Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Hypermarts Help Implement Graduate Training Programme - Excellent Idea.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, in collaboration with six hypermarkets, is implementing a training and recruitment programme to reduce the number of jobless graduates.

The six hypermarkets are Carrefour, Giant, Tesco, The Store, Jaya Jusco and Makro.

Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal said: "For this year alone, we will train about 700 unemployed graduates and next year 1,500. "They will be trained for six months before getting a job," he told reporters after his ministry's monthly assembly, here Tuesday.

He said the programme would give an opportunity for the graduates to get proper training and work at the hypermarkets or venture into the retail business. At the same time, the hypermarkets also needed skilled workforce to run their chains nationwide, he added.

"There is a need by the business community to have qualified and skilled people and those with the right qualifications. That's why we need to match their qualifications with the needs of the industry and business community. "But of course, there is also a need for people without tertiary qualifications like Form Five-leavers," he said.

Jobless graduates interested to join the programme can apply directly to the hypermarkets or through the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

**** This is truly a win-win situation and should be encouraged. If it proves to be successful then it should be emulated by other players in the private sector. Kudos to the ministry for thinking up this great idea.

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