Lowly educated youth a national concern
YOUTH only educated up to primary or secondary school level make up the largest proportion of unemployed people in the country, said the permanent secretary of culture, youth and sports yesterday.
At a Career Week for unemployed former trainees of the Youth Development Centre, Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar reiterated that unemployment is a global issue from which Brunei is not immune, but added that the jobless rate in the Sultanate is relatively low.
He said there were slightly fewer than 18,000 locals in the country without a job, citing research by the Department of Economic Planning and Development.
The largest group in that demographic is youth who had received only a primary or secondary school education, he said.
Dato Hj Mohd Hamid said the government takes this issue very seriously as young people are an important national asset and vital to the country’s development and progress.
He lauded the Career Week launched yesterday by the Youth Development Centre, which he said should help reduce unemployment in the country. He also commended participating companies.
He called on other firms to follow suit, and that participation is part of their corporate social responsibility.
He also reminded participants and jobseekers at the career week that advertised vacancies were a valuable opportunity that should be grasped, especially by graduates of the Youth Development Centre.
He urged jobseekers at the fair not to be picky and said that any kind of work experience will help their self development.
The permanent secretary also advised the graduates to actively seek employment rather than wait for opportunities to arise.
Earlier in June, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos also called on unemployed youth to be proactive in finding work and not to rely on government assistance.
Hj Md Rozan, speaking during the launch of the Career and Entrepreneurship Programme, said: “There are 2,040 registered jobseekers in this country, while another 4,144 are receiving benefits from the Community Development Department (JAPEM).”
He also said the country is faced with the challenge of tackling the growing number of welfare recipients – particularly unemployed youth – in the country.
The Brunei Times