The Manpower Industry Steering Committee of the energy sector (MISC Energy) organised a Market Engagement Day for Registered Training Organisations in an effort to provide potential industry training providers with the latest information manpower demand in the local energy sector. 

The event was held on Tuesday at the Banquet Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office and also saw the introduction of the new iSkill programme, a comprehensive review on current training and competency standards as well as certification and requirements. 

According to Hjh Rosita Hj Hassan, the In-Country Value Manager of Brunei Shell Petroleum and the MISC Energy Chairman, since the establishment of the MISC Energy last year, the committee has been building strong collaborations with various stakeholders within the energy industry ecosystem. 

These stakeholders include the industry, the training and education institutions as well as regulators namely the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Authority, the Safety Health and Environment National Agency (SHENA) and the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC). 

This holistic collaboration was ultimately formed to develop “the complete ecosystem for Manpower Planning and Employment” which is underpinned by a “robust Competence Development Framework for the Energy Industry which is branded as the iSkill Programme”. 

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

She explained that through the new iSkill programme, the MISC Energy had conducted full and comprehensive review as well as improvements to IBTE run programmes in the energy sector, which follows the current demands of the industry. 

As such IBTE will be running these newly improved programmes namely; iSkill NTEC Level 3 Welding, iSkill ISQ Level 2 Scaffolding, iSkill ISQ Level 2 Riggers, iSkill ISQ Level 2 Blaster Painter, iSkill ISQ Level 2 Marker/Piper Fitter and ISQ Level 2 Welding. 

“Inshallah, more programmes will be introduced next year. At the moment, we have started the review of another five skills with the industry, namely the Mechanical Engineering Tech, Electrical Engineering Tech, Instrumentation Tech and Plant Operators and Plant Inspector,” she continued. 

“Along with the updates in these areas, the MISC Energy team has developed a competence monitoring app, called SkillUP, an online platform that can be used by various agencies, the industry, the regulators and especially for the employees to manage and track their career development,” added Hjh Rosita. 

“Along with the updates in these areas, the MISC Energy team has developed a competence monitoring app, called SkillUP, an online platform that can be used by various agencies, the industry, the regulators and especially for the employees to manage and track their career development,” added Hjh Rosita. 

The MISC Energy Chairman then went on to say that in light of this registered training organisations will play a crucial role to ensure the success of the programmes.

Thirty companies were in attendance during the engagement session where they were exposed to the registration process and guidelines to become Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). 

By becoming RTOs, local companies would be able to run the IBTE iSkill programmes mentioned above. 

“The need for skilled manpower in the energy sector will increase due to increased activity in the downstream oil and gas industry,” explained Hjh Rosita. 

It is projected that the sultanate will need 13,000 skilled workers are needed in the field of oil and gas construction and due to this she underscored the importance of being prepared to meet those demands. 

“Part of our preparations (for the years to come) is to make sure that we have training organisations that can provide quality training that can meet the required standards,” added the MISC Energy Chairman.

The MISC was established under the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) and is meant as a platform for a collaborative partnership between various industries regulators as well as education and training institutions in ensuring alignment to the respective sectoral manpower demands. 

The MISC focuses on five industrial sectors which are Energy, Construction, ICT, Marine and Hospitality and Tourism, at which Sectoral MISC Working Groups (MISC-WG) have also been set up and led by industry players and regulators. 

Present as the guest of honour was Minister at the Prime minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew, who is also the Chairman of the MPEC. 

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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