Business-focussed TVET courses can produce more entrepreneurs

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE integration of entrepreneurial knowledge and skills into Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculums would enlarge the pool of people who can potentially become entrepreneurs, Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) CEO Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil said.

Dr Haji Azaharaini was speaking as the guest of honour at the closing ceremony for the regional training programme on ‘Integrating Entrepreneurial Skills in TVET’ at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (Voctech) yesterday.

In his address, Dr Haji Azaharaini, who is also the Founding Director of SEAMEO Voctech, noted as well that the programme’s theme is “highly relevant in the context of Brunei”.

“Certainly, the integration of [an entrepreneurship component] into TVET curriculums would enlarge the pool of people who can potentially become entrepreneurs,” he said, noting the phenomenon of changes in the work environment due to rapid advancements in technology.

“One of the impacts [these advancements] have on the workplace is the broadening of the scope for conducting business. This is particularly advantageous to Brunei because of the small market and limited job opportunities and industries in the country.”

Dr Haji Azaharaini continued, “Bruneian youth should think creatively to take advantage of the Internet technology to conduct their businesses and they should be looking into exploring the markets beyond Brunei’s borders.

“Large pools of graduates with entrepreneurial skills can strengthen the growth of local businesses through the stimulation of entrepreneurial activities which may eventually contribute to the development of non-oil sectors in the economy.”

He also highlighted that with the larger pool of institutional graduates equipped with entrepreneurial skills, more Bruneian youth would be able to take advantage of the entrepreneurship ecosystem, which is in the process of being restructured by the government to create an environment where the younger generations can thrive in business.

“Thus SEAMEO Voctech, in promoting the integration of entrepreneurial education in TVET curriculum through the training programme, is not only contributing to changing the entrepreneurial mindset among students and teachers, but is also accelerating entrepreneurial successes in Brunei,” Dr Haji Azaharaini added.