Committee established to develop industry- ready workforce

With the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC) has been established under the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The establishment of the committee will support the MPEC’s vision to have an effective manpower planning aligned to employability, by focussing on gainful and sustainable jobs, increasing localisation and reducing unemployment in the Sultanate.

The MISC was set up as a platform for collaboration between industries, regulators as well as education and training institutions in ensuring alignment to the sectoral manpower demands by supplying the right people, at the right number and at the right time.

As a start, the MISC will focus on five industrial sectors which are energy, construction, ICT, marine and hospitality and tourism, at which Sectoral MISC Working Groups (MISC-WG) have been set up and are led by industry players and regulators, a press release stated.

The MISC held its meeting on July 13 chaired by Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka
Haji Sani.

Legislative Council members Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad and other MISC members during the meeting

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Chin Wei Keh as the Deputy MISC Chair; and MISC members, Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman and Permanent Secretary (Infrastructure, Housing and Professional) at the Ministry of Development Haji Amer Hishamuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Zakaria as Co-Leads for MISC-WG on Construction; LegCo member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad and Mohd Iswandi bin Maaruf as Co-Leads for MISC-WG on Hospitality and Tourism; Hajah Rosita binti Haji Hassan as Lead for MISC-WG on Energy; Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar and Sheikh Haji Abas bin Sheikh Mohamad as Co-Leads for MISC-WG on ICT; and Shamsul bin Haji Othman and Richard Bounds as Co-Leads for MISC-WG on Marine were present at the meeting.

The committee aims to address mismatch issues faced by industries, particularly those relating to manpower competency, behavioural and skills gaps. The close and structured collaboration between the three important players – industries, training and education providers and the regulating agencies – will provide the avenue for sharing critical inputs on the current and future sectoral manpower requirements in terms of quantity, quality, competency standards as well as identification and establishment of training programmes in order to close the gaps between manpower supply and demand.

The MISC is a platform where challenges relating to manpower can be discussed and for mitigations and plan of actions to be proposed and implemented collaboratively.

The key deliverables of the MISC is to ensure comprehensive sectoral manpower planning and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to review and develop the National Competency Framework and Standards that would be recognised locally and internationally.

For this year, the first area of focus and implementation will be to identify the list of critical occupations relevant to each sector.

The MISC via its MISC-WG on Energy will also roll out the first two competency frameworks by August, followed by the rolling out of more competency frameworks in phases.