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Malaysia – Young workforce is highly employable

11 February 2013

Graduates in Malaysia stand a good chance of finding a job within six months after graduation, according to the country’s higher education minister. He said up to 70% of graduates secured employment within a few months of leaving university.

The minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said: “We are not saddled with high unemployment rates like other countries where graduates remain unemployed for up to two years.” In Europe, for instance, youth unemployment has been on the rise for months with many graduates in Spain and Italy struggling to find jobs.

Mr Khaled Nordin said the Malaysian government ensured graduates remain highly employable, especially through the Graduate Career Accelerated Programme (GCAP). This is a six-week training scheme aimed at upgrading graduates’ skills set. According to the minister, the scheme took off in 2008 as a pilot project. 90% of the 3,000 students participating in the programme find a job after completion, he added. 

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