AFTER three-days of intense competition, students from Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), who represented Brunei Darussalam at the 10th WorldSkills Asean competition, returned triumphantly to the Sultanate late Wednesday night from Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dk Qamarina Hayati binti Pengiran Kemarudin won third place in the Cooking skill area beating the other 17 contestants, while Nur Amirah binti Haji Mohaimin was awarded the Medallion of Excellence in the same skill area. Both students are from the Hospitality Department, Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (MTSSR). Muhammad Sallehuddin bin Haji Salleh from Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College (MKJB), won the Medallion of Excellence award by surpassing the benchmark set in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) skill area.
The 10th WorldSkills Asean competition, was held in Hanoi from October 24 to 26, 2014.
The competition themed ‘Skills – Our Intrinsic Values’ was organised from October 19 to 29 with a total of 25 skills areas, including 23 official events and two demonstrations. It attracted 283 competitors, 192 experts, 950 delegates and observers from the 10 Asean member states.
The WorldSkills Asean Competition is held every two years to present talents on skills and advanced technologies in the sector of vocational training in the Asean region. Among the objectives of the competition are to promote and upgrade the skills standard in the region and consequently at the international level, as well as to strengthen solidarity and foster technical cooperation in vocational/technical education and training between member countries.
Brunei has regularly participated in the competition and has won several awards and this year marked Brunei’s 9th participation.
The participants in the competition are highly-skilled and they are awarded for their skills. The competition is based on the realisations that vocational training is the best choice as it develops intrinsic values within the participants, their life, family and society.
Throughout the competition the core values that served as the five pillars of the skills competition were Integrity, Transparency, Fairness, Cooperation and Innovation.
Dk Qamarina Hayati binti Pengiran Kemarudin, a student from the Apprenticeship in Cookery and Services programme attributed her success to the intensive coaching under the tutelage of Chef Rizal from The Empire Hotel & Country Club where she was attached to for a few months. She also thanked the instructors at the Hospitality Department in MTSSR as well as Chef Sani and Chef Fairuz at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
She added that in order to excel in such a prestigious competition, one needs to have passion and commitment and to be ready physically and mentally as the competition is quite challenging.
Nur Amirah binti Haji Mohaimin, currently a student from the SC3 in Food Beverage and Production programme, was surprised that she won the Medallion of Excellence because the other competitors were also well trained.
She was quite jubilant at winning the award and credited her success to the intensive training she received from Cikgu Hjh Fatmah and Cikgu Hjh Rohana, both instructors at the Hospitality Department in MTSSR as well as the chefs at the Orchid Garden Hotel where she was trained.
During the competition, she gained new experience and friends and received constructive criticism that will enable her to develop her skills further.
She advised other students to participate in competitions such as this as it can be used as a platform to gain exposure, learn new skills and techniques and to advance further in the trade.
Muhammad Sallehuddin bin Haji Salleh, a student from the Diploma in Building Services and Engineering programme in MKJB, proudly shared his experience of winning the Medallion of Excellence award in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) skills area.
He said his instructor and HOD at the Building Services Engineering Department in MKJB, Cikgu Amir, helped him to achieve the award.
Six months of intensive training allowed him to enter the competition with enough confidence to face the other contenders from the Asean countries.
Aside from winning, he feels that the experience he gained using new tools and equipment, different from those found in Brunei, is very valuable, adding that he is proud to bring home his medal and that support from his teammates was very important.