EICF yields 24 women welders
THE Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) has yielded Brunei’s first batch of 24 women welders with 6G qualifications – considered the gold standard of the welding profession.
The women are part of hundreds of locals who have been trained under several programmes initiated by EICF – formally launched in July last year with the aim of providing “the right training to school leavers to be duly employed in meaningful jobs”, according to the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar.
Speaking at the opening of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office’s 2014 job fair for the oil and gas sector yesterday, the Minister highlighted that the first 244 graduates to receive the Industrial Skill Qualifications were now working in nine different companies across the industry.
“Currently there are 741 students in training under the EICF’s Industrial Skill Qualification (ISQ) and Higher National Technical Education Certificate programmes.
“Of these, 366 students have been given conditional offers of employments (COEs) from several companies,” he said, adding that he hoped the remainder of students would seize opportunities at the fair to secure COEs.
The Brunei Maritime Academy which began enrolling earlier in April has 233 students – 151 who have already secured COEs.
Thirty-three locals are also expected to join the National Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme (NEGAS) - which targets unemployed HND holders to provide them with real work experience - by the end of the year, adding on to the 18 graduates who were part of the first intake earlier in July.
In highlighting the shift towards localisation of the workforce, the Minister said that companies are beginning to realise the benefits of employing locals and providing them further training, which adds value to the company and develops the nation’s economy.
He reiterated that it is paramount for those newly engaged by the industry to “prove to themselves and their employees that they are worth of the golden opportunity that they have been given”.
The Brunei Times