schemes for laid-off workers and jobless grads
Express, 18 Oktober 2001
Oct 17 - The government has allocated RM300 million for two
human resources development (HRD) programmes to help 30,000
jobless graduates and the 10,000 workers who have so far been
retrenched in the midst of shaky and uncertain global economy.
two programmes form part of economy stimulating package and
are known as the special training scheme for skills upgrading
(STSSU) and the training and attachment programme for jobless
a media briefing to announce the two HRD programmes, the deputy
director general of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the
Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Halipah Esa said: "These
programmes are being organised with different objectives.
It is up to the graduates (unemployed) and the workers (retrenched)
to participate in them."
(EPU) in cooperation with relevant agencies have initiated
various programmes to provide opportunities for reducing the
burden of those affected, while using the slowdown period
to raise future capacity (in terms of the availability of
skilled personnel)," she said.
the April-September months, an average of 4,000 workers were
retrenched every month, while the number of jobless graduates
registered up to the second quarter of 2001 was 44,000.
the objectives of the HRD programmes, Halipah said serve to
ease the financial burden of the participants.
addition, individual participants acquire the knowledge and
experience to raise their "employability" status.
the viewpoint of employers, the advantage of the programmes
lies in their abilty to recruit skilled and productive personnel
to sharpen their competitive edge.
will enable the company as well as the nation to be better
prepared to raise output and exploit new opportunities as
soon as the economy recovers," Halipah said.
STSSU is divided into two streams: training scheme for retrenched
and jobless workers, and the graduates' scheme for ICT (information
and communications technology) and language training.
the former STSSU (workers) scheme, participants can undergo
training for certificate and diploma qualifications at public
and private training institutions approved by the coordinarting
agency, Perbadanan Sumber Manusia Bhd (the human resources
participating in the scheme, trainees are paid an allowance
equivalent to half the gross salary they received when last
retrenched, subject to a minimum of RM200 and a maximum monthly
allowance of RM500 each.
the certificate course, the minimum attendance time is 120
hours while the diploma course sets the minimum attendance
time at 600 hours.
the case of the ICT and language course, graduate trainees
are paid an allowance of RM500 a month or RM20 per day for
the duration of the course. The corresponding allowance for
diploma holders take the course is RM400 per month.
ICT and Language course is divided into two categories: one
for those with a strong background in ICT fundamentals, and
the other or those without such a background.
duration of the ICT course is four months, excluding two months
under training-within-industry placement.
the language scheme, trainees are encouraged to improve their
command of English, Arabic, Mandarin or any other language
in high demand by commercial organisations.
duration of the language training course is six months.
TAPJG (graduates) programme offers training under seven schemes,
namely the advanced studies scheme, the attachment and training
scheme, the teaching assistant's attachment scheme, the attachment
studies scheme, the agricultural entrepreneurs commercial
scheme, the private-sector attachment and training scheme
and the attachment scheme for raising the capabilities of
small-scale and medium-scale industries (SMI) in ICT operations.
first of these seven "graduate" schemes (the advanced
studies scheme) encourages the participating graduate to follow
advanced-degree courses with the help of loans offered by
the national higher studies research fund corporation (Perbadanan
Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional alias PTPTN).
research loan scheme involves the payment of study fees and
cost of living allowances.
duration of the study scholarship cannot exceed two years.
the attachment and training scheme, the graduate trainee wil
be placed with a federal government department or agency as
an attachment employee for six months.
trainee is paid an allowance of RM500 a month (RM400 in the
case of diploma holders).
teaching assistants' attachment scheme places the participating
graduate on attachment with the Public Institute of Higher
Studies (IPTA) in order to further his or her studies to qualify
for a master's degree.
the studies attachment scheme, the graduate is attached to
a government department or agency for a maximum period of
six months. Allowance is paid at the rate of RM20 a month
for the duration of the attachment.
the agricultural entrepreneurs commercial graduate scheme,
the participant is attached and trained in the context of
a successful commercial agriculture project funded by the
national agricultural bank, Bank Pertanian Malaysia.
graduate must pass an aptitude test and will an allowance
of RM20 a month forthe duration of the attachment.
public and private sector attachment and training scheme places
the participating graduate with private-sector firms especially
those specialising in consultancy work in such fields as engineering,
accountancy and surveying, for a period of six months.
is paid at the rate of RM500 a month for the duration of the
the attachment scheme designed to raise the expertise of SMI
entities in ICT operations, the graduate is attached to a
benefiary SMI for three months, receiving a monthly allowance
of RM500 in recompense.
said each of the schemes would be put into practicipation
in the near future.
added that each programme would extend over a period of one
to two years.
work of processing applications for the schemes and courses
would take one month.
added that there was no assurance that every attached personnel
would find full employment with the relevant sponsor at the
end of the relevant training or attachment period.