| James Kon |
A MEMORANDUM of Understanding (MoU) was inked between Nisai Group Ltd of the United Kingdom (Nisai) and local company Syarikat Pakar Tenaga Bersatu (PTB) to establish the NISAI –NOCN-PTB Centre in Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday.
The MoU was signed during the Royal Institution 14th Global Congress and Conferment event at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
Signing on behalf of Nisai was Chief Executive Officer, FDr Dr Dhruv Patel while Founder and Managing Director FDr Pengiran Hishamuddin Alli bin Pengiran Jaya Indera Pengiran Haji Mokhtar Puteh signed on behalf of Syarikat Pakar Tenaga Bersatu.
The proposed Brunei Regional Centre is expected to recruit and employ at least 15 Bruneians during its primary stage to receive teacher/mentor training to address learning requirements of Nisai clients. Local technical and vocational trainers will also become trainers and assessors for the Technical and Vocational blended learning courses.
“What first attracted me to establish the regional centre in Brunei Darussalam was the high standard of proficiency of Bruneians in understanding and conversing in English as well as the education system which is based on the United Kingdom’s. The Internet connectivity is the prime consideration in term of deliverance of services. Its central location amidst the ASEAN member countries and being ‘Business friendly’ enticed me to invest in and set up the branch in Brunei Darussalam,” Dr Patel said.
Pengiran Hishamuddin Alli said, “PTB is committed to provide means for career development and progression for trainees. We look to provide career development as part of lifelong learning and increase productivity through several programmes for companies.”
The Regional Centre is expected to cater to clients from across the Asian region including China and Japan as well as several countries in the Middle East to offer alternative learning through a virtual platform for academic Cambridge international IGCSEs and A Levels subjects.
The strategic partnership with the National Open College Network (NOCN) of the United Kingdom, Vocational and Work based programmes could also be delivered online.
The Brunei Regional Centre will also work with the National Open College Network which is a market leading international awarding organisation recognised by the United Kingdom that gives accreditation for technical-vocational courses such as tourism and construction.
The NOCN group includes NOCN (UK), India skills foundation, Cskills awards recently acquired from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in 2017 and One awards. It is at the forefront of Technical and Vocational Skills development and apprenticeships and they are the driving force of the introduction of the Apprenticeship levy in the United Kingdom.