| Hakim Hayat |
SOME 2,342 graduates from seven technical and vocational institutions received their diplomas and certificates in a convocation ceremony at Universiti Brunei Darussalam yesterday.
The 21st National Convocation for Technical and Vocational Institutions ceremony was divided into morning and afternoon sessions, in which 21 graduates received National Diploma certificates, 1,103 graduates were awarded Diplomas, 337 graduates received their Skill Certificate II awards, 621 graduates received their Skill Certificate III awards and 16 students received their National Trade Certificate II awards.
Also graduating was the first intake of the Industrial Skills Qualification programmes, where 244 received their awards.
Facilitating the morning session’s presentation was Dato Paduka Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), while Dato Paduka Awg Hj Jamain bin Haji Julaihi, Permanent Secretary (Downstream & Power) at the PMO presented the awards in the afternoon session.
In his welcoming speech, Director of Technical Education, Dr Chin Wei Keh shared that studies indicate 65 per cent of the 1,103 graduates of the Institute of Brunei Technical Education have managed to secure jobs four months upon completion of their programmes and that 75 per cent of respondents said the career paths they are pursuing are relevant to their programmes.
Also in attendance was Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Jefriah, whose son, YAM Pengiran Anak Muhammad Abdul Qayyum bin YAM Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir graduated with a Diploma in Business (Entrepreneurship).
Graduates at the ceremony had pursued their studies at Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College, Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College, Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School, Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School, Business School, Mechanical Training Centre and the Wasan Vocational School.
Also present were Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, Deputy Minister of Education, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries as well as parents and guardians.