KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- About 40,000 graduates in the country are still unemployed, based on the 2011 Graduate Tracking Study of the Higher Education Ministry.
Ministry deputy secretary-general (management) Datuk Omar Abd Rahman said they included those who failed to secure permanent jobs six months after graduation but usually were gainfully employed within two years.
"We carry out the study yearly and, last year, the percentage of graduates still unemployed was 21 per cent from public institutions of higher learning, 27 per cent from private institutions, 28 per cent from polytechnics and 35 per cent from community colleges, he said.
He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the National LifeLong Learning Seminar and Carnival (My3L) at the Putra World Trade Centre, here, today.
Omar said a small group of graduates had started working part-time as there were no suitable permanent posts for their qualifications.
Earlier, in his speech, Omar said that this year, the government through 15 ministries had provide 2,612 courses under the Lifelong Learning Programme.
He said that to facilitate members of the public obtain information on the programme, a national-level Lifelong Learning Programme directory for the 2012/2013 session had been developed and would be launched soon by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The My3L Carnival, carrying the theme "Non-stop Learning", will be held for two days from today, with 100 booths set up by government agencies and the private sector.