ARAU, Feb 16 — The 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) undertaken by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) in collaboration with the private sector helps improve graduate employability.
NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak said graduates were given the opportunity to gain working experience through placements at government-linked companies and private companies as part of their corporate social responsibility.
He said the graduates were also imparted with soft skills to enable them to become competent, holistic and well-prepared individuals before embarking on a career in the industry.
“SL1M is a government intervention programme to address the issue of unemployment among graduates.
“It entails communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, teamwork skills, lifelong learning and information management, entrepreneurial skills, professional ethics and moral and leadership skills,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after officiating the graduation ceremony of SL1M participants from Perlis and meeting companies offering employment to them at a ceremony hosted by the Kedah/Perlis Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) here Tuesday.
Kedah/Perlis FMM chairman Datuk Dr Haminnuddin Abd Hamid was present.
Dr Haminnuddin said 122 companies in the North Zone took part in SL1M, through FMM-NCIA collaboration.
“We help shape the graduates to meet employers’ needs by nurturing positive attitude and versatility. Acquiring soft skills is important besides academic achievement.
“So far, SL1M has helped more than 50,000 graduates to undergo training at private companies throughout the country before getting jobs,” he said.