Students secure jobs before they graduate

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BRUNEI-MUARA

MORE students are interested in pursuing the Energy Industry Competency Framework’s (EICF) Industrial Skill Qualification (ISQ) programme at the Mechanic Training Centre (PLM) as it offers more job opportunities for graduates.

Sheikh Lukman S A Hamid, acting principal of the centre, said employees from the oil and gas industry have already asked the students to start working for them after they graduate.

“We have managed to secure 500 jobs for our students. Even parents are asking about the EICF programme now,” he told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the orientation week opening for the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21) programme yesterday.

The first batch of the EICF programme joined last year in September 2013 and will complete the programme this October.

The EICF was launched in July last year to give opportunities to students to achieve an industrial skill qualification (ISQ) as a scaffolder, marker/fitter, welder and rigger.

During the event yesterday, about 115 students were accepted into the SPN21 programme, with more students expected in the next few days, said the acting principal.

Before August 2013, there were only about 241 students for the SPN21 programme.

“However, the number has significantly increased to more than 600 students for both programmes this year, is the highest recorded number of students so far,” he added.

“We want to increase and promote more students to come in and join both programmes. However the challenge is that most of the students are not eligible for the programme so we encourage them to take the EICF programme instead.”

Sheikh Lukman added that the centre is also currently working to collaborate with more industries and create more programmes.

“We need to have more collaboration with relevant industries to identify what they are looking for in employees. We want the industries to come in and tell us what they expect out of our students in order for us to create a suitable programme for our students to ensure they will be hired.”

“We are currently active in the oil and gas industry but we are also looking into other different sectors such as the automotive industry which we are heavily involved in.”

Those who are interested in joining the EICF programme can apply either in March or September annually, while applications for the SPN21 programme start in July.

The Brunei Times