Scaffolding course graduates ready to practise skills

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FOURTEEN youths yesterday received certificates in a ceremony held at the Youth Development Centre’s (YDC) Bina Diri Hall, for completing the first ever scaffolding short-course programme.

The programme is carried out by the centre in partnership with Mashhor General Contractor Sdn Bhd.

The programme hoped to allow youths to explore their potential and gain “on-the-job” experience in the scaffolding field.

During the six-month course, participants engaged in theoretical and practical training at the YDC for the first two months, before starting a work-placement programme with the Mashhor Group of Companies.

Acting Assistant Director of YDC Haswandi Hj Osman, also the ceremony’s chairman, said in his welcoming speech the scaffolding course was initiated to produce more young professionals in the field of scaffolding, thereby contributing to the development of skilled manpower in Brunei Darussalam.

It is hoped the implementation of this scaffolding course would lead to potential creation of many other short courses by YDC, which will further lead to more jobs for the youth of Brunei, he added.

Haswandi also praised the first batch of trainees for having shown high enthusiasm and commitment in performing assigned tasks.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah was also present at the ceremony to hand out certificates to the recipients.

The minister said the scaffolding short-course programme was a realistic effort to overcome the problem of youth unemployment in Brunei.

He said he hopes there will be a positive change in mindset and perception of youth towards a career in the scaffolding field, as a result of the government and private sector’s efforts.

“Judging by the current needs in the scaffolding field job market, [we] will ensure the scaffolding short-course programme continues. Hopefully, the second round of the course will be initiated in December 2013,” he stated.

One of the course graduates, Md Firdaus Md Salleh @ Abdul Aziz, 21, told The Brunei Times he was grateful for having gained so much experience in the scaffolding field as a result of the course.

“It would be better if more local youths decide to enrol in the course, and work in the field of scaffolding, as we will be able to have more local experts in the field,” he said.

Md Khairul Anwar Ismit, 24, said he was very excited about starting work. However, he acknowledged there were plenty of risks and hazards associated with the job, citing safety as top priority.

Similar sentiments were shared by 19-year-old Abdul Zuheir Tuah who said working with scaffolding at significant heights could be dangerous, and at times, scary.

“However, I feel proud to have finished the course, and I will do my best to work to the best of my abilities,” he said.

Hj Malai Abd Hamid Hj Malai Mashhor, chairman of Mashhor General Contractor Sdn Bhd, said course participants were directly exposed to height safety guidelines during their training, to ensure scaffolding work could be completed with the highest standards of safety.

Towards the end of the ceremony, a public contract was signed between some of the scaffolding course graduates and Mashhor General Contractor Sdn Bhd.

The Brunei Times