Oil and Gas Job Fair records over 3,000 jobseekers

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of 3,613 registered jobseekers were recorded during the two-day Oil and Gas Sector Job Fair 2013 which concluded yesterday.

The job fair, held from November 25, was organised by the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) at the International Convention Centre Berakas.

Meanwhile, 686 individuals were registered for the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) course. The EICF programmes were launched earlier this year, and are the result of collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and EDMPO, with the aim of training more locals to be marketable with the relevant skills in Brunei’s oil and gas sector.

Oil and gas companies which participated during the job fair also received positive response from the public, with all exhibitor booths sharing the same sentiments with The Brunei Times.

Sufina Hj Jumat, Deputy Managing Director of Syarikat Hj Idris Kalong dan Anak-anak (SHIKA) said her company has been receiving a lot of response from the public who are inquiring about their vacancies. On the first day alone, they received about 118 CVs, expecting more towards the end of the fair. She also shared that this year’s turnout was significantly greater than that of the previous job fair.

Meanwhile SHIKA Human Resource Manager, Pg Mohd Jeffrin Pg Mohd Noor said that his company had joined the job fair with the intention of providing job opportunities for potential scaffolders. “We’re here to provide information on the minimum requirements,” he said.

“Being a scaffolder (should not be viewed as a) low-end position but it offers a great and unique career path; if you’re very skilled, you can go to several departments such as HSE and others. Generally our mindset is that scaffolding is low-skilled labour work, but what they don’t realise is that there are career paths,” he added.

Regional Human Resource Manager of SPIE Oil and Gas Services ASP Sdn Bhd, Michael Chong, said they received 250 CVs throughout the job fair. The company’s involvement in the job fair is also to provide employment to locals and ensure employment regional sustainability of the company.

For QEMS Enterprise, the Database Administrator Hazirah Hamdani said they received about 400 CVs submitted by jobseekers. Besides the oil and gas sector, a lot of applicants had sought positions in IT and administrative assistance.

The Brunei Times