New offerings from IBTE

James Kon

The Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) introduced ‘iSkill’, its latest new qualification programme comprising five specific courses to serve local industry needs.

iSkill™ is a new qualification programme developed with close collaboration between the relevant industry and the support of the Manpower Industry Steering Committee Working Group (Energy), together with the Institute of Brunei Technical Education, a press
release stated.

“The programme underwent a rigorous process to match and align industry requirements and expectations for our local workforce. This includes potential opportunities in developing a pathway towards a professional career in the relevant skill pools. iSkill modules in the programme were mapped to recognise international standards and developed to serve industry needs by opening opportunities, specifically for local participation, to achieve greater occupational skill levels in support of Brunei Vision 2035.”

Five iSkill™programmes are ready to be implemented this year and in early 2021. They are: iSkill™ NTec in Welding, iSkill™ ISQ in Scaffolder, iSkill™ ISQ in Rigger, iSkill™ ISQ in Blaster Painter and iSkill™ ISQ in Marker/Pipe Fitter.

iSkill™ NTec in Welding (Oil & Gas), the first programme to be launched this August, will be conducted for two years at the IBTE Sultan Bolkiah Campus, Seria. This programme will provide knowledge and skills in welding processes and techniques relevant to the oil and
gas industry. The programme is open to local citizens and permanent residents with the minimum entry requirements of two GCE O-Level (or equivalent) passes in mathematics and any English medium subject, who are keen in embarking on a professional skills career in the industry sector.

Prospective applicants who wish to take up the iSkill™ NTec in Welding can register online via TVECAS (www.ibte.edu.bn/tvecas). Registration is open from June 9 to 22.

The remaining four iSkill™ programmes are expected to be conducted in January 2021, at the IBTE Mechanical Campus, Tungku.

In the near future, more iSkills™ programmes are to be rolled out to other industries beyond the oil and gas sectors.