Over 900 request JAPEM’s employment services

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 900 people have requested employment services from the Department of Community Development (JAPEM) over the past five years.

With this, JAPEM is calling on jobseekers registered at its Employment Unit to make full use of its empowerment programmes.

“The target group registered at JAPEM and that have requested employment services from JAPEM since five years ago has reached 993 people,” Noryani Hj Abdul Rani, assistant director of the Employment and Entrepreneurship Section at JAPEM, said in an e-mail interview over the weekend.

In addition, Noryani said as of December last year, there were 6,478 heads of households receiving monthly welfare benefits (BKB) from JAPEM.

She said the poverty eradication initiatives carried out by JAPEM aim to empower the poor with capacity building and skills training for income generation that can be gained through entrepreneurship and employment.

Under this initiative, JAPEM runs a multi-stakeholder programme called the Community Empowerment Programme (PPK) which offers skills training including entrepreneurial and self-development skills so the participants can get jobs or start small businesses.

This year, JAPEM under the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports is continuing its three-month Community Empowerment Programme which was launched in October 2013.

The fifth phase of the Community Empowerment Programme, launched on January 11, currently has 19 trainees taking courses in computer and office administration, cooking, catering and pastry and beauty therapy.

To participate in the programme, a trainee must be a citizen or permanent resident of Brunei, no more than 45 years old, a recipient or member of a family that receives JAPEM’s monthly welfare benefits, unemployed and willing to undergo mandatory courses.

So far, four phases of the Community Empowerment Programme have been carried out since it was launched.

Noryani said since the programme was first launched, a total of 100 trainees had attended the sessions. Of these, 24 had participated in the computer and office administration course and 62 took the cooking, catering and pastry course, while seven attended the beauty therapy course and the technology and fashion design course, respectively.

Of the 100 that have completed the empowerment programme, she said 13 former trainees are now employed, 21 are self-employed and starting small businesses such as selling food items and three others are continuing to attend courses at the Youth Development Centre.

“A total of 10 former PPK trainees have been given grants in the form of equipment to start businesses. The allocation for the grants given to them are each worth $2,000,” she said.

Besides the Community Empowerment Programme, a workshop was held last year on creating a curriculum vitae for jobseekers registered at the employment unit of JAPEM’s Employment and Entrepreneurship Section. The workshop, which was held in collaboration with the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK), took place twice in 2015, she said.

“Every opportunity provided by the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, should be taken up and fully utilised to improve one’s life,” she said.

The Brunei Times