Preparing Perak’s Human Capital

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L-R: Speakers Prof Dato Dr Mohd Ghouse, USM, Dr Mazlan, IDR, Aminudin Hashim, IDR, Abdul Wahab ex-HR director Nestle, Czarina Alia, Talent Solutions, Neela Mehan HR Ministry

The Perak State government has set a target of a minimum of 10,000 new jobs in the state this year. To achieve this, it has initiated the creation of a career placement centre to match the employees with the requirements of employers.

These plans were announced by Institute Darul Ridzuan, Chief Executive Aminudin Hashim during the recent forum organized by the Perak Economic Council. The forum entitled “Preparing Perak’s Human Capital for The New Economy” saw speakers from PSMB Ministry of Human Resource, USM, UPSI and Talent Solutions addressing the floor. The forum which was attended by Heads of Government Departments, GLCs, NGOs and students focused on the supply, demand and deve-lopment of human capital.

According to Aminudin the centre will be launched sometime in March this year. It will be located in Ipoh but will operate at district level.

The purpose of the centre is generally for creating employment and job matching of employee skills to employer requirements. Its other goal is to create high income jobs which in turn will address the issue of retaining university graduates in the state.

Acknowledging that 80% of the work force that is being generated each year are SPM leavers, the initial employment will be in the low to medium category.

Subsequently, the centre plans to work with the respective institutions of higher education to upgrade the skills of employees. Its strategy to achieve this is to “upskilling and reskilling” potential employees, a strategy applied successfully during economic downturns.

The sectors for employment were in marine and shipbuilding, wholesale and retail, manufacturing, automotive, food and service industry.

JAG

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  1. A business partner from Singapore was exploring the idea of starting a factory to produce a green technology product in Malaysia. He asked me about Iskandar Johor and I invited him to come to (Seri) Iskandar Perak. He came to Ipoh, met with government investment agencies and visited the location. He asked whether getting capable workers would be a problem. I, of course, replied that there should be no problem at all. Later a senior government officer asked how I could be sure that there would be enough workers because factories at Kanthan FTZ find it difficult to hire workers. There are not enough workers because most of them prefer to KL/Selangor, Penang, Johor and Singapore where they can earn higher salaries.

    So the jobs are already there but not enough workers to be hired. This meant that new factories will find it even harder to get workers. Training workers is one thing but keeping them to work in Perak is another thing. How does the state government plan to do this? Unless there is a employment bond that mandates the trainees to work for specific companies after their training, most of them would leave Perak for better pastures elsewhere.

    The state government seems to overlook the lifestyle aspect with regards to attracting or retaining knowledge workers. These workers can go anywhere to find jobs. So merely offering a high pay is not enough. Knowledge workers also consider their environment and facilities. A back-water city like Ipoh can hardly offer excitement and recreation found in KL, Penang or Singapore. This reason is also why the younger generation leave Ipoh — to seek bright lights.

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