A private company based in Kuala Lumpur is conducting an interesting training programme in Johor called “Character and Attitude Training”.
The programme is targeted at 1,500 Malaysians – graduates, unemployed, retrenched workers and existing employees, according to the firm’s website.
It is part of a so-called “Skill Enhancement and Employability Development (Seed)” programme, which is a “capacity building initiative by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) intended to equip the talents in Johor with soft-skills as well as technical skills to increase the employability of the unemployed and performance of the existing talents in the Region”, according to a letter from the firm to participants.
The main objective of the programme, according to the website, is “to develop, attract and retain the right talents and skilled workforce to support Iskandar Malaysia economic activities and development in three economic clusters Electrical & Electronics, Petro & Oleochemical and Healthcare & Hospitality”.
And what’s the best part of the training, for many participants?
The actual training is about three to five days, but participants get paid RM500 per month for three months after that.
Interestingly enough, one whole page of the letter to participants is devoted to the Dos and Don’ts of the dress code, during the training. For instance, formal attire is a must for the first day of training. For women, the list of Don’ts includes no tank tops, hotpants, Bermuda shorts or other revealing attire, no excessive accessories, no torn panty hose(!), no sandals, sneakers, slippers or clogs. For the subsequent ‘smart casual’ days, no cargo pants, cropped pants, track bottoms, leggings or hotpants, no bell bottoms(!), carrot cut or hipsters. There is a separate list of Dos and Don’ts for men. But bell bottoms?!
After the training, a “Candidates Care Consultant will liase with you directly within the next two months for coaching and mentoring phase of the Programme”, said the letter. This covers the “bridging the gap programme and on-the-job training (job placement) supported by career coaching and mentoring”, according to the firm’s website.
An employee at the firm said the training covers personality, stress management, some assignments, coaching and mentoring.
Let’s see now: If they get 1,000 participants to be paid RM500/month for three months… well, you work out how much the firm needs to spend.
And how much is the IRDA spending for this?
Note: this is not just meant for unemployed workers but also existing employees.
Maybe I need to get my character and attitude trained too. If only I lived in Johor.