Keep up with pace or face obsolescence

Aziz Idris

Amid the 4th Industrial Revolution, the transformation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system must match the pace of change in the workplace to cater to the increasing complex requirements of industries and individuals.

This was stated by Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman at the inaugural UK Education Business Forum at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

“The key to survive in the 4th Industrial Revolution is to become lifelong learners or risk becoming an irrelevant workforce.

“TVET system will have to adapt and innovate constantly as industrial and digital transformations will not only affect the economy but also the way people live, work and learn,” he added.

The Ministry of Education through its five-year strategic plan emphasises on strengthening core education, especially in uplifting the literacy and numeracy skills standards of learners upon completion of their basic education to ensure the right foundations are in place.

The minister said another area to explore is certification that requires specific sectors and enables Brunei students to be employable locally and internationally. The minister said new economies such as cloud computing, big data analytics, robotics, automation as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) require specific systems to perform jobs effectively.

“All these are required to cater to the increasing complex requirements of industries and individuals. The availability of new learning modalities such as modularisation, micro-credentials and open badges should also be explored to ensure that the system caters for various types of learners,” he said.

British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay hoped the first UK Education Business Forum will benefit Brunei and United Kingdom (UK) companies to support Brunei Vision 2035.

The event, themed ‘Continuous Professional Development’, identified opportunities for TVET partnerships to deliver accredited training programmes.

A panel discussion on ‘The Future of Work’ by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd, Institute of Brunei Technical Education and Pearson Asia was also conducted.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman along with British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay tour the booths. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS