THE gap between industry skills and qualifications needs to be bridged to enable companies to assimilate graduates into the workforce quicker, a group of ICT industry executives said yesterday.
During the Telekom Brunei (TelBru) ICT Forum, ICT executives highlighted that graduates need to be industry-ready as soon as possible, particularly if they are joining companies that often have limited resources to work with.
Siti Nuraazzah Pehin Dato Haji Abdul Aziz, chief technology officer of satellite communications company Network Integrity Assurance Technologies (NiAT), said it is important for the companies to be maximising their capability with the given resources.
For NiAT, she said the company has to strike a balance between investing in people and technology to sustain the business.
We are not ready to take on a sudden influx of graduates right now, but that may happen in the next five years depending on the business plan, she said in the forum at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
She then noted that it is important for NiAT to have the right people who are able to provide support to their technology as soon it is adopted by the company.
Hjh Siti Rozana Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos, head of corporate services at BAG Networks, said education and industry skills need to be integrated in order to create an improved ecosystem that produces industry-ready graduates.
By doing so, graduates are then able to meet the requirements of companies, she said.
She also called on graduates to match their qualifications with the right attitude and improve communication skills in order to progress in their careers.
Hj Malai Anwar Hussain Syed Ahmad Hussin, IM at Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), said graduates need to be able to perform the tasks given to them and work independent of instruction.
He said the graduates must also think for themselves and be able to communicate themselves properly.
Hj Awang Hj Mohd Daud, chief executive officer of HAHD Engineering and Associates, said local companies are prepared to take in graduates who are confident and deemed industry-ready.
TelBru said in a press release that the forum seeks to encourage constructive dialogue between ICT industry players and stakeholders. The event was also attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Education, Brunei Economic Development Board and other government-related entities.
The Brunei Times