‘Training needed to address demand for bookkeepers’

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MORE bookkeepers are needed in the country to meet the demand of local companies.

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop for jobseekers, Daniel Kumar, Deputy CEO of K-MAS Management Sdn Bhd, said companies are looking to hire more bookkeepers but there aren’t enough jobseekers that possess the skills needed for the job.

“We work closely with local companies, and the feedback we’ve received from them is that they always need bookkeepers,” said Kumar.

“We’ve also been informed by APTK that they would like for us to conduct courses in bookkeeping as there is demand for the course from jobseekers as well,” he said, referring to the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency.

Kumar said that most of the time, graduate jobseekers fail to find employment due to their skill-set not matching the requirements of the industry.

“The reality between what they learnt in school, college or university and what the companies actually need is quite different sometimes, so through courses like these, we will be able to teach jobseekers the skills that companies are looking for.

“We won’t be able to teach them everything they need to know in a day, but we will give the basic foundation for them to understand what they lack and what they need to learn to fully equip themselves with these skills,” he said.

Kumar also called for more local companies to work with the government in providing the training courses for skills that they would like potential employees to have.

“The course that we’ve conducted is part of our company’s corporate social responsibility toward nation-building, but we can’t do this alone.

“We hope that other companies will also have these training programmes to help youths, especially the unemployed, to gain employment and make contributions to the nation,” he said.

Over 70 registered jobseekers from the APTK participated in a workshop on bookkeeping at the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday.

The free workshop, ‘Bookkeeping the Fun Way’, was facilitated by K-MAS Management to equip jobseekers in basic bookkeeping and financing skills.

The Brunei Times