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About the role

About the role

Due to an increased project size, CfBT Brunei (part of Education Development Trust) is looking for a further experienced Senior EFL trainer (ST) to join its existing team, working on a new and exciting contract, teaching English to Chinese engineers onsite on the island of Pulau Muara Besar just off the coast north of the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. Successful candidates will receive an initial 18 month fixed contract. The ST should be available to be in country by 6 January 2020, and begin teaching shortly thereafter.

The successful applicant will be joining a small, dedicated team of Trainers and a Senior Trainer who are supported and supervised by a Training Team Manager. We are seeking a candidate with the ability to work autonomously, as that is what the day-to-day realities of this role will require. Working 5 days a week, delivering up to 20 contact hours of lessons, you will be on site teaching, planning, marking and developing materials. 

As an Senior Trainer, you will additionally:

  • act as a mentor to trainers with less (in some cases) experience.
  • co-lead on team planning in terms of lesson plan, materials, ESP materials and both formative and summative test design.
  • be involved in the observation programme as part of your mentoring, with your classes covered on such occasions to facilitate this.
  • co-lead on IELTS preparation/and or delivery once students complete our ‘level 5’ (high B1).

The aim of the programme is to take around 800 employees from an estimated beginner/elementary to intermediate level, helping to design and deliver a bespoke English course and getting the workforce confident at speaking and understanding their Bruneian counterparts orally. We need the engineers to be confident in their oral communications as quickly as possible, and then build on those skills to raise their level of English to a good intermediate level. The bespoke ESP delivery and opportunity to learn key aspects of project management will provide you with valuable experience in your career development.

Outside of work, you are free to enjoy the delights of living in tropical Borneo, with great, and inexpensive connections to other south-east Asian destinations. Brunei is a quiet and incredibly peaceful country. Citizens enjoy a high standard of living. It offers a wealth of natural beauty and would really suit outdoor types, and those with a willingness to work in a cultural environment that may be different from their own.

Candidates should be aware that this is a single status contract and no education support for dependents or sponsorship for spouses is available. 


The importance of the contract and client mean that we are looking for teachers of high calibre. The ideal candidate will be a native English speaker with a first degree, a CELTA and a DELTA. Consideration will be given to differently qualified (MA TESOL, Applied Linguistics) and suitably experienced candidates. Experience in a Senior Teaching role within EFL and with experience of delivering both ESP and IELTS training are imperative. Experience of Chinese learners is an advantage.

Salary and Benefits

Tax free remuneration (subject to satisfactory probation and performance):

  • Senior Trainer B$3,500 (approx. £2,000) per month, tax-free.
  • Contract Completion Bonus of one-twelfth of the total salary paid.
  • Mid-term travel allowance of B$1500.
  • Furnished, comfortable accommodation within a short driving distance from your work site.
  • Baggage allowance of up to B$1000 (this total covers inward and outbound trips)
  • Settling-in allowance of B$500
  • Car hire on arrival and for one –two months while awaiting your driving permits (you will need to be able to drive, and have a full driving licence; Once you have your permit, transport will be your own responsibility)
  • An interest-free car loan of up to B$10,000
  • An interest free computer loan of up to B$2000
  • Return flight to  your destination of origin at the conclusion of the contract (an one-way ticket will be provided at contract start)
  • All visa costs
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • 28 days annual holiday leave + 15 national holidays (43 days in total)

To be considered please apply by 22nd November 2019 

About the organisation
CfBT Education Services has been working with the Ministry of Education in Brunei for over 30 years. Our focus is to raise the proficiency and attainment levels of Bruneian students through high impact teaching and learning in classrooms, specialized national support and intervention programmes, and the continuous building of our own and local capacity across primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges.
Our principal sponsor is Education Development Trust, a UK education charity that works with governments, schools and other partners across the globe to provide excellent education for all