PETALING JAYA: National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is working with Prestariang Bhd to launch a job-matching platform called “Job Matching PTPTN” in a bid to get borrowers to pay up after securing employment.
As of November last year, almost half a million of the education fund’s borrowers have not repaid a single sen of their loans, amounting to RM2.79 billion.
The job-matching platform is a collaboration between PTPTN and ICT-based company Prestariang Bhd, which provides talent and software solutions.
In a statement today, Prestariang said phase one of the collaboration will begin with Job Matching as the pilot programme targeted at upskilling and reskilling of current PTPTN borrowers.
It said the programme will launch the PTPTN borrowers into the job market through a “Place & Train” model, which will include job matching to industry requirements through talent profiling and a series of soft skills and communications training.
“Job Matching is the first of its kind where our existing borrowers will first be provided with a job that matches industry requirements through a stringent talent profiling and thereafter training to enhance their potentials and employability,” PTPTN chairman Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said.
“This will provide immediate job opportunities to seekers and vice versa, provide immediate suited talent to the employment market. This will increase the employment rate and boost the country’s economy,” he added.
Prestariang president and group CEO Abu Hasan Ismail said the group will host Job Matching under its end-to-end student digital engagement platform, called Educloud. It is a single services-based digital platform to support learning, engagement and innovation in education in Malaysia and Asean.
EduCloud is the group’s latest offering via cloud introduced under its successful transformation into a pioneering technology and talent player.
“We are pleased that this is our first project with PTPTN and they have trusted us to lead this initiative,” Abu Hasan said.
Industry partners supporting the Job Matching programme through their industry courses and talent opportunities include Prestariang’s global IT partners such as Amazon Web Services, Alibaba Cloud, CXS Analytics, Encap, MasterCard, Microsoft, OpenLearning, Skillsoft, UNIMY and many others.
PTPTN borrowers can apply to be part of Job Matching through www.jobmatchingptptn.my.