,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mustapha said the career carnival programme held aimed to assist university graduates and final-year students, especially job seekers, in finding employment matching their qualifications.

A total of 700 job opportunities were offered by 20 employers during the carnival, including A&W Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Air Asia Berhad, and Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd, he added. 

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