From April 2017 to February 2018, the number of local jobseekers with a Bachelor’s Degree registered at JCB dropped by 27 per cent from 2,329 to 1,700. Whereas from April 2017 to December 2017, the number of local jobseekers with qualifications of lower secondary and below registered at JCB dropped by nine per cent from 5,298 to 4,813.
JCB is a one-stop career centre where locals apply for jobs in the private sector. They offer career counselling, online training, digital literacy, and assistance on CV writing and interviews. They provide interviewing rooms, meeting rooms and auditorium facilities for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).
iReady commenced in April 2017. Apprentices are mentored and assessed for three years. Companies may permanently employ an apprentice at any time.
To apply for the I-Ready Apprenticeship Programme, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brunei, and graduates (degree and above) registered at JCB, with little to no working experience. There is no age limit.
Apprenticeship slots will be advertised on JCB. On February 22, 2018, 1,263 graduates were involved in iReady. A total of 146 iReady apprentices have obtained permanent jobs in the government, private sector and statutory boards.
To further increase employment, the Industry Competency Framework (ICF) has been introduced to train jobseekers. After completing the training, trainees will receive Conditional Offer of Employment (COE).
To accommodate trainees, Centre of the Capacity Building (PPK) was built in September 2017. In January 2018, 619 trainees completed their courses at PPK, with 616 employed at Pulau Muara Besar.
From April 2017 to December 2017, the number of local jobseekers with technical and vocational education and training (TVET) qualifications registered at JCB dropped from 3,665 to 2,996 – a decrease of 18 per cent.
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