| Syafiq Affendy |
THE Oil and Gas Job Fair 2014 not only provides an avenue for jobseekers to send in their resumes and become part of the biggest industry in Brunei but the participation of the Brunei Maritime Aca-demy (BMA) and the Energy Industry Com-petency Framework (EICF) also gives an opportunity for students wishing to apply their skills, including those indirectly rela-ted to the oil and gas industry, to find out more about what kind of services they may offer onshore and offshore.
Brunei Maritime Academy Project Director 1, Lim Kian Boon, revealed that BMA is aiming to attract more than 200 students for this year’s job fair, in order to prepare for next year’s intake. “There are five programmes that we are offering right now: Two diploma programmes – diploma in marine engineering and diploma in nautical studies; two ratings programmes – certificate of proficiency in engine ratings and certificate of proficiency in deck ratings, and the bridging programme,” he said.
“We have today already opened the re-gistration for engine and deck rating as well as bridging for the Officer In-Charge of the Engineering Watch (OEW), and those are formally bridged under MJKB (Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College) for the Marine Department. We will do the Diploma in Marine Engineering and they will do the follow-up course, which is the bridging programme OEW.”
BMA also has bridging for cooks and stewards, for previous students who have graduated from the field of hospitality un-der technical school MTSSR.
“So it’s a basic programme where we provide basic sea-time training in order for them to go out to sea, so that does not mean that any cook is qualified to just work offshore. You need to go through basic safety training and acquire a seamen book from the Marine Department,” he added.
This year’s booth for BMA features an interactive bridge simulation and visitors can also easily obtain more information by using their Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled device or scanning the pre-pared QR code, which opens up a link to PDFs online.
Applicants have to be at least 18 years and above because the programmes that BMA is developing complies to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and are ap-proved by the Marine Department.
Meanwhile, the EICF booth is also bigger this year, with a full display of the various jobs available as well as equipment and mini scale displays of the jobs, including for welder, market fitter, rigger, scaffolder, carpenter, mason, plant technician, mecha-nical technician, instrumentation, control technician and electrical technician.
The EICF aims to define the competen-cies required to perform jobs and roles in the workplace, to close the gap through alignment between training providers and industry requirements, as well as to in-crease the employability of Bruneians to work in the Energy Industry.