| Zee Yusri |
AS ICT has become the key enabler for various activities across many sectors of the economy, being competent in the ICT industry is certainly relevant.
With a vision of a Smart Society by 2017, Bruneians’ daily endeavours in the future will also be made more convenient with innovations driven by reliable and accessible technologies.
High-speed broadband is one of these identified technologies, and having consistent and fully supported broadband services is crucial to realise a Smart Society in the country.
This was stated by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications (MinCom), Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, in his speech as the guest of honour during the First Graduation Ceremony for TelBru’s 260 participants who have successfully completed various training programmes conducted by the company over the last six months.
The government’s initiatives to develop and enhance ICT capacity building, he added, are very much complemented by key stakeholders such as TelBru, whose initiative to train and upgrade the skills of its employees correlates very well with the Brunei Vision 2035 and the fact that Brunei aspires to be known for its highly skilled and knowledgeable people.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, presents a certificate to one of Tel-Bru’s Apprenticeship Training Scheme scholarship recipients. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
TelBru’s Chairman Dato Paduka Hj Hisham bin Hj Mohd Hanifah presenting a certificate as CEO David Kay looks on
The guest of honour presents a certificate to a scholarship recipient
Chairman of TelBru presenting a certificate to one of the recipients
The permanent secretary further shared that MinCom, through the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), is currently implementing the National ICT Manpower Master Plan and Training for the Development of ICT Industry Compeptency Framework for Brunei Darussalam, which focuses on the supply and demand of skilled ICT professionals, to ensure that they are in line with the Sultanate’s economic aspirations, to support the industry’s demands and to become one of the key supporting pillars behind the country’s economic diversification activities.
Meanwhile, in his welcoming remarks, TelBru’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
David Kay mentioned that the four key training programmes conducted demonstrates the company’s commitment to provide employees with continuous learning as well as to produce a competent and highly motivated workforce that will contribute towards achieving TelBru’s mission of becoming a successful telecommunications business.
The four key training programmes were the Young Talent Development Programme for 19 fresh university graduates; the Supervisory Certification Programme for supervisors and newly promoted officers; the Technician Apprentice Programme for 21 young technicians with engineering background, and the Certified Hands-on Fibre Installation for FTTH involving about 150 technicians.
The CEO also announced that TelBru for the first time will be sponsoring 11 students from the Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (MTSSR) to undergo a two-year Higher National Technical Education Certificate (HNTec) in Telecommunications and Information Technology, a newly introduced course created jointly by TelBru and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), which will begin in 2015 under the Apprenticeship Training Scheme including fully sponsored on-the-job training.
The graduation ceremony, which was held yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, was also attended by the Permanent Secretary (Policy and Investment) at the Ministry of Finance, Dato Paduka Hj Hisham bin Hj Mohd Hanifah, in his capacity as the Chairman of TelBru, members of the Board of Directors, as well as senior officials from MinCom and the Ministry of Education.