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Welder Apprentice Scheme in Brunei a great success

Connect, no. 164, January/February 2010, p.7

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Negara Brunei Darussalam is a developing nation located in one of the highest growth regions of the world but it relies significantly on imported manpower and skills.

Back in 2006, Joffren Omar Company Sendirian Berhad (JO) and Syarikat Kejuruteraan Sistematik Sendirian Berhad (SKS) embarked on a plan to train and develop local talent in the welding profession. A purpose-built facility was built in Seria with technical advice and guidance from TWI which has been associated with JO/SKS since 2000.

The facility was constructed to provide training facilities not only for welders but also for welding inspectors, painting inspectors and NDT professionals. The new facilities opened in December 2008 and a Senior Supervisor and a Master Welding Instructor were hired with TWI's help.

On 8 December 2009, JO/SKS headed by Gary Young, presented the first nine home-grown apprentices with a certificate of completion of the Welder Apprentice Scheme.

When these young Bruneians signed on the scheme, they had basic or little knowledge of the standards and competence required to be oil and gas welders.

Yet in a matter of months, through their own dedicated effort and supported by their instructors and supervisors, they have qualified at the highest international standards acceptable to Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (BLNG), that is, CSWIP Level 3 oil and gas, 6G and 6GR positions.

Through this initiative, JO/SKS continue to demonstrate their investment in Brunei's human resources development.

Indeed, it is a strong indicator of the companies' commitment to BSP's Local Business Development policy. With the cooperation and support of international organisations such as TWI, and local agencies such as Immigration, Labour, Ministry of Education and others, it is hoped that Brunei will have enough skilled workers to cover its needs in the future.

For more details, please contact: Ibrahim Omar at ibrahimo@josks.com.bn

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