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MoU to boost hospitality training for youth with different abilities

James Kon

“We would like to continue to give opportunities to any persons with different abilities to work in the hospitality industry.

“A job in the hotel industry allows for a deal of freedom and mobility as well as the rare opportunity to meet and interact with people from all walks and corners of life.”

This was said by Brunei Association of Hotels (BAH) President Mohd Iswandi bin Maaruf at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with An-Nur Harapan yesterday.

Youth with different abilities joining UnikLearn – a life skills and training programme for youth with different abilities under An-Nur Harapan – will be getting vocational training and work experience in the hospitality industry.

“These opportunities also cover training in communication skills, independent skills and basic calculating and measuring, which greatly compliments An-Nur Harapan’s UnikLearn programme,” Mohd Iswandi added.

The signing was held at Setia Pahlawan Hall, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism together with the UnikLearn 2022 graduation ceremony.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin witnesses the signing of the MoU between An-Nur Harapan and the Brunei Association of Hotels. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin witnessed the signing between Chairman of An-Nur Harapan Board of Directors Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman bin Pengiran Haji Damit, and Mohd Iswandi.

Mohd Iswandi recalled that in 2019, An-Nur Harapan sent several youth with different abilities to a number of industries for job training. These included the hospitality industry, where trainees underwent six months of job training in restaurants.

He praised the performance of the trainees. “I personally monitored the trainees during their six months of training. They showed good attendance, punctuality and most importantly, the willingness to complete their tasks.”

Meanwhile, An-Nur Harapan Board of Directors member Noorsurainah binti Tengah said, “Thanks to the openness and progressive thinking of the BAH, a path forward is forged in addressing inclusion and diversity at the workplace while cognisant of the industry and country’s needs.

“Our trainee, who interned in the hotel sector, is one of many to come. This partnership will give our current and upcoming trainees the confidence to venture into this and many other industries.”


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