This book contains the proceedings of the 22nd Perdana Discourse Series “Envisioning Malaysia’s Future Employment: Trends Vs Skills”
Publication Year: 2023
Price: RM 25
This book contains the proceedings of the 22nd Perdana Discourse Series “Envisioning Malaysia’s Future Employment: Trends Vs Skills” which took place on 25th August 2022. The discourse featured Dato’ Professor Dr Elizabeth Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group, as keynote speaker, Dr Soo Wincci, Associate Professor, Conservatory of Music, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), as moderator and panellists Dato’ Ahmad Nadzarudin Abdul Razak, Honorary Treasurer, Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Ms See Wai Hun, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), JurisTech, Puan Noraliza Mohamad Ali, Senior Deputy Executive Director, Malaysian Bureau of Labour Statistics, Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
This discourse is part of the Perdana Discourse Series, organised by Perdana Leadership Foundation. The objectives of the Discourse are to facilitate inter-generational knowledge-sharing and dialogue, as well as to encourage interest in public policy and its impact on nation-building.
The entire Perdana Discourse Series is sponsored by DRB-HICOM Berhad.
“Without a doubt, the future is both unknown and exciting. According to a 2017 report by the Institute for the Future & Dell Technologies, it is stated that 85% of the jobs that today’s learners will be doing in 2030 have not been invented yet. It means that we must educate and equip our youth with essential skills to navigate their unknown future.”– Dato’ Professor Dr Elizabeth Lee, on Future Employment Trends
“We also see the increasing importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Moving forward, TVET is going to be very important as industries are relying more on TVET graduates. These sectors include the electrical and electronics (E&E), food and beverages (F&B), as well as chemicals and chemical products (C&C) industries. Meanwhile, many employers are experiencing a slow recovery post pandemic, attributable to the lack of labour, both semi-skilled and skilled.”– Dato’ Ahmad Nadzarudin Abdul Razak, MEF’s perspective of employment trends
“We produce talent based on current requirements. Our economy transitioned from agriculture to manufacturing to technology. When we forged ahead with industrialisation in the 80s, our talents went to manufacturing activities. But how does our manufacturing industry compare? Do we develop original or innovative technologies that can strengthen our economy and absorb more talent which will transform our employment structure?– Puan Noraliza Mohamad Ali, on market readiness to accept new talents
IR4.0 is something that everyone is looking forward to. It is not a question of whether we have the talent, we do. The question is whether our industry is ready to absorb the talent.”
“I realised that it was not a “Great Resignation” but rather the “Great Aspiration”. Everyone now has a different aspiration, not just going up the ladder. People want to learn new things, and we see our people saying they want to do different things and move laterally. So the gig economy doesn’t have to be in the marketplace, it can be in a company as well, where people move around and try different types of things.”– Ms See Wai Hun, employees branching out to other sectors / fields
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