| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
THE Ministry of Development (MoD) received the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Training Scheme renewal in a ceremony held on Thursday at the Public Works Department Headquarters, which was witnessed by Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar.
During the ceremony, Permanent Secretary (Infrastructure, Housing and Professional) at the MoD Haji Amer Hishamuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Zakaria received the ICE Training Scheme Renewal Certificate from Patrick Courtney, an International Membership Recruitment Manager at ICE (UK).
The Employer-Managed ICE Training Schemes are structured training programmes run by ICE-approved employers such as the Ministry of Development to help engineers acquire the skills, knowledge and experience they need to complete the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage to become professionally qualified.
The ICE Training Scheme helps graduate trainees get engineering knowledge, experience and competence by providing opportunities to find and implement solutions to engineering problems. Trainees are expected to achieve the IPD attributes, complete the IPD stage of professional qualification and record how they have gained relevant knowledge, to support their application for the Professional Review.
The MoD has also been accredited by ICE (UK) for the CEng Employer-Managed Further Learning Programme, a core programme where the Ministry of Development acts as a platform in guiding engineers as professionals who are capable of developing the nation.
This programme is recognised by ICE (UK) as a postgraduate diploma in professional engineering and the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC), as a Brunei Darussalam Qualifications Framework Level 7 Master’s Degree.
Earlier this year, 19 candidates passed all modules and received their certificates upon the completion of a 30-month Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Engineering Course, which was carried out on a part-time basis.
Based in London, ICE is an independent body for civil engineers with over 92,000 members, of whom three quarters are located in the UK, while the rest are located in more than 150 other countries.
As a professional body, ICE aims to support and promote professional learning both to graduates and existing practitioners, while managing professional ethics, safeguarding the status of engineers and representing the interests of the profession. It sets standards for membership of the body in working with industry and academia to advance engineering standards, and advise on education and training curricula.
ICE members can access the world’s largest collection of civil engineering resources with over 130,000 library titles in the civil engineering library, which includes e-books, journals, textbooks and reference material. With 148 members in Brunei, ICE aims to continue supporting the civil engineering profession by offering professional qualification, promoting education, maintaining professional ethics, and liaising with industry and academia.