Manpower council to introduce apprenticeship schemes
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE National Manpower Planning Council is looking into introducing apprenticeship schemes for the unemployed to improve their marketability, the minister of energy and industry said.
In an interview earlier this month, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the council will look into adding apprenticeship schemes in non-oil and gas industries.
There is already an apprenticeship programme called the National Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme (NEGAS) for the oil and gas industry.
“So we are looking into getting people to be apprentices for a year, and that more people will be absorbed in the system (central database system of those employed and unemployed).
“However at the end of the day, what it means is that for that one year, it will improve the graduates’ marketability and that is what we are aiming for,” he added.
The council, which was formed this year, aims to reduce unemployment and channel human resources into growth industries.
During the 12th Legislative Council session in March this year, the minister had said the council will get real-time feedback on existing policies and improve data collection and management to match the labour needs of the public and private sector.
He said there are various priorities that the council will be undertaking under the council.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said a lot of what they intend to carry out will depend on having a good database.
“The council will have a central database system to capture the real figures of employment, non-employment and to identify where we are.
“There is a secretariat for this Manpower Planning Council, and they have already gone through other districts and will be going down to Brunei-Muara district soon. They are tidying up data on unemployment,” he added.
He said the secretariat is even visiting village heads to capture data on how many people are unemployed.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin further said there will be an upcoming job fair in November.
Latest figures in March showed that there were 10,073 unemployed people registered with the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency.
The Brunei Times