The retrenched, single mothers and unemployed graduates to benefit from new CSR initiative
Needs of three misplaced workforce segments to be addressed in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur | In a move to support certain key segments of the workforce, a new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative was launched on 30 May 2016.
A new curriculum for a critical new breed of Talent Advisors
Kerjaya Sukses Sdn Bhd, the local partner of global HR consulting firm BTI Consultants launched this initiative to directly support three categories of individuals :-
- Category A -High School Leavers or Unemployed Graduates;
- Category B -Executives undergoing a Career Change or in Transition; and
- Category C – Single Mothers or Women Returning To Work.
Findings have shown that the country is losing out on critical talent found in unemployed graduates, retrenched workers, and female labour participation.
According to Kerjaya Sukses’ Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Azizan Ariffin, this CSR initiative is in response to the nation’s existing talent gap that has been aggravated by the current ‘soft’ economy.
Tan Sri Azizan says, “Findings have shown that the country is losing out on critical talent found in unemployed graduates, retrenched workers, and female labour participation. These categories of individuals are a very valuable talent resource but due to economic circumstances have been misplaced.”
This initiative will address the talent and human resource issues that are related to national interests.
Heightened worry over job security
The number of Malaysian professionals fearful of losing their jobs has more than doubled since the fourth quarter of 2014. A survey found that 13 percent of Malaysian employees were worried about their job security in 2015, compared with 6 percent in the previous year.
The total number of retrenched workers have been rising year-on-year since the third quarter of 2014, according to Maybank Research findings. Retrenchments in the oil & gas sector have been on the uptrend since the second half of 2014 and accelerated in the first quarter of 2015.
Specific, tailored-made programmes will address the different needs of these identified segments in facing the current challenging economic climate – free of charge.
At the same time, services industries like finance, insurance, business services, transportation, storage and communications also showed uptrends. The Malaysian Employers Federation revealed that 26,000 people were retrenched in 2015 and more expected this year; while the Human Resources Ministry said, in January this year 5,009 workers were retrenched.
In terms of university graduates, the Human Resources Ministry has confirmed that about 50,000 undergraduates who flood the job market annually end up unemployed yearly.
- According to the Ministry, between 2010 and 2013, unemployed female graduates outnumbered their male counterparts; and
- In 2013, there were 53,282 unemployed graduates, of whom 35 percent were males and 65 percent females.
Specific, tailored-made programmes will address the different needs of these identified segments in facing the current challenging economic climate. These will be offered free of charge as part of Kerjaya Sukses’s ongoing aim to help those in need navigate their career challenges.
The Programmes Offered
Among the programmes that will be offered free of charge are:
- Resume Writing;
- Interview Skills;
- Effective Networking Skills;
- Financial Management; and
- Thinking On Your Feet.
How You Can Register
The following channels are open for registration on a first come first served basis:
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Headline photo (L – R) of Tan Sri Datuk Seri Azizan Ariffin, Chairman, Kerjaya Sukses Sdn Bhd and Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director of BTI Consultants.