TVET urged to meet industry needs
GREATER efforts from the private sector and technical vocational training education and training (TVET) institutions are required to ensure more efficient employment match-ups, said the Acting Commissioner of Labour.
Hj Rani Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof was addressing participants of the TVET Graduates' Market Day launched yesterday at the Conference Centre in Kuala Belait.
In his speech, he pointed out the attitude and interest of TVET jobseekers as an area for improvement, while encouraging locals to “think outside the box” to access a wider career scope not reliant solely on salary.
He also urged employers to be more proactive and inculcate in their employees strict work ethics and discipline to heighten productivity in an increasingly competitive business environment.
“Genuine support from employers in giving job opportunities to our own is needed… such as the participation of the private sector through collaboration with government initiatives or training schemes with local employees,” said Hj Rani.
“The government encourages employers to provide more than the minimum required under the laws, specifically the Employment Order 2009, by being more generous and provide incentives and interesting packages to their workers.”
Pg Hassani Pg Hj Tajuddin, speaking on behalf of event organisers Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering (MKJB), said an additional purpose of the Market Day was to match graduates with companies for jobs not directly related to the energy sector.
“This is our second time organising such an event, following on from the inaugural event which was done in collaboration with the Energy Department at the Prime Minister's Office, for Higher National Technical Certificate graduates mainly related to oil and gas,” said Pg Hassani.
He explained participants were geared towards sectors such as catering, engineering and automotive engineering for TVET graduates, given that these graduates were not able to easily access the jobs due to a shortfall in direct linkages between students and the industry.
He went on to say that organisers had recognised employment challenges from the first Market Day and used the lessons learnt to improve the second event.
“We're using the same concept in a different sector… this is targeted for diploma and skill certificate groups. We have a very good bonding with the industry. So far, we have managed to send students for industrial attachments with these companies… (as a result) our graduates are more marketeable.”
The Brunei Times