This program is prepared to address the issue facing the country today; unemployed graduates. This problem has affected the job market among graduates since more than five years ago where the yearly figure lingers around 60,000 to 70,000 people. This number is both staggering and worrying in the context of the rest of the job market. To quote the Sunday Times March 20, 2005, it is a wonder that a country like ours can attract so many foreign workers cannot offer its own graduates with jobs. Additionally, if nothing serious and systematic is done about it, this will soon become a permanent trend.
There are many factors said to affect these new and promising graduates and among the top of the list is lack of work experience. While it is unfair (naturally because they are fresh, how would they have job experience?) we need to think and systematically prepare them for the job market. Thus, although they lack the work experience, they will be able to make up in a systematic training to prepare them in the areas of competency.
Studies have also shown that most of the time lack of communication skill, negative attitude projection and poor soft skills also contribute to this problem. And every year of the 100,000 or more graduates produced in this country more than 40 percent fall in this category.
Currently the government has initiated a move to hire 30,000 of the unemployed graduates but that still leave around 30,000 more graduates without work. Even the Public Service Department has committed itself to cut short its process of recruitment to facilitate the speedy procedure of taking in these unemployed graduates.
Apart from the above reasons, another main reason for this recent influx of graduates is due to the universities not preparing them for the jobs as far as curriculum is concern. While this is a problem, universities being who they are, has to be somewhat academic notwithstanding the outcry for a more pragmatic approach to train the graduates of today in meeting the demands of the workplace.
Internationally, countries like Germany, Italy and the UK are having internship programs to address similar problems in their respective countries. Currently, there are quite a few companies that are making real effort in having their internship program in Malaysia. One example being Perodua that runs a 14 months internship program where the participants go through a systematic program to prepare them for the mainstream workplace. However, real and concerted efforts such as this is far and few between in our country. Many organizations give the unemployed graduates meaningless and repetitive jobs that hardly train them in anything let alone provide them with any valuable skill and work experience.