Under one of the country’s e-Government Strategic Plan initiatives, Developing Capabilities & Capacity, Brunei has been training its civil service staff in ICT through the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme.
From February to March 2011, 44 civil servants completed the ICDL programme which covers modules meant to impart basic knowledge in handling computers especially in utilising e-mails and ICT systems—an objective in line with the e-Government Strategic Plan’s target to have 100 per cent e-mail usage in the civil service.
Sharifah Hajah Fatmah bte Shaikh Haji Ahmad, the Director of Civil Services Institute (IPA), said the government has plans to further proliferate this programme.
“The IPA has provisioned for more trainings to be done, allocating a target of 2,000 officers and staff to participate for the 2011-2012 period,” Ahmad said.
She added that all programmes are in line with the Brunei civil service’s needs and desire to “lessen the skill gap” so as to boost productivity and performance of individuals.
Through ICT training programmes for the civil service, officers and staff of Brunei’s civil service would be more competent, competitive and equipped with skills that are needed to contribute to quality and productivity improvements, said Ahmad.