Re-employ retired personnel only when necessary

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE re-employment of some retirees in the public or private sector are done out of necessity and take place mostly in cases where the existing human resource does not have the experience or skills required for the positions, said the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Ministers’ Office yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the re-employment was not done out of one’s own whim and fancy but take into consideration the respective organisations’ succession plan.

Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad questioned the minister on the reason behind the re-employment of retired personnel in the public and private sector, which he said reduces the chances of unemployed job seekers to fill in the positions.

YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin said this was to ensure that the workflow is not disrupted while waiting for suitable candidates to fill in the positions.

The minister added, “Even though the effort to reduce unemployment does not look encouraging, the National Manpower Planning Council will make use of the one-government approach in its manpower planning. Hopefully this will increase the effectiveness of the efforts to reduce unemployment”.

The minister stressed that manpower planning is an important aspect in the government’s plans.

He said this in response to YB Hj Mohd Shafiee who raised the issue of unemployment amongst those with high education qualification.

In his response, YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin gave examples of measures taken in the energy sector such as the National Energy Graduate Apprentice (NEGAS) and the Hengyi Industries scholarship.

The National Energy Graduate Apprentice (NEGAS) was established in July 2014.

“The scheme is designed to expose the participants to real working environment (12 months in oil and gas companies) to enable them to learn and improve their technical and soft skills. Twenty eight apprentices out of 59 had secured permanent employment,” he said.

The Hengyi Industries scholarship, established in 2014 is one of the government’s proactive efforts in ensuring that the company will have local workforce once it began operation in 2019.

Currently, 44 engineering students are under the scholarship which is collaboration between Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Zhejiang University in China.

The Brunei Times