ISQ graduates hold on to jobs in oil and gas industry

National 1 minute, 50 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ABOUT 80 per cent of graduates from the first and second cohorts of the Industrial Skill Qualifications (ISQ) programme have remained in the oil and gas industry after more than one and a half years of employment, according to a study done by the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE).

Speaking to The Brunei Times, on the sidelines of a conditional offer of employment (COE) ceremony, Dr Sheikh Lukman Sheikh Abdul Hamid, the Principal Central of the IBTE Mechanical Campus, said that the study was completed last year in December.

“With the help of the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO), we were able to conduct tracer studies to keep track of where our graduates are currently,” he said.

He said that the total number of students from the first and second cohort is 451, which means that around 360 graduates remain in the oil and gas industry after being employed for more than one and a half years.

Dr Sheikh Lukman added the remaining 20 per cent of the ISQ graduates, they found, are categorised under frictional employment.

Frictional employment, the principal central explained, is where an individual jumps from job to job due to getting better offers, which he added is good as it displayed the high demand of the ISQ graduates.

“For example, there was this one student from the first cohort, a lady who moved up and is now a certified welding inspector which is a rarity in Brunei,” he said.

He added that the findings are a testament of the programme’s success, proving the programme to be worthy of government support and investment.

“For us, the most important part of the study is knowing that our students remain employed, which means that we have successfully prepared them with the right skills which allowed them to be placed at the right job,” he said.

The COE Ceremony saw 143 out of 211 students from the fifth cohort of the ISQ programme awarded conditional offers of employment by 14 private oil and gas companies.

Present at the event was Principal Satellite of IBTE Norjemee Jenek and Head of the Industry Competency Framework (ICF) at the EIDPMO Erwieana Abu Bakar.

The Brunei Times