Diploma in Technical Education gaining popularity

Izah Azahari

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Academy programmes are gaining favour with stakeholders and the public. This is reflected in the increase in applicants to Diploma in Technical Education programme with 64 participants due to start in July.

This was said by Acting Director of Technical Education at Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli during a certificate presentation at IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus for 10 trainees who completed the Foundation in Technical Education (FTE) course and another 10 trainees who completed the National Technical Education Certificate (NTec) in Caregiver (Cancer Care) course recently.

Dr Haji Mohd Zamri said TVET Academy provides training programmes for professional development for teachers and NTec in Caregiver (Cancer Care) course is a collaboration between IBTE and Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC).

He said according to Ministry of Health (MoH) statistics, 704 Brunei residents were diagnosed with cancer in 2019. This not only has a huge impact on the patients’ lives but also their family members.

The introduction of the NTec in Caregivers (Cancer Care) course in 2019 was aimed at meeting the demand for special care including medication, treatment, nutrition and hygiene, he added.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh tours the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Academy building. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI & IBTE SULTAN SAIFUL RIJAL CAMPUS
Acting Director of Technical Education at Institute of Brunei Technical Education Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli

“IBTE will always strive to produce highly skilled and competitive students and ensure that the programmes are relevant and in line with the current job market and needs of the industry,” said the acting director.

The event also saw the awarding of Best Trainee Teacher by guest of honour, Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, in her capacity as Chairperson of the IBTE Board of Governors, to 17416 Sergeant Muhd Umar Abdul Aziz bin Abu Bakar.

The event concluded with a tour of TVET Academy Building and the inauguration ceremony of the School of Hospitality and Tourism IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus’ Longhouse Training Restaurant.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, IBTE governing board members, and senior officers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and IBTE were also present.