| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE commencement of training at the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), which is a joint venture between the Canada-based company and the Government of Brunei Darussalam is considered yet another milestone in relations between the two.
In his speech, Kevin Speed, the CAE Vice-President and Regional Business Leader for Asia, in his capacity as the Director and General Manager of Brunei’s training centre pointed out that one of the centre’s founding principles is to contribute to generating high-technology employment, which will naturally lead to boosting local capabilities that in turn can also result in diversified economic business opportunities for the country as it tries to attract personnel from Asian nations to Brunei to train. The success of the centre will depend entirely on teamwork between the Ministry of Finance, Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and CAE.
He added that the centre is proud to be part of Brunei’s aerospace expansion and will provide training services for Brunei Shell Petroleum’s S-92 offshore helicopter aircrew and Royal Brunei Air Force officers.
Speed also noted that 100 per cent of their full-time staff at the centre are Bruneian citizens and this “fully demonstrates the capabilities, enthusiasm and work ethic of our local MPTC team and the investment in local employee training made by CAE.
“We are extremely proud of the MPTC’s ability to attract international nations to be trained in Brunei and to date, MPTC has commitments from S-92 operators in Australia, Canada and China to undergo their training in Brunei.
“We have also received strong interest from Asean and regional nations, wanting to train in the MPTC’s Emergency Management Training Centre.”
The ground-breaking ceremony for the CAE Brunei MPTC was conducted in June 2013 as an operational flight training centre that is fully certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The training centre is one of the highest non oil and gas-related investments secured by the BEDB with a total investment valued at over US$100 million. The project will also see the creation of 65 jobs, with plans for that number to move up to 100 positions exclusively for Bruneian citizens.