Hot Occupation: Training Hopping!
By Dessy Barnaby
Petaling Jaya -: Endless efforts and government spending in the fight for Malaysian Unemployment;
our government raised their concerns especially for the unemployment rate of our fresh graduates.
Exactly how effective are programs like “Train & Place” by the government in tackling the challenge
of Unemployed Fresh Graduates? With such support and privilege has it been fruitful or has the
“Train & Place” become our fresh graduates’ medium to “training hopping” in avoidance of their
actual employment hunt.
Candidates taken into the “Train & Place” programs are given in-class soft skills training and
apprenticeship placement for a total duration of up to 5 months. Under such conditions, fresh
graduates are guaranteed an interview and job placement without much effort from their end; and
to top things up, a generous amount of allowance is granted for the duration of their attachment.
This great opportunity proposed by the government has soon created a new occupation among
fresh graduates; Training hopping. Among a few challenges faced by the appointed recruitment
agents which carries “Train and Place”, one of the biggest concerns for the recruitment consultant is
having to find fresh graduates who have spent at least 9 months just attending one “Train and Place”
During confidential interview between the candidate and the consultant, the concern was raised for
those who have been “Train Hopping” for a while. Much to their surprise a majority of candidates
find it is easier to hop from one “Train and Place” to another and be content with the no-pressure attachment compared to seeking a full time employment that does not pay much better than their
Now it makes us realize that our government’s effort in channelling and providing solutions to our
fresh graduates will soon become an opportunity exploited if it is not addressed more appropriately.
Precautions need to be taken in drafting out a firmer base for the “Train & Place” program or there
will soon be another hot occupation in the market: Training Hopping