The Human Resources Ministry is studying new mechanisms to train those who have been left unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said its deputy minister Awang Hashim.

He said the study conducted in collaboration with several relevant agencies under the ministry would be looking at skills required by the industries including Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.

"Under the new norms, people need to be prepared to accept and learn various skills in line with the needs of the industries.

"We will train these people so that they will have additional skills and become value-added candidates.

"If before, we employ and train them, but now we find them a place and later train them. With this new concept they will not end up as failures or return to their villages to remain unemployed,” he told reporters after handing over contributions to mosques in the Pendang parliamentary constituency here yesterday.