Keeping tabs on manpower development

Wani Roslan

Since its establishment last year, Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC) Energy has formed a strong partnership between the industry, the training and education institution – Ministry of Education (MoE) and Institute of Brunei Technical Education, (IBTE) and the regulators – Ministry of Energy; Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darusssalam; the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA), the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC) and Lifelong Learning Centre to develop the complete ecosystem for Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC), underpinned by a robust competence development framework for the energy industry branded as iSkill.

This was shared by ICV Manager Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd and MISC Energy Chairman Hajah Rosita binti Hassan at the Market Engagement Day for Training Organisation at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah was the guest of honour.

“The new iSkill Programme and the ecosystem around it provide a comprehensive review of the training and competency standards, the certification and assessment requirements.

“The ecosystem goes beyond classroom training, we are putting stronger focus on the in-role development in the industry with exposure to the real work environment, while looking after the welfare of the participants,” she said.

She shared that the MISC energy team developed a competence monitoring app called ‘SkillUP’, an online platform that can be used by various agencies, the industry, the regulators and employees to manage and track their career development.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah speaks at the Market Engagement Day for Training Organisation. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI
ICV Manager Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd and MISC Energy Chairperson Hajah Rosita binti Hassan delivers a speech

She underlined that the registered training organisations (RTOs) are crucial to the success of the programmes and the market engagement event aimed to showcase to the local companies information on the latest manpower demand in the energy sector as well as registration process and guidelines to become a RTO which will enable the organisations to run IBTE’s programmes.

In the first cohort, the programmes offered were iSkillTM NTEC Level 3 Welding, iSkillTM ISQ Level 2 Scaffolding, iSkillTM ISQ Level 2 Riggers, iSkillTM ISQ Level 2 Blaster Painter, iSkillTM ISQ Level 2 Marker/Pipe Fitter and ISQ Level 2 Welding.

More programmes will be introduced next year where five skills have started the review namely the Mechanical Engineering Tech, Electrical Engineering Tech, Instrumentation Tech and Plant Operators and Plant Inspector. Hajah Rosita explained that the Market Engagement event was a platform in sharing information on the latest labour needs for the energy sector, sharing information on IBTE training programmes that have been updated to meet industry requirements.

“We want to ensure that after the end of the training period, our workforce becomes industry ready. IBTE will offer training programmes that will be conducted by training organisations from local private companies. The Ministry of Education/IBTE as well as SHENA will provide further information on the registration process to become a RTO,” she said.

She said the need for skilled manpower for the energy sector will increase due to the increase in activities in the oil and gas industry and also taking into account projects that are in the planning.

“Within five years, we need some 13,000 skilled workers in the field of construction oil and gas namely scaffolding, welding, painting and blasting, riggers and even marker fitter.

“As for the preparations, we must ensure that we have a training organisation or organisation to provide quality training and meet the required standards.

“Alhamdulillah, this morning some 30 local companies were present. We hope that they can take this opportunity as a preparation for them to register their companies as RTOs.

“Given the high number of manpower needs, I see this as a significant business opportunity for local companies,” she said.

Acting Minister of Energy and a member of the MPEC Working Committee Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Education and a member of the MPEC Working Committee Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, and Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy and Chairperson of MISC Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani were also present.