PUTRAJAYA: Reducing unemployment and creating new jobs top the agenda in the Governmentâ€™s economic stimulus package, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said that with the unemployment rate expected to rise from 3.7% in 2008 to 4.5% this year, the Government would do all it could to provide new job opportunities.
“This was among our main goals in creating the stimulus package. We wanted to focus on reducing unemployment, including among the graduates,” he said at the launch of Graduate Employability Management Scheme or GEMS at the Finance Ministry yesterday.
Najib said about 60,000 graduates were unemployed or faced difficulties in getting jobs and the Government would ensure that the skills and knowledge of the graduates would be enhanced through training programmes.
“I am pleased to know that the Government-linked companies (GLCs) are doing their bit by providing training to some 12,000 graduates over the next two years.
“With everyone playing their role, we hope to weather the storm and work towards reviving the economy.
“However, we all must be innovative and extraordinary if we want recovery to be faster.”
The GEMS programme is a continuation of the Graduate Employability Enhancement Programme or Green, implemented by Khazanah Nasional in 2006.
It is an initiative for unemployed graduates nationwide to be given training and undergo attachments with the GLCs for six months.
Source : The Star