| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Brunei Job Fair 2015 was launched yesterday by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman, and saw hundreds of jobseekers flock to Bridex Hall 2 seeking employment opportunities.
The four-day job fair, which ends on January 22, is seeking to fill over 1,500 vacancies advertised by more than 50 companies in five different industries. The local companies are focusing on hiring locals who meet the job requirements.
In an interview with the Bulletin, a Nursing Officer at the Department of Nursing Services, Noraliah Abdullah, noted this is the first time that they are collaborating with the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK). The department is helping out by offering two courses for interested individuals: certificates in Nursing and Midwifery. The duration of both courses are two-years fulltime and the minimum requirement for applicants are two credit passes in any English subject from the GCE ‘O’ Levels.
Job seekers seeking employment can fill their spare time in a productive way by taking the course which will give added value to their future prospects, whether it be within the medical industry or as a stepping stone to another career.
“While waiting for a job, youth who have qualifications may develop themselves further by gaining certain skills by following courses that will help enhance their job prospects, rather than they stay at home doing nothing,” she said.
Also, Senior Education Officer from the Continuing Education Division, Hajah Nimah binti Haji Ahad, shared that their division is currently offering short courses in various fields for job seekers who wish to obtain extra skills and knowledge.
Among the courses offered are basic food preparation and production, basic food and beverage preparation and service, front office work, housekeeping, sales assistants, cashier training, sales promotions, sales supervisor and butchery.
She also advised job seekers of the need to equip themselves with more skills to make themselves more marketable and competitive. She also said they should stop being overly choosy when granted an opportunity for work.
“Most of the courses that we offer require minimum qualifications, such as a completed secondary education, or at least, they should know how to read, calculate and write.
“With the required criteria satisfied, jobseekers will have a fairer opportunity to find suitable job opportunities, which in turn will reduce the number of unemployed people in the country.”
A jobseeker, Haji Iman Hakeem, who completed his secondary education in 2013, said that he was still searching for employment opportunities. He obtained three GCE ‘O’ Levels and thought that earning a higher qualification would ease his difficulty in finding a job. However, due to his family’s financial needs, he has been placed in a situation that would be more favourable if he could obtain suitable employment. He expressed his hope that the job fair and the large number of vacancies will help identify a suitable job offer based on his education background.
“I have applied for many job offers in the private and government sectors. At the moment I have a part-time job at a car workshop, which helps me earn just enough money to support my family. I hope that this job fair will have more suitable employment opportunities for me.”