Building competent, vibrant workforce

James Kon

Governing board members of Southeast Asian Ministers of the Education Organisation Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (SEAMEO Voctech) convened at the SEAMEO Voctech Centre in Gadong for the 30th Governing Board Meeting (GBM).

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh was present as the guest of honour at the opening of the 30th GBM, as well as the opening of the second round of Technical Skills Upgrading Programme for TVET Teachers and Trainers in Southeast Asia in collaboration with Temasek Foundation and ITE Education Services (ITEES) Singapore.

During the GBM, representatives and presenters from 10 Southeast Asian countries – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – submitted reports, while deliberating and reflecting over programmes and activities carried out in the last fiscal year.

SEAMEO Secretariats also presented significant points and actions taken on key agenda items from the SEAMEO meeting in the fiscal year of 2019-2020.

During the opening of the second round of the Technical Skills Programme, the Centre Director of SEAMEO Voctech Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli outlined its objectives of enhancing technical and pedagogical skills of master trainers in the area of excellent services in hospitality, and automotive engineering through participation in the master training programme at ITE Singapore.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh takes a closer look at a project by the trainers. PHOTOS: Rahwani Zahari
Attendees at the event

“Using cost-sharing arrangements, we agreed that the training programme consists of two phases – a training programme for 90 TVET master teachers at ITE Singapore and a post-training sharing workshop in the participants’ home countries with least 270 trainers led by the master trainers,” he said.

Each training programme at ITEES Singapore lasts for two weeks while the post-training programme in the participants’ home countries will last for a week.

For this second round, he said, “Up to now, we managed to reach 622 post-training participants. Thus, the total number of teachers benefitting from the training programme is 712, exceeding the number of the first round, which was 633 people. “

Board Director of Temasek Foundation International Goh Yong Siang said in his remarks, “This is not the first time that the foundation has collaborated with SEAMEO Voctech in TVET; together with ITE Education Services we partnered on an earlier programme that focussed on technical skills and pedagogy in the areas of electronics, facility technology and mechatronics.

Present for the two-day event ending today are Director of the SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand Dr Ethel Agnes P Velenzuela, and Chairman of the Governing Board and Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Technologi Brunei Pengiran Dr Saiful Baharin bin Pengiran Duraman, together with other dignitaries representing SEAMEO member countries and associate countries; and the heads of renowned organisations including Temasek Foundation, ITEES Singapore, GIZ-RECOTVET and Labtech International Limited.