Increasing local employment, competence

Rokiah Mahmud

EmployAbility is a Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd social investment flagship aimed at increasing employment and ability in terms of skills and competence through capability building of the local workforce.

This was highlighted by Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib during the signing of in-service trainees (second intake) under the Apprenticeship Program, a Brunei LNG social investment flag. -ship yesterday.

She highlighted the ambition to build a capable Bruneian workforce to deliver Brunei Vision 2035 and be a key contributor to the ASEAN region.

“The strategic vision is to build a sustainable, and efficient local workforce as a stable and resilient business for Brunei LNG and Brunei,” she said.

“Under the banner of EmployAbility, the local personal agreement aims to identify, build and hire a skilled worker pipeline by building a sustainable local workforce that contributes to lower national unemployment by reskilling and upskilling through available jobseekers training and coaching.

“Secondly, the program takes qualified employees from the four business partners and sponsors their upskilling and reskilling. The in-service training will make use of the Lifelong Learning Center program under the Manpower Industry Steering Committee for Energy – iSkill’s Industry Skills Certification, which is in collaboration with the Institute of Brunei Technical Education as an awarding organization for the program.

Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib delivers her speech. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

EmployAbility, she said, “will build a sustainable local workforce that will replace foreign workers executing our base load of ongoing fixed activities. Moreover, it will help reduce the need or compete with our business partners within a limited pool when looking for LBD requirements.

“In the first year of our first turnaround toward the preparation in last year, during the first wave of COVID-19, the closures of the borders impacted our ability to bring in the required number of foreign skilled workers to execute our planned activities. The constraint will consequently lead to reduction and deferment activities in 2022 and beyond. “

“This highlighted how dependent our business and industry were on our ability to secure skilled foreign workers to supplement local capability, to execute our planned activities. This presents an opportunity for us, our business partners, and the country to reduce unemployment and make great strides in developing a sustainable skilled local workforce.

“It also presents the opportunity to de-risk future campaigns through a structured campaign recognizing, reskilling and matching local capability to jobs that will support the execution of our activities for 2022 and beyond,” she added.

“Today we celebrate the second intake. At the beginning of last month, five employees from Adinin Works and Engineering and four from Tendrill International started their reskilling and upskilling training at the registered training organizations. Of the nine, we have four scaffolders, three marker-fitters and two riggers, “she said.

“We are now exploring training institutions to provide upskilling courses that are in demand, especially in electrical and instrumentation.”

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