Good news for technical and vocational teaching instructors

James Kon

Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) marked another milestone yesterday with the launch of its TVET Academy, the first academy in the country to offer technical and vocational teaching instructors with training and professional development courses.

IBTE Acting CEO Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli said, “In realising the nation’s Aspiration in Vision 2035 on producing educated, highly skilled and accomplished people, IBTE has carried out the initiative to establish its TVET Academy.”

The TVET Academy, he said, “Is the first of its kind training academy to offer teacher training programmes and professional development courses for technical and vocational teaching staff to improve the quality of education and training to produce highly skilled and
educated individuals.”

On facing the challenges of globalisation, Dr Haji Mohd Zamri said, “There is a need to upgrade skills as preparation for any changes may come in the future. Therefore, the establishment of the academy, with the introduction of new approaches in teaching and skills in terms of pedagogical, social and technical development to provide the skills needed to meet market demands by producing a skilled, knowledgeable and positive workforce.”

The academy has already introduced three programmes. They are the Foundation in Technical Education programme (six months full-time), the Certificate in Technical Education programme (one year full-time and one year six months part-time) and the Diploma in Technical Education programme (one year full-time and one year six months part-time).

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad, Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh and senior officials from IBTE and Ministry of Education in a group photo. PHOTO: IBTE

The acting CEO said the TVET Academy received nine trainees from Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in June taking the Foundation in Technical Education’ programme. Meanwhile the number of intake of trainees increased for programmes under the academy where 10 trainees were offered to join the Certificate in Technical Education programme while seven will join the Diploma in Technical Education programme.

On the future of TVET Academy, Dr Haji Mohd Zamri said, “In addition to the development of personal quality and professionalism of teaching staff, the academy will expand its training and professional development compressively in line with administrative development, management development and supervision, technical development, workshop development, educational development and language development.”

Deputy Minister of Education and Chairperson of IBTE Board of Governors Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh attended the launching ceremony at the Lecture Threatre of IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus in Jalan Muara as the guest of honour.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) Dr Chin Wei Keh and Ministry of Education (MoE) officials were also present.

The TVET Academy was established by IBTE in June 2019 to provide and facilitate training on instructional content and delivery for instructors as well as provide mentoring support for instructors, both during the programme and after graduation, for up to one year and coordinate and facilitate professional development courses for teaching and non-teaching instructors.