HRDF deal to boost income target
The Star Online (Nation) : 12/07/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: About 2.8 million Malaysians will be eligible for up-skill and re-skill training by 2020.
This comes with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), an organisation under the Human Resources Ministry, and six employers associations. The MoU will encourage more companies to register with the HRDF for training and help Malaysia reach its target to become a high-income nation.
Currently, two million employees are eligible for training under HRDF as there are only 19,122 employers across three major economic sectors such as manufacturing, service, and mining and quarrying that are registered with it. The number is expected to rise to about 800,000 more over the next three years with the recent amendments made to the HRDF Act 2001.
The amendments, which came into effect in April, have streamlined the eligibility criteria for employers within those sectors that employ a minimum of 10 local employees.
It also encourages companies in those sectors with fewer employees to voluntarily register with HRDF. The MoU saw the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCCIM); the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM), SME Association of Malaysia (SMEA), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FFM), the Malaysian Employers Association (MEF), and the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICCI) agreeing on steps to galvanise Malaysian companies to register with HRDF. Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said out of the 19,000 companies registered with HRDF, more than 82% are SMEs.
This, he said, is only a small fraction of companies that have access to easy and affordable up-skilling and re-skilling training, as there are over 400,000 SMEs in the country.
Riot said Malaysia aims to become a high-income and developed nation by 2020 with a 35% skilled workforce.
“Currently, out of the 14.8 million workforce in Malaysia, 31% or 4.6 million are considered skilled. “This means that we have just about three more years to upgrade the skills of about 700,000 Malaysian workers to hit the 35% skilled workforce target,” Riot said in his speech yesterday.
Riot also said stern action will be taken under the Act against employers who do not register with HRDF once the six-month grace period ends on Sept 30.
Malaysia shares TN50 on labour at international labour conference
Bernama Online (AM): 13/06/2017
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has shared its 2050 National Transformation (TN50) aspiration which offers opportunities to build decent work and stronger labour rights within a universal paradigm of sustainable development at the recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) related conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
Human Resources Ministry, in a statement, today said that Malaysia made an intervention during the Asia Pacific Group of the ILO (ASPAG) meeting, making reference to TN50.
The ASPAG met on the sidelines of the 106th session of International Labour Conference (ILC) to discuss on Decent Work for Sustainable Development.
"TN50 has been derived from the basic essence of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goal, which is poised to transform Malaysia's economy and enhance the citizen's well-being regardless of race, colour and creed," said the ministry's statement. Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot, when delivering a statement at the plenary of 106th session of ILC, shared Malaysia's vision on green technology that accelerates the national economy and promotes sustainable development through the National Green Technology Policy. The ministry said Riot touched on the Green Policy that had been enshrined in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, 2016-2020, highlighting the notable developments that had taken place between Malaysia and ILO on issues of green job mapping, construction of database, capacity development and developing the occupational standards on green skills.
The ILC conference from June 11 to 13 themed, "Work In A Changing Climate: The Green Initiative", brought over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing labour related issues facing the world today. — Bernama
Malaysia committed to ILO’s green initiative — Riot
Borneo Post Online : 16/06/2017 KUCHING: Malaysia is committed to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) green initiative and is focusing its efforts on four levels.
While addressing delegates of the 106th session of the ILO Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Richard Riot named the four broad areas as global level, national level, sectors and enterprises level, and ILO policies and practices level.
He said at the global level, Malaysia would seek to boost the ILO’s standing as the global centre of excellence on current and future implications for the world of work, climate change, and the transition to a greener economy. At the national level, he said Malaysia would strive to enable countries to adopt and implement employment and social policies on climate change.
He said at the sectors and enterprises level, Malaysia intends to incorporate ILO’s core values and practical approaches in industry policy frameworks for environmental sustainability.
Riot further elaborated that at the ILO policies and practices level, Malaysia would seek to increase the understanding and use of recommendations contained in a joint study conducted by his ministry and the ILO on employment, social protection and human resources manpower requirement for green technology in Malaysia.
“Malaysia sees the need for this joint study to be conducted in view of the need to raise the capacity of the government and social partners for a clearer understanding of the prevalence of green jobs across the country as well as to identify entry points for further green jobs creation. “My ministry took a positive view of the outcomes of the joint study and is committed to ensuring that discussions on issues of green job mapping, construction of database, capacity development and developing the occupational standards on green skills can take on a more positive shape in the forthcoming years,” Riot said.
He said in order to accelerate efforts towards greater economic use of green technology, Malaysia pledges “cooperation with ILO in respect of green jobs”.
The ILO conference on Sunday to Tuesday (June 11-13) themed ‘Work in a Changing Climate: The Green Initiative’, brought together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing labour-related issues.
Youths told not to be too dependent on govt for jobs
Borneo Post (Online) : 21/05/2017
KUCHING: Young diploma and degree graduates are encouraged to take up entrepreneur studies or technical skills training in order to get a competitive advantage in the job market.
Minister of Human Resources said youths today should not be too dependent on the government for jobs, given there are already 1.6 million civil servants in the country.
However, the government was working hard to bring down the unemployment rate among youths, especially graduates, in the country by helping them to find jobs in the appropriate sectors, he added.
At the same time, he advised young graduates to also look beyond just being employed as they can also become entrepreneurs.
“That is why the government had asked local universities and colleges to include the syllabus whereby students, upon graduation, can also become entrepreneurs,” he told a press conference after a walkabout around the Job Fair at Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here yesterday.
Riot said young academic graduates should also seriously consider taking up vocational skills training by participating in the Vocational and Technical Education Transformation (TVET).
He said the TVET programmes were aimed at providing technical and vocational education to youth at an affordable price, apart from offering a guarantee of employment upon completion of the course.
He also said although there are about 150,000 unemployed graduates in Malaysia now, the unemployment rate in the country, which is 3.5 per cent, was still manageable.
Riot stressed that Malaysia must have at least 35 per cent of its workforce highly-skilled in order for the country to become a developed nation.
He lamented that as at the end of last year only 31 per cent of the Malaysian workforce was highly-skilled compared to 28 percent in 2015.
“The government has set a target of having the proportion of highly-skilled workers at 35 per cent by 2020.
“To achieve the target, my ministry will strive to attract more youths to participate in TVET,” he said.
Riot said currently there were 1.8 million foreign workers in the country, down from 2.1 million previously, and the foreign workers were mostly labourers in 3D (dangerous, dirty and difficult) sectors, the jobs which were not taken up by Malaysians.
He said the foreign workers made up about 15 per cent of the total workforce in the country, which is still below the maximum of 17 per cent.
“We cannot have more than 17 per cent of our total workforce foreigners and we will make sure that we will not go above that,” he said.
Also present at the press conference were Ministry of Human Resources secretary-general Datuk Seri Adenan Abdul Rahman and state Labour Department director Jack Meredu Ko.