New mini plant to help create job-ready graduates

|     Daniel Lim     |

THE newly constructed Hand-on Operation Training Skids (HOTS) Unit at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Jefri Bolkiah Campus (JBC) was officially opened in a ceremony held at the campus yesterday.

Officiating the ceremony was Haji Kamaludin bin Haji Bungsu, Permanent Secretary (Manpower and SHENA) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The guest of honour, who also toured the new mini plant, was welcomed to the event by IBTE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Chin Wei Keh.

Also present at the ceremony were Pengiran Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Power, IT and E-Government) at the Prime Minister’s Office; Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Management, Cooperatives and Industry) at the Prime Minister’s Office; and Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education.

Others present included representatives from various oil and gas companies that funded the project and provided consultation expertise during its construction.

The plant will provide IBTE’s students an integrated authentic learning environment to help them develop their skills.

Students who will be making use of the new facility include those under the Industry Competency Framework (ICF) programmes over different levels, namely the Higher National Technical Education Certificate (HNTec), National Technical Education Certificate (NTec), and the Industrial Skills Qualification (ISQ).

The new mini plant at IBTE JBC
Haji Kamaludin bin Haji Bungsu, Permanent Secretary (Manpower and SHENA) at the Prime Minister’s Office in a group photo with other officials. – PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

The mini plant also serves to support IBTE’s vision and mission of providing first class training equipment to help develop highly skilled, job-ready graduates that meet industry requirements and standards, as well as providing opportunities for instructors from industry to train and develop students’ skills through continuous professional development, upskilling, and competence upgrading, among other methods.

Dr Chin Wei Keh, said, “This project is a good example of a ‘whole-of-nation approach’ as it is a collaborative effort bringing together partners from across industries, ministries and government agencies, exemplifying the vital importance of increasing links between stakeholders.”

He noted as well that the mini plant represents a crucial component for IBTE to further enhance the quality of its four HNTec programmes, and that the mini plant will provide an authentic and practical hands-on training, which is a prerequisite for the students to enrol into the programmes.

“It is always our vision that our graduates, upon completion of the programmes, will be job-ready and can immediately contribute to the needs of industry,” he continued, while also expressing gratitude towards the operators and service companies that helped build the plant.

The main sponsors of the HOTS plant are the seven operator companies, which include Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, Brunei National Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo BV, Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd, Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, and Mitsubishi Corporation.

In addition to these main sponsors, five consultants have also aided in the project. They are Ekobumi Arkitek, Perunding Primareka, KR Kamar-ulzaman & Associates, Petrokon Utama Sdn Bhd, and Damit WorleyParsons Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Furthermore, 20 service com-panies in the oil and gas industry have also lent their expertise in the preparation and execution of the plant.

These are QESS Energy Support Sdn Bhd, Mashhor Group of Companies, Sahid Sdn Bhd, Batamas Sdn Bhd, Fazrul Sdn Bhd, PTAS Sdn Bhd, Joffren Omar Co Sdn Bhd, Dandy Jaya Sdn Bhd, Megalift Sdn Bhd, Adinin Works & Engineering Sdn Bhd, Serikandi Oilfield Services Sdn Bhd, Mozzat Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Lift Co Sdn Bhd, Mahkota Maju Sdn Bhd, Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd, Jel (Borneo) Sdn Bhd, CJ Technical Services Sdn Bhd, PKS Sdn Bhd, Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd, and Ishii Iron Works Co Ltd.