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    Skali to put unemployed ICT grads to work

    Posted by CJCM on October 7th, 2007 | EMail This Post

    By STEVEN PATRICK

    KUALA LUMPUR: If you are an ICT (information and communications technology) graduate and having a hard time getting a job, e-business specialist Skali has an offer for you.

    It will train you and give you a job in the Managed Portal Services (MPS) project, which involves the maintainance and upgrading of the 102 state government and 471 federal government websites.

    Skali announced that it was awarded the six-year project, which is worth RM258mil, on Wednesday and has openings for 4,000 graduates in its training programme.

    Through the programme, called Spike (short for Skali Pioneers and Innovators in Knowledge Economy), the company hopes to help unemployed graduates further develop their ICT knowledge and become entrepreneurs.

    “The trainees will undergo practical training in multimedia and business, programming, IT networking systems, and project management,” said Aimi Aizal Nasharuddin, president of Skali (also known as Alam Teknokrat Sdn Bhd).

    During the first three months, the trainees will be paid an allowance of RM500 per month. Once they reach apprentice stage, they will receive salaries of between RM1,200 and RM4,000, depending on their level of skill and competency.

    The training will be conducted at MPS support centres in Selangor, Terengganu, Kedah, Pahang, Johor and Perak, and has already started with a group of 300 graduates.

    Applicants should surf to www.spike.com.my for more information.

    Aimi said that at the end of the contract period, more than 400 companies would be set up to take over the managing of the government websites.

    “The graduates we train will get the opportunity to become entrepreneurs because they will be encouraged to form those companies,” he said. Skali will also outsource other work to them.

    There is an estimated 8,000 unemployed ICT graduates in the country, out of an overall 150,000 graduates in total looking for jobs.

    According to Skali, the lack of working experience and “very bad English” are the main reasons why there are so many unemployed ICT graduates.

    “If they sign up for Spike, we will be upfront and tell them where they are going wrong so that they can improve,” said Skali co-founder and group CEO Tengku Farith Rithauddeen.

    The programme, he added, is also designed to push these graduates out of their comfort zone so that they will start to strive for themselves.

    Source: Star Online

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