Grads begin IR4.0 apprenticeship | The Star

SOME 200 graduates will be exposed to the working life in Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0)-based companies.

These graduates from 17 public higher education institutions and eight polytechnics have just received their apprenticeship placement letters under the Industrial Graduate Employability Programme 4.0 (GE i4.0).

They will undergo hybrid training modules covering soft skills and hard skills at the companies for three months.

The initiative, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said during the letter presentation ceremony, would give added value to the graduates.

The Higher Education Ministry said the training provided is not only limited to best industry practices and IR4.0 standards, but also emphasises self-competence to increase the confidence of graduates entering the working world.

“The direct involvement from the industry in training these graduates will provide them with different perspectives, as well as enable them to more clearly understand the demands of the job and the skills required by the industry when they enter the job market, ” it said in a statement on March 12.

These graduates from the class of 2020 hold diplomas and degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and technical and social sciences fields. Some are also 2019 graduates who have not been employed.

The programme, which received about 1,300 applications, is organised by the ministry in collaboration with the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC).

The graduates will be placed in companies within the MTDC ecosystem and will have the opportunity to be absorbed as permanent employees if they performance well and meet the set criteria.

Separately, the ministry has set up a special action committee to address social problems among students.

The committee, chaired by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mansor Othman, has been tasked with studying and addressing current social problems occurring among higher education students.

In a statement on Feb 26, the ministry said representatives from various ministries and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will be part of the committee, together with student representatives from higher education institutions.

The members from the ministries are Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof, Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary.

“The ministry hopes that the establishment of the committee and the cooperation between these agencies can improve character development and holistically address the social problems of students, ” the statement read.

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