PPB puts 3,470 on better footing

Rokiah Mahmud

The Youth Development Centre (PPB) saw 3,470 trainees acquiring skills under the Youth Development Programme, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said.

“The marketability of PPB trainee who graduated from the centre increased to 71 per cent in 2020 indicating that the courses’ quality and standards are in line with industry requirements,” the minister said during the 10th day of the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

“PPB has expanded its training scope to the community, particularly targetting a particular group including the village consultative council (MPK), where from 2019 to 2020, around 557 community members participated in the skills training programme from 2019 to 2020,” he said.

The minister said the PPB in collaboration with Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) implemented new courses including slaughtering and butchering courses recently. Of the eight participants, five are already employed, he said.

The minister said over the past two years, nearly BND30,000 micro grant financial assistance was awarded to 25 youth entrepreneurs who participated in the Entrepreneurship Incubator Programme with the setting up of six enterprises, while employment opportunities were provided to 24 locals in various fields including textile, tailoring, automotive, men’s hair styling and beauty which generated an income of BND60,000.

Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan said under the agriculture and farming programme, PPB successfully set up 11 companies for paddy, vegetable and fruit cultivation.

Five youth working in the 10 hectare paddy field at Wasan Agricultural Development Area (KKP Wasan) produced 35 tonnes of padi for the fourth harvest cycle. In the textile and tailoring industry, three companies – Cerita Fabrikku Sdn Bhd (CF), Astetika Corporation and Gentlemen’s Stitch opened their enterprises.

CF, managed by five youth, employed 17 other youth and successfully produced 25,000 pieces of cloths for export and the local market with their income surpassing BND37,000.

The ministry in collaboration with the MPEC, JobCentre Brunei (JCB) and higher education institutions have aligned skilled training focussing on improving marketability.