Locals take on career as heavy machinery drivers, riggers

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BELAIT

LOCAL logistics company MOC recently recruited four heavy vehicle drivers and three riggers from Pusat Latihan Mekanik (PLM) and the Youth Development Centre (PPB) to man their vehicles which transport equipment for Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) companies.

The seven locals began their probation this week, having already spent two to three months at MOC in Sg Duhon, Kuala Belait, as part of their course's industrial placement requirement.

Deputy Managing Director of MOC Hj Mohd Deli Bakar yesterday said the group indicates a small but growing trend for locals to take up heavy vehicle driving, an occupation previously dominated by foreigners.

“Having been in the logistics and transporting business for more than 20 years, we have usually struggled to find local drivers and relied mostly on Filipino and Indonesian nationals.

“But since the introduction of heavy vehicle driving under the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) and PPB, things are changing. We are now able to recruit a steady amount of local drivers every year,” said Hj Mohd Deli.

MOC’s head of human resources Hjh Huda Zakiyah said the company has already placed demands for more riggers and drivers from EICF’s next batch of graduates.

She also explained that local riggers recently recruited by MOC were primarily assigned to accompany and provide technical assistance to the driver.

“The load on the trailer truck has to be safe and secure. This is what the riggers are tasked do,” she said.

The group of seven, eager to prove themselves, said they enrolled in their programmes to build a new career and enhance their overall skill set.

“I was previously working as technician for an oil and gas company but I wasn't content just being able to do one thing. So I visited PLM, saw what they offered and took up rigging,” said 26-year-old Muhd Hanis Arif Hj Padzil.

Former army man turned heavy vehicle driver Roziman Napiah hopes that young locals will eventually change their mindset about taking up a job behind the wheel.

“There are still so few of us (local heavy vehicle drivers). But for us that choose to, we hope it kick-starts a positive shift in perception towards taking up this job,” said the 32-year-old.

This is the second time MOC has taken graduates from EICF programmes and the third time from PPB.

EICF was launched in 2013 with the aim of helping create a local workforce equipped with the skills necessary to make them more marketable to the oil and gas industry.

The Brunei Times