Labour Management Information System to be ready in next few years

THE Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) would like to refer to the letter ‘What happened to ‘Labour Management Information System’ for MoE?’ by ‘Right Person for the Right Job’ published in the Opinion page of the Borneo Bulletin on December 26, 2018.

Both MoE and MEMI thank the writer for his/her interest in Labour Management Information System (LMIS) for the MoE.

The development of the LMIS project, initiated by MEMI with the support of multiple agencies including MoE, is still in its initial stage and is expected to be ready in the next few years.

The platform would consist detailed statistical information on the labour market.

The initial stage of the project will focus on comprehensive data gathering and consolidations of relevant information from various agencies and stakeholders.

At this initial stage, several initiatives are already in place to monitor the demand and supply related to manpower.

One of the initiatives include collation of data in terms of the current available talent pool that consists active local jobseekers registered at the JobCentre Brunei (JCB).

In addition to the existing initiatives, the Manpower Planning Council (MPC) has identified Priority Actions to determine the industry’s manpower needs.

This includes the introduction of the mandatory registration of job vacancies in the private sectors into the JobCentre Portal in August 2016.

In the meantime, both MoE and MEMI will continue to work closely along with other government agencies, industries and relevant stakeholders to ensure that supply and demands in human resource are aligned and met.

Education and training institutions have been taking measures to work with employers to review their curriculum to ensure graduates meet their requirement as well as engaging industry stakeholders to establish future demand for graduates.

Initiatives focussed on reskilling and upskilling Bruneians to increase their marketability and employability have also been introduced such as through the i-Ready Apprenticeship Programme which serves as a platform to provide unemployed graduates (with Degree level qualification(s) and above) with real working experience and exposure, be it in the public or private sector.

For qualifications below Degree level, upskilling initiatives include the opportunities offered by Capacity Building Centre (PPK) and the introduction of focussed Continuing Education and Training (CET) programmes by various institutions such as the Institute of Brunei Technical Education and Youth Development Centre.

In addition, the Technical and Vocational Education Scholarship Scheme (BPTV) offered to private higher education institutions are also available for those who come from a less privileged family background and have concluded their ‘O’ Levels with three credits and below.

Other efforts include improving CV writing skills, graduates interview skills workshops as well as effort to match graduates and employers which have been on-going.

For inquiries and clarification, the writer can write to feedback@moe.gov.bn for education-related matters or mppu@memi.gov.bn for information regarding LMIS.

– Ministry of Education; and Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry