IBTE working on national competency framework
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) will be working closely with the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO), and other government agencies, to establish a national competency framework for industries outside of the oil and gas sector.
This was said by Principal Central of IBTE Dr Sheikh Lukman Sheikh Abdul Hamid in an interview recently.
He said that Brunei currently only has a competency framework for the oil and gas industry, the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF).
“Now we are trying to form the Industry Competency Framework (ICF), a national competency framework which will include a set of standards for other industries outside of oil and gas,” he said.
He added that IBTE and EIDPMO are looking into establishing competency frameworks for the hospitality and tourism industry and the construction industry.
Dr Sheikh Lukman added that IBTE and EIDPMO will need to collaborate with the Ministry of Development (MoD) and all construction companies in Brunei for the construction industry competency framework.
“We have to collaborate with MoD because they are the regulators for construction companies and projects in the nation and they will also be able to assist us in establishing rapport with the construction companies in Brunei,” he said.
Through this rapport, companies from the construction industry can provide information on the set of standards that should be included in the industry’s competency framework,” he said.
Information such as the demand for job opportunities would also be useful for IBTE, the principal central added, as it will ensure IBTE graduates can obtain employment with construction companies in the country.
Dr Sheikh Lukman went on to say that the ICF will be constructed using the EICF as a baseline to determine the best practices that should be used.
He added that they will also aim for the ICF to include standards that are unique to Brunei.
“We want to be innovative by ensuring that the national framework becomes uniquely Bruneian with our own national identity,” he said.
The Brunei Times