National Competency Framework


The upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors within the energy industry occupy a significant position in the economy of Brunei Darussalam. Oil and gas generates 90 per cent of export earnings and accounts for half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Despite its dominant position in the economy, the broader energy industry employs less than 20 per cent of the workforce and a significant number of these workers are not Bruneian nationals.

The Brunei Darussalam Government identified the need for a formal national competency framework to support the development of energy industry workforce skills.

The challenge

  • Developing a competency framework for the energy industry
  • Specifying competencies and skills for energy industry occupations
  • Developing a compliance and assurance system to support the energy industry’s skill requirements
  • Specifying skill and career pathways
  • Identifying skills development models such as employment-based training arrangements that will support the ongoing operation of the competency framework

The JGC Group approach

Senior members led a team of Australian consultants in the development of the workforce competency framework for the oil and gas industry in Brunei Darussalam. What we achieved:

  • Identified key issues to be addressed to position the energy industry for future growth and to create improved employment opportunities for local people
  • Strategies were developed to increase the number of Bruneian nationals working in the energy industry and to align local vocational training to industry skill requirements
  • Established quality measures to ensure trade and technician level training satisfies global oil and gas industry expectations
  • Created formal skill and career pathways throughout the energy industry
  • We conducted a broad range of consultations, forums and workshops throughout Brunei Darussalam to ensure the highest level of stakeholder engagement
  • Standard workforce analysis and development models were designed and applied on a whole of industry basis.

The result

As a result of the work completed the Government of Brunei Darussalam launched the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) mid-2013.

The recommendations of the consultancy team have been implemented with strategies now in place to achieve a target of 80% local employment in the oil and gas industry by 2035.