| James Kon |
THE Minister of Home Affairs cited the importance for local employees to aid in the growth of their employer’s businesses to further progressing in their careers.
During a surprise visit to the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK) Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman, Minister of Home Affairs, said, “As employees, we must help to expand the business. After this is successfully achieved, we can receive our pay and progress in position. This will have a positive domino effect as the company will require more staff and hence, locals can gain employment while senior workers receive promotion to higher ranks.”
The minister’s visit to APTK coincided with the presentation of certificates of completion to participants of ‘on-the-job training’, and the signing of permanent work contracts.
Presenting the certificates to participants was the guest of honour, YB Awang Hj Tahamit bin Hj Nudin, a member of the Legislative Council. Signing for the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK) was Hj Shahrul Jeffri Dato Paduka Hj Ibrahim, Acting Head of APTK while the companies were represented by their employees.
The ‘on-the-job’ participants managed to complete the second stage for a three-month period. The positions comprised accounts clerk, admin clerk, admin coordinator book associate, assistant IT and marketing, assistant technician, bakery assistant, HR coordinator, janitor, sales assistant and service crew, among others.
A total of 42 individuals successfully moved to stage three, which is a permanent job placement, and the candidates will receive TAP and SCP contributions including a $2,500 motivation allowance, which will be provided in stages.
Some 17 companies were involved in the contract signing for the permanent job placement namely AEC Sdn Bhd, AES Engineering, Aewon Garment and Embroidery, Armada Properties, Ben Food (B) (Nutribake Gadong), Best Eastern, Borneo United Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Rentokil Initial (B) Sdn Bhd, Satami Food and Catering Services, Syarikat Perusahan Warisan, The Cheer Restaurant dan Trane Aire Sdn Bhd.
Since the scheme began in October 2011, a total of 1,284 local participants and 218 companies have joined the scheme. APTK has conducted 29 batches so far.
Overall, 155 participants have completed the training scheme. Since the introduction of the Training and Employment Scheme (SLP), 666 individuals managed to complete the scheme and three-month work training.