KerJaya ECER Programme Gets 1500 Employed

6/23/2010 — BERNAMA
The KerJaya ECER human capital development programme, introduced by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) last year, has successfully helped 1,500 be employed.
A statement by ECER today said the programme, which attracted 5,126 participants and 353 companies throughout the ECER region to date, had enhanced the skills of graduates and job seekers and provided them with employment at participating companies.
Currently, 111 companies have been approved and registered for the KerJaya ECER Programme which consists of the Graduate Placement Opportunity Programme (GPO), Employee Placement Programme (EPP) and Skills Training Programme (STP).
The programme was launched in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan in December 2009, January 2010 and March 2010 respectively.
PASDEC Holdings’ human resource manager Khatijah Majid, said the programmes have helped Pahang-based company in hiring the right employees while Lee San Ming, general manager for Rohm Wako Electronics in Kelantan, said the financial assistance and services provided by ECERDC has helped the company to slash its costs in hiring and training new employees.
The success of the KerJaya ECER Programme was also acknowledged by fresh graduates and job seekers with Lee Gee Ming, an engineering graduate from Universiti Pahang Malaysia, saying he was offered a position which matched his qualifications and paid twice as much as his previous job within half a month after registering for the KerJaya ECER Programme.
Fresh graduate Nor Zahraa Zahari, who is now working as a civil and structural engineer at an engineering consultancy, said she was very happy with her job which she clinched within a month after registering with ECERDC.
ECERDC’s chief executive officer Datuk Jebasingam Issace John said the KerJaya ECER Programme was a significant initiative for ECER as it helped the region’s workforce to be competitive and employable in today’s fast-changing workplace.
The programme is a part of the RM7 billion economic stimulus package announced by the government in November 2008. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the ECER has been allocated RM40 million for skill training.