| Danial Norjidi |
SKILLS, strategies and challenges pertaining to entrepreneurship were highlighted during a forum held at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (Voctech) yesterday.
A panel of five speakers were featured at the forum, discussing the topic, ‘Entrepreneurship Skills and Strategies: Pathways for the Future’.
Among the aims of yesterday’s forum were to share and discuss the challenges encountered in the pursuit of entrepreneurship initiatives; share multi-sectoral initiatives and strategies in support of improved entrepreneurship skills response; highlight the important entrepreneurship competencies required to succeed in a business initiative; and promote innovation and initiatives on entrepreneurship competencies as building blocks for learning and self-reliance.
It was also aimed at examining how institutions engaged in delivering Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills programmes respond to the requirements of a rapidly changing world; increasing the employability of students and trainees and empowering them with relevant skills needed for the labour market; bridging the gap between the vast need to prepare the new generation to help develop societies and economies, and the current offerings of educational and training institutions; and making teachers become more entrepreneurial in teaching entrepreneurship.
The first to speak was Head of the Entrepreneurship Village (EV) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Adna Shatriremie bin Haji Abdul Rahman.
In his presentation, Adna shared that the EV was first established in 2014, and explained that it is an entrepreneurial platform for start-up growth and entrepreneurship education development for multi-disciplinary backgrounds and interests. He also highlighted some success stories from the EV.
Next to speak was Senior Technical Instructor and Entrepreneur Club Coordinator at Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Fujiminori bin Haji Darwis.
Among the points he shared was that the transformation of IBTE had been designed more on “competency-based training” and noted that an authentic learning approach is adopted to produce competent and skilled workforce. His presentation also highlighted that in authentic learning, teachers become facilitators and the students learn in a real life setting.
The third speaker to feature was owner of Kunyit 7 Lodge Dayangku Kemariah binti Pengiran Haji Duraman, who shared insights from her experience as an entrepreneur and how she managed to achieve success with her homestay business in Kampong Ayer.
Next to present was founder of Big BWN Project Noorhafizah binti Rashid. In her presentation, she shared that the Big BWN Project is a local enterprise focussed mainly on youth development projects, young entrepreneurs and talents for community development, through the creation of platforms for exposure to build their brands, businesses, skills and talents.
It also works to give those established online the ability to have an offline relationship with potential customers and audiences.
The forum’s final presenter was Relationship Officer at Bank Usahawan Fatimah Az-Zahra binti Tassim. In her presentation, she shared that the overall objective of Bank Usahawan is to provide financial facilities and other financial services to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).