Human resources that are knowledgeable and skilled is an important asset, as the main basis to enable the country to grow and be resilient in the face of challenges and competition posed by globalization.
Towards this, the planning of government expenditure will continue to be focused on providing more opportunities for education and training for the locals. Through these opportunities, it will allow youths in the country, in particular, to improve their knowledge, build skills and their ability to meet the needs of the local labour market.
In the governmentsí efforts to create more job opportunities, especially for graduates and school leavers, a number of initiatives have been and will be taken by the government which among others include efforts by the Special Working Committee on Issues of Unemployment and also the relevant agencies such as the Energy Department at the Prime Ministerís Office (EDPMO) and the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK) under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The measures include programmes such as the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) launched in July 2013, providing skill programmes in specific areas to meet the needs of the industry. So far, a total of 482 students have attended the courses provided, where at the end of the course they will have the opportunity to gain employment at certain companies in the Oil and Gas sector.
The Oil and Gas Job Fair has received an overwhelming response, and so far a total of 1,302 (2102) and 2,595 (2013) people have been employed in the Oil and Gas sector respectively, while for the year 2014, there have projected 3,000 jobs to be available in this sector.
Clearly this initiative is in line with the Local Business Development (LBD) Framework which aims to improve the recruitment of local workers in the Oil and Gas service sector that is also in line with the new directive that beginning in 2012, all firms in the Oil and Gas sector are required to have 50 percent of its employees consisting of locals as a prerequisite for a tender.
In implementing the LBD framework, firms are also required to be more transparent in providing a conducive working atmosphere, such as an attractive salary scale to local workers. The 50 percent quota will be raised to 70 percent within a period of five years in accordance with the target of 80 percent local recruitment in the year 2035. Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA) showcasing Marine programs, career paths and interactive exhibits. The goal of the academy is to produce Ďmaritime industry ready professionalsí who are recognized by the IMO.