THEY say you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. But during the dialogue between unemployed degree holders and major oil and gas players on Tuesday, the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office (EDPMO) literally brought water to a horse.
The apprenticeship schemes, initiated by the EDPMO, for unemployed energy graduates and those in disciplines required by the energy industry, got a big boost when major oil and gas companies pledged an allowance of $100 a day for the unemployed youth absorbed in their apprenticeship schemes ranging between six and 12 months or beyond.
This is a win-win situation for graduates looking for employment opportunities in the energy sector as they can earn $2,000 a month (working five days a week) with a reputable company and at the same time as Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the scheme aims to provide apprentices with the knowledge and skills that can supplement their current competencies to further enhance employment opportunities for them.
However, the minister added a caveat that it's for youth to decide which scheme is suitable for them and how they take up this apprenticeship. In other words, now the ball is in youths' court. The government and the oil and gas companies have done their bit.
The minister has rightly advised the youth not to take the apprenticeship as a temporary job because through the apprenticeship they have got a chance to work with the best in the energy sector and their endeavour should be to work diligently and responsibly so that the company hires them permanently.
Already oil and gas companies have committed 70 apprentice positions and many more may join in. It's hoped that youth will fully make use of this golden opportunity.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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