PPB life skills programmes to help unemployed, community

James Kon

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin launched the PPB-Aewon Garment Incubation Centre, PPB-Muila Hospitality Room and the YDC De’ Café and Restaurant programme at the Youth Development Centre (PPB) yesterday.

The launch is part of the initiatives to transform the Youth Development Centre into a centre of excellence that provides training and life skill programmes to support the community and youth, help them gain employment or become self-employed, and to provide further studies opportunities for targetted inclusive groups – including unemployed youth and widows, low-income people, people with different abilities (OKUs) and welfare recipients.

Youth Development Centre Assistant Director Fauziah binti Haji Md Salleh said, “The PPB-Aewon Garment Incubation Centre is a cooperation between Aewon Garment and Embroidery with PPB, to equip youth and the community with skills and knowledge in the operation of manufacturing garments, especially fashion design courses.

The PPB-Aewon Garment Incubation Centre is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) of Aewon to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, that aspires to jointly work towards producing individuals who are financially independent; to build interest in venturing into the local garment industry and to develop participants fashion designing abilities to create/produce their own brand.

The six-month PPB Aewon Fashion Design Course which started on July 1 has produced 10 youth trainees who have established a registered company, Asterika Corporation.

The new company is operating at the PPB-Aewon Garment Incubation Centre and offers services that include production of F1 T-Shirts, Polo shirts, uniforms, coveralls, kitchen wear, sport wear, embroidery and other tailoring services for the government, private sector and individuals.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin visiting the PPB-Aewon Garment Incubation Centre; and the minister speaking to YDC De’ Café and Restaurant programme participants. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

The minister presents a certificate to Fashion Design community programme participant Norumaini binti Julaihi

“Alhamdulillah, the first local booking was for the production of 100 uniform attires for Armada Properties Sdn Bhd,” she said.

Discussing the PPB-Mulia Hospitality Room, Fauziah said, “This is one of the initiatives with Brunei Association of Hotels, in cooperation with Mulia Hotel, to implement courses relating to hotel housekeeping management at PPB. The training facility hopes to provide youth and the community with employment opportunities in the hotel industry.”

The PPB-Mulia Hospitality Room is a mock Hotel Mulia deluxe room at the PPB Fa’aizah Hostel.

Meanwhile, the YDC De’ Café and Restaurant programme themed ‘Academy of Modern Cuisine,’ is a platform open to trainees and past graduates who intend to promote their food and services, leading towards the business realm.

Cooperating with Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd (RBC), the programme is to take place at least once a month with different themes to ensure it continues to be attractive with appropriate pricing.

The programme will afford participants the experience of managing a café or restaurant as an added value after completing their skills training, and help realise their hopes of opening a café or restaurant.

Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan presented certificates to 47 participants of three separate community programmes under the PPB. Eighteen trainees participated in the Heritage of Making Traditional Cakes community programme, while eight were in the Beauty Therapy community programme, and 21 in the Fashion Design community programme. The minister toured the PPB-Aewon Garment Incubation Centre, PPB-Mulia Hospitality Room and the YDC De’ Café and Restaurant programme.

Legislative Council members Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii, Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad and Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports also attended.