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Retraining unemployed graduates through entrepreneurship program

Baba Masita, Mohamad Ali and Misdi , Masita and Kaprawi, Noraini (2010) Retraining unemployed graduates through entrepreneurship program. In: Persidangan Kebangsaan Pendidikan Kejuruteraan dan Keusahawanan 2010, 25-26 September 2010, Kota Bahru, Kelantan.


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Unemployment among graduates can be considered as one of the world problems. In Malaysia, this problem is more apparent after a recent global economic downturn, which has affected the demand of service and products. Many companies are freezing the recruitment of new staff, and some have opted to lay off their workers. As new graduates are flooding the job market, something needs to be done to overcome this phenomenon. One of the alternatives is through retraining of these graduates with new skills sought after by the industries. As globalization heightens the importance of human capital as a competitive asset, retraining facilitate the strengthening process of human capital, in order for higher growth economy to takes place. In conjunction with the vision of Malaysia in strengthening the workforce, especially in the role of training and retraining, universities have always been playing its part in providing supports to any organization, public or private, by offering advanced training programmes to skilled workers. Technical universities such as University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) is committed in the training and retraining of skilled workforce with specific attention given to both intellectual and generic skills through hands-on approach. With dual-system training approach implemented in teaching and learning activities in the university, UTHM is recognized in producing and developing competent professional workforce and highly skilled human capital. Through its Continuing Education Centre (CEC), UTHM has been successful in organizing the Industrial Skills Enhancement Program (INSEP) for unemployed graduates which are fully funded by the Ministry of Finance since 2004. The 7 month program can be divided in the first 4 month industrial and professional development program at the university, and a further 3 months industrial training at the relevant industries. The 2 core areas focused in INSEP are specific industrial skills and generic skills. Entrepreneurship seminar is one of the comprehensive programs embedded in INSEP professional development programs aimed at fostering sustainable entrepreneurship and robust competitiveness among the candidates, so as to prepare them for the world of work. This paper will discuss about UTHM experience in retraining unemployed graduates with embedded entrepreneurial skills. A study has been done to assess the strength and capability of this program in improving students‟ generic skills with entrepreneurship as one of the criteria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 07:38
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:57
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/3174
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