The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) will be introducing several new initiatives that will provide more employment opportunities for youths, so as to reduce the unemployment rate among the group.
According to Bernama, KBS Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said among the initiatives were the Youth Career (Y-Career) and Skill for Youth (S4Y) programmes that would provide job matching services as well as intensive training for youths.
“In conjunction with the national-level National Youth Day celebration here, there are more than 1,000 job opportunities offered through the Y-Career programme.”
“Meanwhile, through the S4Y programme, a total of RM3 million has been allocated to provide 2,000 training courses (for youths),” he said at the national-level National Youth Day 2022 celebration at Padang Pekan Tuaran on Saturday (16 July).
When officiating the celebration, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said the unemployment rate among youths aged between 15 and 40 nationwide has dropped to 5.3% in the first quarter of this year compared to 5.9% in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Faizal said this year’s National Youth Day celebration theme is “Ini Masa Kita” (This is Our Time) and calls on youths to take hold of their future.
He said youths must continue to move forward and strive to improve themselves, especially after the country faced a difficult situation due to the spread of Covid-19.
According to the findings in the Malaysian Youth Index in 2021 for the economic domain, the score for employability was at an unsatisfactory level, namely 59.07.
Thus, Ahmad Faizal said KBS placed great emphasis on innovation based on the industrial revolution 4.0 and efforts to strengthen the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes to meet labour market requirements.
He revealed that the government has allocated over RM25.5 million to strengthen the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the 2021 to 2025 period.