| Danial Norjidi |
PROGRESIF Cellular is looking to increase its workforce by more than double over the next 18 months, with the recruitment process already very much on the way.
This was announced by the telecommunications provider during the signing of an agreement with Huawei Technologies for a new network development project to drastically improve its services.
According to the Progresif Cellular statement, prior to the company’s takeover of B.Mobile, the business had been suffering from “a lack of leadership” and a “lack of needed financial investment”.
It goes on to state that, the company was, in fact, “surviving through what could only be described as the Herculean efforts of a significantly diminished staff”.
At the point of acquisition the company comprised only 137 employees – a figure that will “more than double” over the next 18 months through Progresif Cellular’s board-approved business plan that was completed last month.
The recruitment process is, in fact, already underway, beginning with a full-page advertisement posing the question, “Are you Progresif?”
Newly appointed HR Manager Mohamed Mosdaram commented on this, saying, “Our focus on people is not just on growing our team, but on recruiting the right individuals with the right skills, to not only do a job, but to live a brand and build a culture.”
This culture, he added, is one that is centred on fulfilment of personal and professional goals, on training and skill development and on conscious and consistent delivery.
The recruitment and appointment of a senior management team was completed in October, which helped to organise the business and develop a multi-year business plan that sets out to build a network, culture and bespoke brand for Brunei.
“We are growing the team; four more Bruneian front line staff was recruited this week alone, and we will be investing heavily in knowledge transfer and training, with a percentage of our profits dedicated to ongoing education for our staff.”
As Progresif explained in their statement, the first to benefit from this approach will be its Brunei technical team who, as part of this new contract with partners Huawei, will benefit from a $300,000 training programme.
Elaborating on this further during an interview, Progresif Cellular CEO Paul Hyde highlighted that recruiting Bruneian staff is one of the company’s challenges.
“We are desperate to recruit Bruneian staff. My ambition and my commitment to the board of directors and indirectly to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is that by 2016, this company will be 95 per cent Bruneian,” said Paul Hyde.
“This 95 per cent Bruneian complement will be trained, capable, experienced and will have had the benefit of working with a number of expatriates who will come down here on a temporary basis to help the network transformation and also transfer their years of knowledge, skills and experience to our Bruneian people,” he added.