| Danial Norjidi |
MORE than 4,000 jobseekers have registered at the ongoing Oil and Gas Sector Job Fair 2014, which entered its third day yesterday.
According to the Job Fair website, 4,083 jobseekers had registered at the Job Fair at the BRIDEX International Convention Centre as of 6.50pm yesterday, where more than 100 companies and organisations have over 2,000 vacancies available.
In addition to the jobs on offer, a prominent feature of the Job Fair is the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) under which there are vocational and technical training programmes aimed at people with qualifications of Year 9, GCE ‘O’ Level as well as HND and above. So far, 407 have registered under the EICF at this edition of the Job Fair.
The Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) is currently working hard on making even more programmes and professions available by accelerating the second phase of EICF.
“Once this phase is completed, it will mean that including the programmes under the Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA), there will be more than 30 professions available,” said the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar.
Phase 2 was initially meant to be implemented next year by June, but it is now being accelerated to be implemented by April. “It requires cooperation from everybody, including the industry, but it is also not easy for them,” the minister said, noting that the companies in the industry have shown a lot of commitment towards the hiring of locals, and that they also have businesses to run.
The initial programmes under the EICF Industrial Skill Qualifications (ISQ) – which require a minimum Year 9 education – are for the professions of welder, rigger, scaffolder and marker/fitter. Also under the EICF is the National Energy Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme (NEGAS) which targets Degree and HND graduates to help them attain work experience.
On the challenge of ensuring that jobs would be available for those who graduate from the increasing number of EICF training programmes, the minister said, “The strategic objectives of the Energy White Paper look at increasing the downstream and upstream activities. That’s what we need to do. I’m confident in the industry.”
The Job Fair was designed to help Bruneians attain jobs in the oil and gas industry. In addition to the CV writing and interview clinics on offer, there are two separate walk-in interview areas where companies can meet both jobseekers and EICF graduates.
Visitors continue to pour into BRIDEX for the Job Fair, and when asked for his thoughts on the number of people visiting, the minister said, “We have more and more applicants. Every job fair, more and more people register. There is a lot of growing interest so we really need to work hard to make sure that we are providing sustainable employment to all Bruneians. But it is very challenging for us.”
He said that some of the visitors he had spoken to were applying for the first time, while others were already employed but looking for new opportunities.
Feedback from the visitors, he noted, has been positive.
“Every job fair we learn something new about it. With every job fair we strive to improve,” he said. “We must remember that the scale of this is different from any other job fair in Brunei.”
The job fair enters its penultimate day today. Those who wish to see the many oppor-tunities on offer can visit the fair today and tomorrow from 9am to 6pm.