KUCHING: A total of 214 interns under the state government’s Graduate Enhancement Training Sarawak (GETS) 4.0 programme have been offered employment opportunities.
State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion said while this represented only 20 percent of the total interns under the programme since 2019, it showed progress in fulfilling the goals of the programme.
“From the reports, we have found that from 2019 to 2021, 20 percent or 214 interns have been offered jobs by companies such as Petronas, Sains, SMA, SDEC, Sacofa, SEB, SEDC, LCDA, SMG, Longi, Oceancare and many more.
“Six percent or 65 interns were employed by the companies they were attached to. This means that the main objective of this programme is slowly being achieved,” he said at the launch of GETS 4.0 yesterday (Sept 15).
Jaul said the programme which was initially launched in 2016 lasted for two years until 2018 with a total of 109 interns absorbed by the GETS partner companies.
He said with the five-year Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy (2018 – 2022) launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in 2018, a more structured approach to cultivate talent development in the state was designed.
“GETS 4.0 is a 12-month on-the job training where graduates will be attached to selected agencies based on their educational background.
“It is to enhance new working skills, such as English as a medium of communication at the workplace and to up-skill the graduate’s competencies to be in line with the digital economy strategy and future workplace requirements,” he said.
Jaul said the first cohort kicked off in 2019 with a total number of 535 applications from both science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM background.
“After going through the required assessments, 321 had passed and were attached at the government agencies, government-linked companies (GLCs) and the private sector.
“Cohort 2 commenced in 2020 and Cohort 3 in 2021 with a total of 301 and 437 interns respectively, being attached at various industries.
“The majority are in Kuching, but there are a number of these interns being attached at Resident Offices in every division as well as at the digital community centres in the rural areas,” he said.