Filling vacancies in unpopular sectors

One reason for the perpetual shortfall of applicants for some jobs is the perceived gap between the effort and cost required in attaining the relevant qualifications and the benefits the jobs offer ("Mismatch between vacancies and jobs sought worries experts"; Feb 4).

To fill vacancies in unpopular sectors, the Government should step in to provide course subsidies and grants for the relevant diploma or degree. This will encourage graduates to be less choosy in finding employment.

Companies, too, can offer scholarships with bonds, so that more students will fill the vacancies after graduation.

Teng Hau Wei, 17, first-year polytechnic student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2016, with the headline 'Filling vacancies in unpopular sectors'. Print Edition | Subscribe