7,000 applicants register for work at oil & gas job fair

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BRUNEI-MUARA

SEVEN thousand jobseekers registered for this employment with various companies during this past week’s Oil and Gas Sector Job Fair 2014 at the BRIDEX International Convention Centre.

The majority of registrants were those unemployed, with 3,378 vying for the 2,000 vacancies at stake from more than 100 companies, while another 2,822 were those already employed.

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 who was present on the final day of the fair yesterday said that the Energy Department at the Prime Minis-ter’s Office (EDPMO) would reach its target of linking jobs with 3,000 locals this year — but said that, together with the Ministry of Education, it would continuously strive towards mitigating unemployment.

“Insyallah, reaching our target of 3,000 is certain, and although we are proud of the progress these job fairs have made over the past few years — we are never satisfied as we look to do as much as we can to reduce unemployment,” he said.

With 2,615 of those registered only having secondary education, the Minister said that the EICF programmes – which a total of 799 registered for during the course of the fair – would offer them a better chance into employment in the industry.

“Based on the last job fair in March, 4,000 registered – 1,999 who were unemployed. Of these, 1,100 secured jobs, while another 250 to 300 secured entry into EICF programmes which will equip them with the relevant skills to make them more marketable,” he said.

A one-stop agency approach will be adopted in the future, the Minister said, for a more efficient application process.

“For applications, we are trying to create the process as streamlined and as user-friendly as is possible. For now, people fill in a form for registration, then for certain companies they need to fill in a separate form. We are working towards trying to synchronise this into one central registration – so it will be able to feed all the information to all the companies.”

The Minister also noted that there was a problem in matching positions with IT and finance gra-duates; after the data compiled showed 904 and 473 registrants coming from IT and finance backgrounds respectively – vying for only 103 total vacancies.

“We have to think outside the box on this – for those with engineering or technical qualifications it is not an issue as there is a demand for these in the oil and gas industry.

“For the IT industry in Brunei, I hope the concept of local business development and sustainable progress is being adopted, and we are still in the deliberating process to see whether there can be bridging training to these (IT and finance) graduates which will allow them a better pathway into the industry.”

The Brunei Times