New programmes will aid locals securing jobs in oil & gas industry

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BRUNEI-MUARA

SEVEN new Industrial Skill Qualification programmes (ISQ) to aid locals in securing jobs in the oil and gas industry will be launched by mid 2015, said Yang Berhormat Minister of Energy.

The courses of Blaster/Painter, Crane Operator, Forklift Operator, Prime Mover/Trailer Driver, Rigid/Heavy Vehicle Driver, Rig Crew and CWI technician will add on to the 18 programmes currently offered under several institutions in the Sultanate as part of the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF).

“The EICF system can now absorb on average 500 applications a year, with the applicants to the programme increasing each year. For this 2014 oil and gas job fair there have been 799 applicants to EICF,” said 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, on the sidelines of the final day of the five day fair which began earlier this week.

He noted that the new programmes will be offered under Phase Two, allowing progress to be “fast tracked, allowing an extra 200 to 300 students to take up these new courses anually”.

The Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) will also be conducting more bridging programmes, which are currently only available for masons and carpenters, based upon demand.

“We are always looking to the needs of the industry as we cannot ask them to take what they cannot afford,” he said, adding that EDPMO would be continuously working with the Ministry of Education and the sector to mitigate the problem of unemployment – and increase the localisation of the workforce.

Brunei Maritime Academy which enrolled its first intake earlier this year, Pusat Latihan Mekanik, Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College, Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School and Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School are amongst the institutions who offer EICF programmes in the country.

EICF was established in July last year to help create a local workforce equipped with relevant skills to make them more marketable to the oil and gas industry.

The Brunei Times