The 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) in UMS received tremendous feedback from applicants who competed for 600 hundred jobs offered by ten companies.
The training scheme was a chance for school leavers of SPM and STPM level to acquire employments as well as graduates.
The scheme changed the life of 45,000 school leavers and degree holders since 2011.
Siti Norsillah Hamzah, 25, and Mohammad Fazzrul Raffaee, who received their certificate in diploma of Public Relation from Cosmopoint, recently shared that SL1M was a commendable programme that accord employment opportunities to the unemployed.
Abdul Lasim Ismail, 45, a security guard in UMS shared the hall where the interviews occur was full and could not accommodate all the applicants.
“I was taken aback when they started arriving at 6.30am. I didn’t expect them to be as early as that,” he added.
A UMS graduate, 24 year old Azrimahwati Murajan who came for the follow-up interview stated that she could not enter the hall since there was no space left and she had to wait outside the corridor.
“My first interview was held in Labuan which also organised by SL1M. This is my follow-up interview for the Aegis Company and I really hope that I’ll be accepted. As we all know, Aegis is a multinational company,” she said.
Siti Jumainah Salamun, 30, urged the relevant authority to organise a similar workshop in order to help the unemployed graduates.
“I was a student of UMS Labuan and had graduated in international marketing. I’ve been looking a stable job for seven years now after my graduation. SL1M is a good programme but it’s not enough to change the society’s life. I think the relevant authority should organise more programmes and workshops on business management for the school leavers and graduates. It’s important for them to know on how to make money from side income during unemployment if they don’t get hired immediately.”
Junior Siam, 28, in praising the programme said it should be held more often.
Marylin Maidin, 25, a graduate from Lahad Datu said each company should grant an allowance of up to RM1000 for their candidates.
“I think this is commendable. I just went for MAS interview and they told me successful candidates will be given RM1400 allowance and RM100 for shift payment. Plus, they will be staying in a hotel for a month before they can find any room to rent.”
Dayangku Nurul Jannah Awang Yusop, 25, from Sarawak said that she had been staying in Sabah for a few days just to attend SL1M and hoped there would be many Sabah companies joining the scheme in future.
“I hope I will get employed by a company in Sabah,” she said, adding that she would not be so keen to join a Peninsular based company.
Hanystevtessia Stephen, 25, who hold a sport management degree from UiTM Shah Alam, expressed her hope that SL1M would be organised in all district soon.
Some however disagreed saying UMS was a good place to hold the interview as it was convenient for them.
Mohammad Fairuq Ab Sak, 24, says holding it in another place would entail him to spend money on accommodations.
Mohammad Safwan Yusup, 28, sport science graduate from UM and who worked as a replacement teacher opined that the government sector should be invited in next scheme.
“I thought SL1M had invited the government sector to join the programme and that’s the main reason why I came here today. I’m currently working as a replacement teacher now and I was expecting that the today’s programme will give me a position in the government sector like SPA but it turned out that all offers were from private companies. I want a stable life and to work with government will secure my life in future. I hope that SL1M will be cooperating with the government to hire people into their sector,” he said.
Mohd. Kamal Rasmin who was studying for his master in management education stated that the scheme should be improving their interview management and inviting more companies to join the programme.
“They open job opportunities for SPM and STPM level and have given everyone a chance, so it’s good. However, they need to have systematic management. I really don’t like to be cut off while waiting for my turn. Inviting more establishments in future will give us more choices,” he stresses.
Vellery Vincent Tian Sim, a 23 a degree holder on music from UMS agreed with the statement.
“Indeed it’s a great programme. They give you a job and training at the same time. But, I think they should be adding up to 15 until 20 companies in future. I managed to go on only two interviews for two different companies which were Sabah Institute of Art and Gain Forlife Academy. This was due to limited choices for a degree graduated like me. I hope there will be a systematic waiting counter on next scheme. Since, there were no number provided and it’s a bit crowded,” he says,
Ovieonna Cyril,22, Jellsie Juileh, 23, both graduates in Environmental Science degree agree that the SL1M was poorly managed.
“Half of the programme management is not well-organised and many of the applicants had directly gone to the interview hall without queuing,” said Ovieonna.
“I’m not really satisfied with this kind of arrangement. There should be no queue jumping,” stated Jellsie.
Mohd. Safwan Saidin, 26, a graduate from Unitar concurred with the statement.
“I graduated in 2013 and I am looking for a job. I hope I get a job soon. The queue jumping should not occur though.”
Zarinah Lisman, who has a degree in international offshore banking, emphasised that there were no technology facilities like cyber café and printer prepared for the applicants.
“There should be an advertisement so that we are well prepared,” she says.
Jenny Justin who holds a degree in education however believed that it was done well.
“There are various establishments involved with many kind of employment opportunities.”
Meanwhile, Head of SL1M Secretariat Norashikin Datuk Ismail said they were not given ample time to organise the event with only five staff to manage the entire programme.
“Only ten companies that had agreed to participate in the scheme and I hope more of the companies will support this kind of programme in future. They can utilise funds from Human Resources Development Levy to train their candidates and the government will also be granting double tax deduction incentives to the participating companies,” she said. – By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.