Call to further strengthen TVET education


Izah Azahari

The Brunei Institute of Technical Education (IBTE) should continue to strengthen studies in technical fields and vocational training in order to produce highly qualified and quality human capital.

Education Minister Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman made the call during the 29th IBTE Convocation Ceremony at the International Convention Center yesterday.

“Education is a trigger for creativity, a generator of innovation that equips the young generation with the skills to be competitive in the job market and to become the engine of global economic development,” he said.

In updating its curriculum, IBTE should be proactive and innovative in restructuring educational programs to meet labor market needs, based on the more challenging Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0).

As the whole world is on the brink of IR 4.0, which is a digital industry involving automated robots and big data analysis in the performance of daily tasks, the Minister said, “It is necessary for the technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Be on alert by making changes in line with digital transformation to maintain competitiveness and progress in the modern global landscape.

Brunei Institute of Technical Education graduates with their certificates. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

The minister urged IBTE to take steps to jointly add value to each study program, including introducing modular programs designed to meet market needs.

“Networking with industry must be intensified to open wider training opportunities, especially in areas critical to producing a highly skilled workforce in the country,” said Dato Seri Setia. Awang Haji Hamzah, adding that “to meet the growing demand for skilled labor in line with the local labor market, IBTE must continue its strategic planning by increasing the supply of apprenticeship places through the collaboration with industry.

“I believe that focusing on improving the quality of teaching and learning through the implementation of collaborative programs with local and foreign actors will pave the way for IBTE graduates to achieve the international standards and have the potential to succeed in the market as required by the industry,” said the Minister.

Strengthening the TVET system is a step considered highly appropriate as this area will help the country shape human capital towards the formation of new technologies, with noble values ​​so that graduates can meet the challenges of IR 4.0.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah expressed the hope that the quality of teaching and learning at IBTE can be periodically improved to meet the needs of stakeholders (public and private sectors), and that it will continue to be strong, dynamic and advanced in creating opportunities for further studies at a higher level.

“The success of an institution also depends on its ability to produce graduates who are innovative and creative enough to create jobs, not just to produce graduates looking for work,” he said.


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