PLM students receiving conditional job offers
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ABOUT sixty-seven per cent of the fifth cohort of Industrial Skill Qualifications (ISQ) programme students at the Mechanic Training Centre (PLM) will be awarded with conditional offers of employment by 14 private oil and gas companies.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s (IBTE) fifth Market Day yesterday, IBTE Mechanical Campus Education Officer Hajah Farizah Nurin Hj Abd Jalil said that Market Days were “demand-driven” and participating companies had said they were able to offer 142 conditional job offers to the 211 fifth ISQ intake students this time.
“Previously, 100 per cent of the (ISQ) students would be given jobs (by companies) because of better oil prices and the economy.
“Now, the demand (for employees by companies) is slightly lower so at the end of the day, 69 of (our fifth intake students) will not be getting conditional offers of employment,” Hjh Farizah said.
However, Hjh Farizah said more students might get job offers, if the companies approached PLM later saying they need more students.
“So it’s not that oil and gas companies are not hiring (these days), but they’re hiring less,” she said.
According to Hjh Farizah, ISQ students typically undergo a four to six month programme to become welders, scaffolders, riggers, marker fitters, industrial blast painters or heavy vehicle drivers.
In their first semester, students learn soft skills, including Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK), life skills (comprising of communication, numeracy and ICT), health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) and receive a basic introduction to oil and gas, and engineering and science.
Following this, students will get sent to registered training organisations (RTOs) where they get practical experience according to their programmes, as well as industrial placements at companies which have offered them conditional employment.
Students then receive full employment by these companies upon graduation, she said.
IBTE first began offering ISQ programmes in September 2013.
As of February 2016, 1,341 students have enrolled in IBTE’s ISQ programmes.
The Brunei Times