His Majesty launches I-Usahawan

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (2nd R) at the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem booth during the National Youth Day celebrations held at the International Convention Centre this morning. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Waqiuddin Rajak

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this morning officially launched the I-Usahawan apprenticeship programme, an initiative aimed at enabling local businesses secure their first contracts with major industry players in the country.

The scheme is helmed by the Ministry of Energy (Energy and Manpower) and Industry in collaboration with Brunei Shell Joint Venture companies.

The programme is eligible for private-limited companies operated by Rakyat Jati entrepreneurs aged between 18 to 40 that has yet to their first contracts with government or its linked companies.

Under this scheme, participants will undergo entrepreneurship training and compete for tenders. Successful candidates will be awarded with a three-year contract with potential extensions.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) at the Dara Shipping and Trading Sdn Bhd booth. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The contracts comprise various low-risk services needed in the oil and gas sector, such as grass-cutting, landscape maintenance and horticulture, tea and coffee and general services, canteen, domestic waste management, recycling waste management, bicycle supply and maintenance, videography and photography services, and event management.

The programme is currently offering 30 contracts for its first phase.

The Bruneian