IBTE students sign apprenticeship agreements

|     Danial Norjidi     |

FORTY-TWO students from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) signed Apprenticeship Training Agreements with participating companies from industry yesterday.

Out of the total, 18 students enrolled in NTec Apprenticeship in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning and 24 in NTec Apprenticeship in Automotive Technician programmes for the July 2017 intake signed the agreements.

In conjunction with the signing ceremony, IBTE inked Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Aifa Sdn Bhd, Bee Seng Air Conditioning and Engineering Sdn Bhd, Marsee and Company as well as Nur Zafirah Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Muhammad Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim, the Acting Commissioner of Labour, Ministry of Home Affairs attended the event as guest of honour and witnessed the signings.

Munirah ‘Atirah binti Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Development) of IBTE made a speech at yesterday’s event.

Some of the 42 students signing Apprenticeship Training Agreements as Muhammad Saufi bin Haji Ibrahim, the Acting Commissioner of Labour, Ministry of Home Affairs looks on. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
Munirah ‘Atirah binti Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Development) of IBTE delivering her welcoming speech

“I am delighted to have IBTE’s partners and colleagues here to witness today’s signing ceremony,” she said. “Today, four new companies from the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry will join IBTE’s industry networks. On behalf of IBTE, I would like to thank you for your participation in the Dual-System Apprenticeship programme.

“Through these apprenticeship schemes, I believe IBTE is able to produce graduates with relevant occupational skills, practices and ethics, allowing them to seek employment in the relevant private sectors.”

She noted that, unlike other forms of training, the apprenticeship scheme allows trainees to earn and learn concurrently. Students under this scheme will undergo both institution-based training (with IBTE) and on-the-job training (with companies).

“An apprenticeship is an effective means of bridging school and the world of work by making it possible for trainees to acquire work experience while obtaining technical and professional training. Apprentices not only acquire skills but also develop their confidence and competence in their chosen trade.”

She highlighted that IBTE strives to provide holistic education for its students. “Apart from equipping them with technical and occupational skills, they are also taught life skills, such as self-management, planning and organisation, working with others and applying numeracy. IBTE aims to generate well-rounded graduates who are prepared to meet the challenges of living in a globalised world.

“IBTE is keen on future collaborations and a close partnership with participating industries would allow them to work closely in ongoing development and training programmes,” she continued.

“IBTE takes pride the Dual-System Apprenticeship programme. Some have continued to excel into making their own mark in the world of work.

“I congratulate the 42 apprentices for signing the apprenticeship training agreement with their sponsors today. I advise all of you to make the best use of this opportunity to gain hands-on experience from your assigned supervisor at the workplace and from your instructors in IBTE,” she added.

According to a press release, IBTE believes the programme will foster the establishment of a long-lasting partnership with industry in providing training to youths to fulfil the market demand in the industry.

The press release stated that the Dual-System Apprenticeship model at IBTE is similar to the dual system of training employed by many developed countries in Europe, whereby the training schedule of the current programme will be carried out on a block release basis, in which the apprentices will undergo a total of one year institution-based training during semesters one and three, and a total of one year on-the-job training during semesters two and four.