| Zee Yusri |
ALMOST 12,000 people are currently unemployed in Brunei Darussalam according to the latest unemployment data from the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) dated September 15, 2014. The data is categorised according to genders, districts, age groups and education qualifications up to June 2014. A total of 7,005 jobseekers have registered with the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) including the employed, unemployed and students from November 26 to 30.
These were revealed by an official from EDPMO at a briefing session during a jobs and motivational talk for students pursuing Bridging Mason and Carpentry programme for the 2014 session, which was held at Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School (SVNR) yesterday.
Twenty-two students are currently undertaking the programme, of which seven are doing the Bridging ‘Mason’ and 15 the Bridging ‘Carpentry’ programme, which are new additions to the courses offered under Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF).
EDPMO said through the initiatives of establishing EICF, it is hoped that it could tackle the challenges of the unemployment rate through contributing more marketable individuals and youth as they are the future leaders of the nation.
The Energy Department believes that by offering various courses, these individuals could contribute towards the nation’s economy through the oil and gas industry as well as construction industry after completing their training in their designated institutions and job attachment or placement with the companies involved.
EDPMO also advised that working in private sectors is one of the best channels for these students and individuals to gain experience to grow their career path instead of just relying on and waiting for offers from government agencies.
The demand for local workforce is increasing and through this EICF, the courses will aid to provide a more focused education in line with industry requirements, particularly at the oil and gas industry which can provide more job opportunities for locals.
EDPMO urged individuals to be disciplined, independent and willing to perform at their very best, and not be afraid to interact with their superiors in matters related to their career expansion and broadening their skills, such as volunteering to fill up additional roles in the companies to achieve multiskills aptitude along their career pathways to be more marketable.
EICF is a collaborative programme between EDPMO, Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), Ministry of Education (MoE) and funded by JPKE through its Human Resources Fund (Dana Sumber Manusia).
After the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, the event began with a briefing session on the programmes delivered by Bridging Programme Coordinator at SVNR, Noorisman bin Mentarais, followed by briefings from JPKE on the Training and Employment Scheme (SLP) by Norshahidatul Roshnizah Hj Rosli. The session concluded with a motivational talk by the chief guest.
Also present were the Acting Director of IBTE, Dr Hj Mohd Zamri Hj Sabli and Principal of SVNR, Pg Hjh Hamidah Pg Hj Hidup, as well as senior officials of IBTE, JPKE senior official, parents and guardians of the students.