More local youth taking up heavy vehicle driving

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BELAIT

A SMALL but significant shift amongst local youth in taking up heavy vehicle driving has been observed since the Youth Development Centre (YDC) introduced a dedicated course on the subject in 2013, said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof yesterday said the participation in the Heavy Machinery Driving Course, which recently completed its 5th intake, was evidence that Bruneian youth have now started to embrace this line of work.

“The planning and execution for a local workforce (for areas like heavy machinery driving) will help the government’s efforts to reduce unemployment and indirectly improve the challenging situation facing the nation’s economy,” said the minister at the certificate presentation ceremony at Megamas for 23 students comprising the fifth intake.

Since its inception in 2013, the minister revealed that 63 youth had completed the course, with almost 100 per cent employed in their field of study.

Still, foreigners continue to dominate jobs in heavy machinery driving, with the minister noting that locals needed to gradually, but ultimately seize the mantle through competition.

“Youth need to seize the opportunities (such as courses) given to them by the government so that they can increase their skill set to what is actually demanded by the private sector here,” he said.

To do this, the minister said that training for certified qualifications, followed by work attachments with potential employers, are the best path towards ensuring that participants are marketable upon graduating.

In its current format, the Heavy Machinery Driving course lasts five months, two spent learning theory and another three months for work attachments at 12 private companies, who have signed agreements to take on the students.

Out of 12 companies, MOC, Razali Amat, Buildcon Concrete and Daelim Industrial are the first to offer the fifth batch of students full-time employment.

The course is funded by the Department of Economic Planning and Development and implemented by the Youth Development Centre and the Energy Industry Competency Framework, with Megamas appointed as the consultant.

Graduates leave with driving licences in the class 4, 5, 6, 2 and 11, with several courses certified by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents embedded into the curriculum as well.

The Brunei Times