Dec 25, 2012

Brunei - Number of jobseekers halved

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SLP programme important factor in 48% decrease.

THE number of job seekers registered at the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK) has halved since it introduced the Employment and Training Scheme (SLP).

The decrease - about 48 per cent from the year prior to its introduction - was no cause for alarm, said Assistant Commissioner of Labour, Dk Siti Khatizah Pg Hj Bakar. Instead, it was more of a good sign as it indicated that individuals were able to successfully secure employment.

In a phone interview with The Brunei Times, she said, "Before the SLP, it was hard for people to get jobs." With the SLP, jobseekers have the opportunity to gain experience as cashiers, supervisors, sales persons, labourers or butchers to name a few.

"It is not an indication of unemployment".

It may seem as though it represents unemployment but Dk Siti Khatizah explained that not everyone who registered at APTK was unemployed.

"Some of them are looking for better employment". Additionally, she said that those registered were actively seeking employment as well, beyond the assistance of APTK.

Jobseekers who successfully enter the SLP will be able to gain financial benefits in addition to receiving a salary from their respective employers from the private sector. It requires participants to undergo three months of on-the-job training before receiving a two year contract with the company that they have been allocated to.

The Brunei Darussalam Statistical Yearbook 2011 states the number of registered jobseekers has decreased from 5,951 in 2010 to 2,895 in 2011.


The Brunei Times

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