Najib Launches Initiative To Develop The PSD Scholarship Career.
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 22 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday launched two major initiatives to enable scholars Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) plays a major role in driving the transformation of the country.
Called Talent Acceleration Program in Public Service (TAPS) and Talent Attraction and Retention Scholarship (STAR) program is designed to provide attractive opportunities for scholars to develop their careers in key areas through Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Program (ETP) when they graduated, the Prime Minister said at the launch of both the program here.
Also present Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.
He beekata TAPS is an initiative of the JPA as part of efforts to transform public service into a career option, and through this program, the JPA scholarship of excellence, will be selected to handle public policy issues and high priority projects.
"I am sure many of you here admire the service and it is the right platform," he said, adding that this would enable them to participate actively in national policy-making process.
TAPS is a joint initiative led by the PSD with Razak School of Government (RSOG) and the Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) to attract and guide the JPA scholarship holders participate in the public service excellence.
He said through TAPS, smart students will be required of senior public officials who will mentor them.
The first batch of 40 students to excel and it will commence this October.
"It (TAPS) will be expanded gradually to involve the JPA scholarship holders from other institutions of higher learning in Malaysia outside the country," he said.
Scholars who are not selected to join the public service will join the STAR program, an initiative between the JPA and TalentCorp, to fulfill their scholarship, to work in Merced to come-leading companies to drive the ETP.
The Prime Minister said that through this initiative, the scholarship will be given the opportunity to further their careers in important economic sectors, and at the same time, be part of Malaysia's economic transformation.
"In this way, countries get optimum results from talent among scholars to ensure that they are absorbed and guided to contribute to key areas in the Malaysian economy," he said.
To date, STAR has attracted 50 bodies including Bank Negara Malaysia, Khazanah Nasional, Intel, Shell Malaysia, Maxis, CIMB Bank and Teach for Malaysia.
Under the program launched, TalentCorp will assist in the involvement of JPA scholarship holders and employers.
"To the scholars present here today, the results of working with governments and companies in the National Key Economic Areas, you are actually driving the PTK and the PTE," he said.
JPA scholarships holder that interested in TAPS programs can register at www.JPA.gov.my