In a recent announcement, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has revealed the names of the six individuals chosen to join its 28th intake of the Engineering Apprentice Programme. The signing ceremony took place at RB Campus in the capital and marked a significant milestone for the selected candidates. The apprentices, Awangku Mohd Hardifadillah bin Pengiran Maswani, Muhammad Syafiq bin Haji Hasnul Fikri, Muhammad Haziq Fadli bin Zambahri, Jing Yi Lim, Samuel Sim Guo Ping, and Muaz Munawwir Abdul Muaz bin Haji Mohammad Affno, were carefully selected from a pool of 483 candidates following a rigorous assessment and selection process.
The signing ceremony featured distinguished guests, including Dr. Haji Azman bin Ahmad, the Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE), and Rosimah Sumaimah binti Haji Matassim, Acting Special Duties Officer at the MoE. Representing RB, the signing was attended by Chief Executive Officer Captain Sabirin bin Haji Abdul Hamid, Chief People and Performance Officer Haji Abdul Nasir bin Haji Bolhassan, and Senior Vice President of Ground Services Hajah Masrini binti Abdullah.
RB’s Engineering Apprentice Programme, which has been running since 1978, aims to develop individuals’ engineering capabilities to provide the airline with aircraft maintenance and support. Over the years, the national carrier has trained 260 local aircraft engineers. Captain Sabirin emphasized the importance of having fully qualified engineers who are locally trained within the RB program, stating, “We must be self-reliant to ensure our locals are properly trained.”
He further noted that the apprentice program aligns with Brunei Vision 2035, emphasizing the importance of well-educated and highly skilled Bruneians. Captain Sabirin expressed high hopes for the new apprentices, expecting them to develop into confident engineers with the necessary skills to prioritize safety and reliability for RB’s assets and guests.
The six apprentices will soon commence their engineering training at a fully certified and accredited engineering school in Scotland. Following 20 months of training, they will return to Brunei to begin their careers with RB.
This initiative underscores RB’s commitment to nurturing local talent and contributing to the nation’s dynamic and sustainable economy, aligning with Brunei’s long-term vision for 2035. Captain Sabirin concluded by expressing his wishes for the apprentices’ success, encouraging them to work hard and eventually joining the RB team upon completing their training.