Case Studies Developing a Competence Development Programme for Brunei Shell Petroleum

Vocational Middle East Qualifications and Standards


Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) has for 90 years been the largest oil and gas producer in Brunei and contributes around 90% to Brunei’s oil and gas revenues. Supporting this operation is a talented and skilled workforce of more than 25,000 personnel.

BSP’s In-Country Value Department (ICV) is tasked with spearheading the continuous capability development of local talent into the industry to remain adaptive, of high quality and sustainable for future economic development.

This work will help Brunei Shell Petroleum to achieve their proactive goals in supporting and championing Local Business Development initiatives, aligning and committing to the Wawasan 2035 Vision of His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei, to build extra capacity and advance the capabilities of local people and companies within the local oil and gas industry. Brunei Shell Petroleum have been working with AlphaPlus to tackle these challenges.


Brunei Shell Petroleum engaged AlphaPlus to support their CDP for the energy sector covering five priority skill pools initially. The skills framework is aligned with the national qualification framework, and assessment strategies and quality assurance processes ensure equivalence with UK certification and qualification standards.

The first five engineering skill pools

  • Hoisting Riggers (construction)
  • Scaffolding
  • Welding
  • Marker Fitter
  • Painter Blaster

The qualifications for the above skills pools range from 12 to 24 months and are a mix of knowledge tests, skills assignments, portfolio elements and synoptic assessments with different levels being created.

The skills framework is replicable and scalable – first to a further five key skills that have already been identified, and then to other skill requirements across multiple industries.


AlphaPlus produced high quality competence-based qualifications, and benchmarked these against recognised UK standards of equivalence. This allowed Brunei Shell Petroleum to improve their CDP to a very high industry standard which would translate into the quality of their work.


Part of the work involved Brunei Shell Petroleum gaining valuable advice and recommendations to address any skills or competence gaps and shortages identified, based on industry best practices and requirements. Such advice is invaluable for Brunei Shell Petroleum since it will lay down the foundation for a well trained and successful workforce.

British Shell Petroleum’s work with AlphaPlus assisted them in designing:

  • A scheme of work comprising:
    • A structure for the training programme week by week, with the number of training hours
    • The high level content for each lesson, including for labs and knowledge-based lessons
    • Learning outcomes for each lesson
    • Suggestions for scheduling of waypoint assessments including labs
  • Teaching guidelines:
    • Staff qualifications
    • Resources and organisation guidelines
    • Equipment lists for labs if required

Aligning the qualifications with national manpower strategies, national accreditation requirements and the capabilities of national TVET institutions will help support the local community to gain employment in its workforce. BSPs work with AlphaPlus will allow them to achieve their goal of workforce development which is one of their core strategic delivery goals for In Country Value (ICV) and is vital for growth lies in the foundation of people and people development.

Our role

  • Developing a Competence Development Programme
  • Creating a framework for the energy sector for 5 priority skill pools
  • Creating quality assurance processes.