HIRED Workshop

As the digital era takes root, all countries are facing challenges with respect to equipping the population and workforce with the relevant skill sets to thrive. It is crucial to develop the students and graduates in areas where skills and capabilities are currently lacking such as cyber security specialists, data engineers, artificial intelligence experts and Internet-of-Things. However, there is an imperative need to update the current workforce. Speaking during the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Brunei Legacy Project: Harnessing Impact with Resilient Employability Digitally - HIRED Employment Workshop on Data Analytics held virtually yesterday, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications said the upskilling and reskilling of local workforce are also essential, especially in the short and medium term as robots and automation displace manual workers and new careers and industries sprout out as a result of digitalization.

Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof added that for Manpower and Talent Development, the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications hopes to increase the workforce in ICT sector, number of ICT Professionals and digital literacy rate of the general workforce to take on the challenges of the digital economy.

Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman, Member of Legislative Council as Chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council emphasised that it is important for businesses and the government to work together to ensure they are taking the necessary measures towards creating a better-equipped workforce. Also joining was His Excellency John Virgoe, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. The main aim of the workshop was to provide an understanding of the professional standards, competence requirements and skills opportunities that are based on employers needs for data analytics.

Source: Radio Television Brunei