Ten thousand jobs targeted for this year
Thousands of job-seekers in Perak can now register with Pusat Kerjaya Amanjaya or Amanjaya Career Centre in the city in their quests for suitable employment.
At the moment they can register at the booth of the career centre when it makes its visit to the various districts. Later when it is fully operational, it will be possible to make on-line registration.
At its first booth at City Council’s lobby a day after the launch, 400 applicants submitted their registration forms. According to its Centre Manager, Zulkhairi Suber, the age categories were wide, “from fresh school and college leavers to retirees” Zulkhairi clarified that there was no age restriction for candidates adding that “hopefully their service would allow more Perakeans to come home to work”.
The Perak Government launched the free one-stop centre, which is claimed as the first state-run employment centre, on March 21 as a big move to reduce unemployment and dependence on foreign workers.
It is a State initiative via state think-tank Institute Darul Ridzwan (IDR), to act as a liaison between the community and industry to match the skills of employees with the requirements of industry.
The centre will provide advice and help people find jobs that match their individual qualifications while at the same time helping the industry find workers to cater to their need.
It plans to achieve its goals by working together with industry players and the respective institutions of higher education to upgrade the skills of employees by a strategy of re-skilling potential employees.
Various organizations, industries and business esta-blishments have been invited as participating partners to enable them to meet their manpower requirements.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir who officiated the launch also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with 10 participants of its initiative which included the FMM (200 member companies) Perak Youth Council (over 100,000 members) and Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad which will require 2,000 workers when its Hypermarket opens in the future.
Deputy Minister of Human Resources Ministry Senator Dato’ Maznah Mazlan, who was also present, complimented Zambry on his initiative as other than the Human Resource Ministry through Jobs Malaysia “Perak is the first state that has created a one-stop employment centre which provides skills upgrade service which would enhance the opportunities for workers”. Maznah further stated that since January this year there were 30,000 job vacancies “of all categories” in Perak but only 500 were filled.
The Chairman and Director of Twin Creeks Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Hj Rais Hussein, a manufacturer of Solar Cell panels indicated that his factory “would require 300 skilled workers “which we will have to send to the United States for training” before the factory becomes operational in 2012.
Datok Mokhzani Mahathir, the Group CEO for Kencana Petroleum, an oil and gas service provider based at Lumut, stated that “production this year was ramping up and would require 1,000 semi and highly skilled workers in the next 12 months to meet current demand. This is a reason for becoming a strategic partner with the centre”.
The Centre set a target of matching 10,000 jobs for the year.