Call for industry-relevant education

|     Syazwani Hj Rosli     |

LEGISLATIVE Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman yesterday called for policy initiatives via a whole-of-nation approach to deliver industry-relevant education to address the issue of unemployment in Brunei Darussalam.

In her opening remarks as President of the Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Brunei at its mid-term AGM 2018/2019 and launch of the PUJA Journela, Digital CPD Management System and Online Payment Programme at the Bertabur Hall of the Ministry of Development, Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty noted that the unemployment rate in Brunei Darussalam reached 9.3 per cent in 2017, compared to 6.4 per cent in 2014, according to the Labour Department’s Employers’/Employees Census 2017 statistics, making Brunei the country with the highest incidence of redundancy in ASEAN.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar attended as the guest of honour.

She said there is a need to work closely with institutions and other agencies by providing mentorship or training to ensure that local youth have the skills they need to get into the workforce.

“Amidst our efforts [to keep up with] future developments, there are always challenges that we need to overcome,” she said.

“Today, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) is developing at a fast pace globally, and we feel the urge to embrace the technological revolution to keep on track with other prominent countries that have been eyeing the IR 4.0 wave.

“For PUJA, this means grabbing new opportunities from digitisation. Digital technologies and expertise have the potential to make management processes more efficient. One of PUJA’s initiatives towards digitisation is by incorporating ‘paperless paperworks’ through its Digital CPD Management System and Online Payment Programme.”

Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty also touched on the immersion of digital technologies in the construction industry, which is changing how infrastructure, real estate and other built assets are being designed, constructed, operated and maintained.

She added that corresponding to the new technologies, there are several global trends that urge players in the construction industry to rethink long-established practices – fast urbanisation, climate change, resource insufficiency and increasing mental skills – trends she noted are “a challenge, but also an opportunity to move forward”.

She noted that to commemorate PUJA’s 35th anniversary, its office will be relocated to the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) campus this year.

“The PUJA Hub is currently under renovation at UTB and Insya Allah will be ready by end of March,” she added.

“We hope to launch it in April before Ramadhan when PUJA hosts the mid-term AGM for the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) in Brunei.”

The event continued with a brief introduction on the PUJA Journal, Digital CPD Management System and Online Payment Programme by Rahmaan Yunoos from Think Axis.