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12,000 job offers from Kepak 2013


THREE-DAY EVENT: Opportunities for work as well as skills improvement in various fields

NUSAJAYA: THE three-day Career, Entrepreneurship and Skills Carnival (Kepak), which begins today at the Pasir Gudang Town Centre Complex, here, will offer local folk more than 12,000 job opportunities in various fields.

The annual event, in its third year, is a joint effort by the Johor Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), Iskandar Regional Development Authority, and several govenment agencies and non-governmental organisations such as the Skills Development Department, Majlis Amanah Rakyat and Jobs Malaysia Centre.

Johor UPEN sectorial development deputy director, Dr Badrul Hisham Kassim, said Kepak 2013, involving participants from the private and public sectors, will be held from 11am to 9pm.

"There will be job opportunities in Iskandar Malaysia, mainly in the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) in Pengerang," he said.

"This fair will be of interest not only to job seekers but also those who want to improve their skills.

"We are confident of attracting not only youths and fresh graduates, but also housewives, single mothers and retirees, as it is also a platform for business networking."

Dr Badrul Hisham added that after the three-day event at the Pasir Gudang Town Centre Complex, similar programmes will be organised in the Angsana Johor Baru Mall and Persada Johor International Convention Centre, in May and September respectively.

"When the carnival was held in 2011 and last year, there were turnouts of more than 80,000 visitors, and some 5,000 applications of jobs were received with 2,000 applicants being called for interviews," he said.

Dr Badrul Hisham Kassim says Kepak 2013 will be of interest not only to job seekers, but also those who want to improve their skills. Pic by Hairul Anuar Abd Rahim

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