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    Trainees share success stories

    Lyna Mohamad

    Following the graduation at the Youth Development Centre (PPB) recently, the Sunday Bulletin spoke with three graduates who shared their experiences during their courses.

    Trainee graduate Noorsarleenah @ Suzihana binti Sakawi, who took a six-month course in Skills Certificate in Fashion, Design and Technology, said that the module was manageable as she had basic knowledge in sewing and the machinery.

    The most challenging experience, however, was the marching order from a Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) trainer.

    “During my six months of learning, I gained more advanced knowledge from the instructor. I managed to finish the six-month module in three months, so I requested to study advanced techniques in sewing and how to manage a business. I also gained knowledge in religious subjects such as tarannum and khat jawi,“ she said.

    Noorsarleenah plans to expand her business and diversify from tailoring while at the same time looks forward to studying abroad in design, fashion and business management.

    Muhammad Azmi bin Asbi graduated from an information technology and communication (ITC) course. His course was originally scheduled for six months but was extended for another four months due to the pandemic.

    Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad with Noorsarleenah @ Suzihana binti Sakawi after the graduation. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD
    ABOVE & BELOW: Muhammad Azmi bin Asbi; and Nurhafizah binti Irwan during her training

    “I gained a lot of experience and knowledge during my studies such as software management, assembling and disassembling of computers, multimedia, video and photography editing, 3D editing and designing, and building a website.”

    Despite having prior knowledge of computer building and software management, he said he gained far more knowledge on computers and his favourite module was on 3D sketchup where he had to design and build a 3D model of his own house including the interior.

    When COVID-19 hit the Sultanate, he had to study online and it was quite a challenge. He had to use the Zoom app and complete assignments using his own computer, which was underpowered for the software he had to use.

    “Thankfully, PPB lent me a computer so I could finish the work on time. My classmates and I managed to pull through that challenge. What I’ve learnt at PPB is vast amount of knowledge on computers. I also achieved the best student award in ITC course,” he said.

    After completing his studies, he had a three-month work attachment and landed a permanent job as a marketing coordinator.

    “I am humbled by it and thankful to my teachers and PPB. If it were not for them, I don’t think I would be where I am now,” he said.

    Nurhafizah binti Irwan graduated from her course in plumbing but was not able to attend her graduation due to work commitment.

    Nurhafizah said she underwent some challenges but can now see where she is heading.

    “A challenge in life is to find and develop skills,” she said. “I pursued plumbing as it could be completed in a year. I developed my skills and managed to used what I’ve learnt at work.”

    She added, “Now, I’m working in the oil and gas industry as a technician. I have learnt to work with people with my new-found confidence.”

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