Seven youth with different abilities from the UnikLearn programme’s fifth cohort received their certificates in a graduation ceremony at Setia Pahlawan Hall, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism yesterday.
Under An-Nur Harapan, UnikLearn is a life skills and internship programme for youth with different abilities.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin presented the certificates.
The graduating trainees were: Chai Sin Ceah, Edwin Lai Ren Xin, Mohammad Hafizin Nabil bin Haji Arifin, Nur Hidayatul Shafiyyah binti Ariffin, Nurul Afiqah binti Irwan, Henry Tang Se Young and Awangku Waie.
After completing nine months of intensive training at the An-Nur Harapan centre, the trainees are now undertaking internships at Jollibee Brunei, Superfish Growers and Ezy Printing.
Upon completion of their attachments, they will each go on to gainful employment or pursue other forms of personal development.
Chai Sin Ceah, who has an internship at Ezy Printing, said the UnikLearn programme has helped her to grow and learn life skills to become an independent person.
The 21-year-old thanked the teachers in the programme for their guidance and gave words of encouragement for future trainees.
Meanwhile, Henry Tang said, “I feel very happy to be graduating after completing one year of the UnikLearn programme.
“The programme helped to build my character to be more polite and learn new life skills.”
Henry has been working at Jollibee Brunei for three months and is enjoying his work life.
In a message for the next cohort, he said, “Work hard, train hard and learn hard during the programme.” Nineteen-year-old Nur Hidayatul Shafiyyah said, “After completing the programme, I feel that I have grown and am more independent. I am happy I was able to graduate.
“The programme provided progressive lessons so I could more easily follow. I also learnt to be more polite and courteous.”
To future UnikLearn trainees, she advised, “Don’t be afraid and don’t be nervous.”
Also present were Chairman of An-Nur Harapan Board of Directors Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman bin Pengiran Haji Damit and Brunei Association of Hotels (BAH) President Mohd Iswandi bin Maaruf.
Attendees comprised permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, senior government officers, UnikLearn trainees, An-Nur Harapan management and staff, government agencies, private sector, programme sponsors and partners, parents and guardians of the trainees.