More opportunities for youth in own field through development strategy: Rep

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KUCHING: The state government is looking to provide youth with more employment opportunities within their own field, said Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.

The chief political secretary to the Premier said this will be done through the Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 which will address the issue of mismatched jobs in Sarawak.

The strategies outlined in PCDS he said, includes training to youths which brings about future opportunities in the development of digital infrastructure.

“Currently, this is a global issue especially after the movement control order (MCO) where many graduates or youth had to venture outside of their own field (to make a living).

“So now, for them, it is all about surviving. The youth had to take up any opportunity that came in their way regardless of what they studied.

“That is why the Premier came up with this strategy (PCDS)… which is an effort to deal with these job mismatches,” he said.

He said this when met by the media after officiating at the opening of Matang Seafood Foodcourt at Seven-on-Seven Cafe last night.

Meanwhile, the Tupong assemblyman said Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the way of the future, where youths can equip themselves with necessary skills.

“This is because when we look at the developed countries on the ratio of the TVET students and engineering students, it is 70 (TVET) to 30 (engineering).

“This fact alone reflects what is happening around the world and we are confident that both courses – TVET and PCDS – will definitely help the students to land a job right after they graduate,” he said.

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