Competency framework for construction industry
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI will develop a competency framework that outlines the skills required of individuals working in the construction industry.
Deputy Minister of Development Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi Hj Gapar said the competency framework is important as Brunei is attracting foreign investors to build infrastructure here.
He said investors need to have access to a competent local workforce, otherwise they will be less inclined to invest in Brunei.
“This in turn will create more job opportunities for our local people, especially those who are very skilled,” Dato Hj Suhaimi said.
The deputy minister was speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of Adinin Group of Companies’ 15 million man hours without lost time incident celebration at the International Convention Centre (ICC) last week.
He added that the emergence of mega projects in Brunei, such as the Temburong Bridge, is another reason of the need for competency in the construction industry.
“This is quite important for our country and I am happy that so far, there are a number of stakeholders that are eager in helping us establish the competency framework,” he said.
He said the framework is currently in preliminary discussions and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
“We are given by the end of this year to complete the framework before the 11th National Development Plan rolls out (and) hopefully we will be able to achieve it.
“Right now we are arranging for all stakeholders in the construction industry to help us and contribute ideas so that the framework will be satisfactory,” he added.
Dato Hj Suhaimi said the Ministry of Development is working with government agencies to establish the framework, such as the Energy and Industry Department of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education.
The Brunei Times