Interview with Siti Sarah Binti Haji Awang Yusop

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An interview with Siti Sarah Binti Haji Awang Yusop, Special Duties Officer Grade II, Industry Competency Framework (ICF), Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO)

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ICF students undergoing Industry Based Training

Can you explain how the ICF programmes (formerly known as EICF) were started?
In July 2013 the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) was launched in support of Wawasan Brunei 2035 with the aim of developing well-educated and highly skilled people while at the same time reducing the level of unemployment in the country. It is a strong collaboration between EIDPMO, IBTE (MOE), JPKE, MOC and the Oil & Gas Industry. Eight programs under ISQ and HNTec were implemented under Phase 1 and another three programs under Phase 2. As well as this, five programs have been introduced under Brunei Maritime Academy.

What are the objective(s) of the ICF programmes particularly the ISQ and HNTEC programmes?
ICF was developed with three objectives in mind:

i. To define the competencies required to perform jobs and roles in the workplace based on industry manpower demands;

ii. To close the gaps and align training providers with industry requirements; and

iii. To increase employability of locals by up-scaling the skills obtained to increase the number of Bruneians working in the industry.

Therefore, the ISQ and HNTec programs were developed together with the industry to meet their requirements in terms of producing job-ready skilled manpower.

How is ICF aligned to the national agenda and His Majesty’s government initiatives particularly regarding the ‘Whole Nation Approach’?
ICF is aligned to one of the aims under the National Wawasan 2035, which is to produce well educated and highly skilled Bruneians who can work in the industry. This framework is also aimed at reducing the level of unemployment in the country. In order to achieve this, ICF is working closely with the Manpower Policy and Planning Unit (MPPU) and striving to create a strong platform for building competencies of Bruneians to increase their employability.

In addition to this, ICF is crosslinking industries in Brunei; it creates a strong bond and collaboration between various government ministries and departments and industries for the prosperity (kesejahteraan) of the nation and its people.

What are your future aspirations for ICF? And please share some words of wisdom with our youth.
Our future aspiration is for ICF to be successfully implemented in other industries, not just in Oil & Gas, via close and strong collaborations with other government agencies and stakeholders which will ultimately be for the betterment of Brunei Darussalam socio-economically.

To our youth out there who are contemplating their life’s purpose, helping the country to grow should be one of  your goals. Be sincere in everything you do, as this will sustain your passion. Do not take opportunities for granted, appreciate them and strive to be better and prove to people that locals can do it!

This article was published in the IBTE Special Issue (Oct-Dec 2016) of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!