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Investing in local workforce

Lyna Mohammad

With the aim of increasing skills of the local workforce, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (BLNG) recently launched EmployAbility, the company’s flagship social investment programme focussed on providing capacity building.

EmployAbility targets fresh school leavers or graduates looking for a job and those who are already employed but want to be “upskilled and reskilled”.

The programme’s first initiative, the ‘Local Personnel Agreement’, seeks to identify and build a skilled worker pipeline through training and coaching jobseekers, while also aiming at lowering national unemployment.

Its second initiative, Pilot Apprenticeship Programme, sponsors in-service training to employees of business partners.

The training will make use of the Life Long Learning Centre (L3C) programme under the Manpower Industry Steering Committee for Energy – iSkill’s Industry Skill Certification, in collaboration with the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE).

ABOVE & BELOW: Muhammad Haziq Syahmi and Norazman Bujang

Md Nur Muizzaddin and Md Thaqif Ruzaini. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Trainees from the first batch of the recently-launched apprenticeship programme spoke with the Bulletin and shared their thoughts on the initiative.

Muhammad Haziq Syahmi bin Moksin has been selected as one of the eight trainees in the first batch, by Adinin Works and Engineering Sdn Bhd (AWE) Local Business Development Department, one of BLNG’s business partners. He hopes to gain new experiences and skills in the scaffolding course.

“I am interested in the ways this programme can help me grow personally and professionally.

“I am excited to hone my collaboration skills by working with others,” he said, adding that it is not just about getting a job, but also acquiring a broader set of skills and attributes that will enable a graduate to be successful throughout the working life.

Also in the first batch is Norazman Bujang, sees it as a golden opportunity to learn and upgrade his skills.

“It is an opportunity for me to grow in the company with a good intensive training,” said Norazman.

Meanwhile, Md Nur Muizzaddin, who will be training as a marker fitter, said the programme is a great platform.

He believes that the success of this first batch of trainees will draw the attention of youth, the unemployed as well as employees who want to upgrade or retrain their skills.

“It is really a privilege and honour to be part of the first batch of trainees.It is really a blessing and I express my gratitude to Allah the Almighty.”

Another participant, Md Thaqif Ruzaini bin Md Abdul Manan, said the programme is in line with the goal of Brunei Vision 2035.

“I believe that I can learn new things and develop with the company. I will definitely not miss out on the opportunity to upgrade myself and gain new knowledge and skills.”