Malaysia targets to create 50% workers who are highly skilled by 2020, says Human Resource Deputy Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan.
She said currently, the country only had 28% highly skilled workers from its total 11.8 million workers.
"As such, the government seeks to empower and to mainstream the range of skills in this country in order to achieve the target of 50% highly killed workers by 2020," she said after opening the National Supervision Convention 2011, here, Wednesday.
She said to achieve the target, the Public Service Department (PSD) had recognised certain skills and approved and created a scheme of service for 13 positions, which had been submitted by the Human Resource Ministry.
The 13 are draughtsman, make-up artist, motor vehicle inspector, photographer, musician, handicraft-making instructor, assistant training officer, computer technician, fisheries assistant, land scheme supervisor, vocational training assistant officer, audiovisual expert and boutique supervisor. Maznah said graduates of skills training centres could work in the public sector with the recognition given to the list of selected skills.
"With this scheme of service available, those skilled workers who have been working in the private sector or are self-employed can now work in the public sector," he said.
Maznah said Singapore currently had 50% highly skilled workers, Taiwan and Hong Kong with 40% and Japan, 70% to 80%.
Earlier, in her speech, she said supervisors played an important role in an organisation in developing human resources, and they were also an important link between management and the staff.
A total 255 supervisory personnel attended the two-day convention, which started today.
The convention, themed "Transformation Towards High Performance", is aimed at empowering supervisory personnel as agents of transformation at the operational level to produce work of high quality.