IBTE students bag several awards at Worldskills ASEAN competition

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STUDENTS from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) who represented Brunei at the 10th Worldskills ASEAN competition have bagged several awards after competing in Hanoi.

The three students were in Hanoi from October 24 to 26. The 10th Worldskills ASEAN competition – themed “Skills – Our intrinsic values” was organised from October 19-29.

The competition encompassed 25 skills areas, including 23 official events and two demonstrations. It attracted 283 competitors, 192 experts, 950 delegates and observers from the 10 ASEAN member states.

Dk Qamarina Hayati Pg Kemarudin from the Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College’s (MTSSR) Hospitality Department, won third place in the Cooking skill area – beating the other 17 contestants, a press statement by the Ministry of Education said.

Her peer from the same department, Nur Amirah Hj Mohaimin was awarded the Medallion of Excellence for the same skill area.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Sallehuddin Hj Salleh from the Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College (MKJB), brought home the Medallion of Excellence award for surpassing the benchmark set in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) skills area.

Dk Qamarina Hayati, attributed her winning to the intensive coaching under the tutelage of Chef Rizal from the Empire Hotel and Country Club, where she was attached for a few months.

She also expressed her thanks to the instructors at the Hospitality Department at MTSSR, as well as Chef Sani and Chef Fairuz at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

She added to excel in such a prestigious competition as the Worldskills ASEAN competition, one needed to have passion and commitment and be physically and mentally ready as the competition was quite challenging.

Nur Amirah, currently a student from the SC3 in Food Beverage and Production programme, was surprised that she won a Medallion of Excellence because the other competitors were also well trained.

She credited her success to the intensive training she received from Ck Hjh Fatmah and Ck Hjh Rohana – both instructors at the Hospitality Department at MTSSR, as well as chefs at the Orchid Garden Hotel, which she trained under.

During the competition, she gained new experience and friends, as well as received constructive criticism that will enable her to develop her skills further.

She encouraged other students to participate in competitions such as this, as it can be used as a platform to gain exposure, learn new skills and techniques to advance further in the trade.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Sallehuddin, a student in Building Services and Engineering programme at MKJB, believed his instructor Ck Amir, who is also Head of Department at the MKJB’s Building Services Engineering, helped him achieve the award.

He went through six months of intensive training before entering the competition. Apart from winning, he believed that the experience gained using new tools and equipment was valuable.

According to the statement, participants in the competition recognise that vocational training is the better choice as it develops intrinsic values within the participants, their life, family and society.

Throughout the competition, the core values that serve as the five pillars of the skills competition were adhered to – namely, Integrity, Transparency, Fairness, Cooperation and Innovation.

The Worldskills ASEAN competition is held every two years to present talents on skills and advanced technologies in the sector of vocational training in the ASEAN region.

Among the objectives of the Worldskills ASEAN competition is to promote and upgrade the skills standard in the region and international level, as well as to strengthen solidarity and foster technical cooperation in vocational or technical education and training between member countries.

Brunei has regularly participated in this competition, and have won several awards. This year marks Brunei’s ninth time participating.

The Brunei Times