Youth undergo basic skills course

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THE Youth Development Programme (YDP) for 2014/2015 kicked off yesterday, following a registration and induction ceremony that took place at the Youth Development Centre in Tanah Jambu.

More than 100 trainees have been selected for the first programme intake this year.

The trainees, some of them accompanied by their parents, received briefings about discipline, programme rules and hostel arrangements.

Prior to that, a speech was delivered by the guest of honour, Senior Special Duties Officer at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Datin Hjh Shireen Hj Mustapha.

She congratulated the trainees and lauded the programme as a useful opportunity for the young adults to gain skills that could be used as a basis to gain employment and income, following completion of the programme.

“I hope that the trainees selected to be part of the YDP 2014/2015 will not waste the opportunity given, as it will be your ‘passport’ in the job market later,” Datin Hjh Shireen said.

She also advised the trainees to persevere during the programme as they equip themselves with knowledge and skills.

“At the same time, trainees should constantly abide by the rules and regulations that have been put in place by the organisers, for their own betterment and welfare,” she added.

Datin Hjh Shireen also assured the new trainees that the programme would be filled with activities that are geared towards positive improvement, in terms of physical, intellectual, emotional and most importantly, spiritual aspects.

Similar to previous sessions, this year’s YDP will consist of three components: the Skills Training Programme; and the Self Development Programme (running from February until the end of October); and the Work Placement Programme, which will run for six months, from November until April next year.

They would also take part in additional activities such as the National Day celebration, motivational camps and community work.

Meanwhile, Acting Assistant Director of the Youth Development Centre Haswandi Hj Osman, told _The Brunei Times _that they had received a total of 145 applications this year, of which 110 applicants were selected for the YDP.

“The number of applicants has decreased a bit this year (compared to previous years), which is why we are opening a second programme intake, this coming March. We are hoping that more students – more youth – will apply to join us then,” Haswandi said.

Haswandi explained that the trainees had to go through interviews, as part of the selection process, so that their interest in the programme could be gauged, and to ensure that the trainees met the requirements.

“We know some of the applicants come from different backgrounds – some of them have family problems, or financial problems,” Haswandi said.

“The uniqueness of our YDP lies in that we don’t just focus on giving skill training, but we also focus on the Self Development Programme.

“Through it, we hope to change not just the mindsets, but also the attitudes and disciplines of the students,” Haswandi said.

School-leavers interested in applying for the second intake of the YDP 2014/2015 are encouraged obtain an application form from the Youth Development Centre, Jalan Utama Tanah Jambu, during working hours. The closing date for applications is on February 20, at 4.30pm.

The Brunei Times